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New NAUI Scholarship

Larry Klinger   Nov 18, 2022

NAUI and this Scholarship

NAUI, the National Association of Underwater Instructors, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) worldwide educational association incorporated in the United States of America. Started in 1959, NAUI is the oldest recreational scuba training agency in the United States.

NAUI’s purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments.

An international organization with members on all continents and partner offices worldwide, NAUI is by nature and business a diverse and inclusive organization. As a diverse organization, our commitment to openness and inclusivity is built into who we are, and it is the nature of our business to be welcoming to everyone.

The NAUI Diversity Scholarship affirms our commitment to be broadly inclusive, with the broadest possible cross section of members from all walks of life. This scholarship is specifically targeted at providing opportunities to dive leaders from economically disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.

Who is this Scholarship for?

  • Those from underrepresented groups in diving, based on personal background, as demonstrated by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, educational experience, socioeconomic background, cultural heritage, race and ethnicity, and geographic origin.
  • Divemasters and Scuba Instructors from any training agency looking to become a NAUI Instructor
  • Those who have a distinct interest in supporting their communities through engagement and development in aquatic activities, especially scuba diving.


What does this entail?

  • The Diversity Subcommittee Chair and Scholarship Advisory Committee will select winners based on candidate application. See below for application details and requirements.
  • NAUI will provide reimbursement up to $2500 for direct expenses related to the instructor course.
  • Applicants shall be able to identify a NAUI Affiliate and/or Course Director they’d like to complete their training with. If an applicant is located in an area where this may be challenging, the Diversity Subcommittee will support the scholar through this process of identifying a training provider.