Instructor Certifications (Agencies we teach through)
NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors)
For forty years, NAUI has offered the finest training programs in the industry. Not the biggest; simply the best. Their motto “Safety through Education” states a principle that seems to be lost in a world of drive-throughs and shortcuts.
PADI: Professional Association of Diving Instructors
PADI is the world’s leading scuba diving training organization.
With more than forty years experience, over 136,000 PADI Professionals and more than 6200 dive shops and resorts worldwide, PADI training materials and services let you experience scuba diving from nearly anywhere.
Scuba diving with PADI Instructors, Dive Centers and Resorts can help transform your life through education, experience, equipment and environmental conservation:
- Education: There are a multitude of PADI scuba diving courses choose from. Whether you want to learn scuba, improve your skills or become a scuba instructor, you can do it via the PADI System of diver education.
PADI Dive Shops offer a variety of experiences through tours, local charters and dive trips. Through your local PADI Dive Center or Resort, you can explore dive sites nearby your home or exotic vacation destinations around the world. You an also build life long friendships with fellow dive buddies in the PADI Diving Society.
Learn about all the fun gadgets and scuba gear available to you through PADI Dive Shops and Resorts.
- Environmental Conservation:
Organizations like Project AWARE Foundation help preserve and protect aquatic environments. You can volunteer with your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort and participate in a variety of conservation events.
TDI: Technical Diving International
TDI is the largest technical certification agency in the world. As one of the first agencies to provide training in mixed gas diving and rebreathers, TDI is seen as an innovator of new diving techniques and programs which previously were not available to the general public. Training with TDI has provided divers with the opportunity to see such wrecks as the Andrea Doria, Lusitania and the Prince of Wales. TDI divers have explored underwater caves in Spain, Australia and Mexico and assisted as support divers on world record freedives done in the Red Sea.
TDI’s professionals are held to the highest standard to ensure quality training throughout the world. This means that as a diver taking a TDI course, your instructor will have documented his experience and knowledge prior to achieving that rating. As an instructor candidate taking a TDI course, your TDI instructor trainer will have gone through the paces to achieve the highest level of training that TDI offers.
TDI is committed to offering the highest quality training supported by the latest materials with the most up to date information and techniques. TDI’s materials are written by authors that acutely conduct the type of diving they are writing about. Those same materials are updated as technology and equipment change.
DAN (Divers Alert Network)
Divers Alert Network (DAN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit medical and research organization dedicated to the safety and health of recreational scuba divers and associated with Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). DAN is supported by the largest association of recreational divers in the world. DAN O2 Provider courses are available at Scuba North.
Scuba Diving Classes
Basic Open Water Diver Training – Click here for details.
Completion of Pool Classes is done over 2 days. The class includes 4 scuba dives and 1 skin dive. Class size limited — preregistration strongly advised!
Advanced Scuba Diver Classes – Click here for details.
A 3-day course consisting of 6 dives — 3 required dives (Navigation, Deep and Night) and 3 elective dives (Underwater Salvage, Search and Rescue, Photo, Video or Wreck Diving).
Winter Scuba Classes
In the winter, classroom and the pool are utilized to complete confined water training. Open water training can be completed while on a Scuba North group trip, on vacation, or in the spring, once water warms up in the area.
Rescue Diver Course
The Rescue Diver course is a course every diver should take. It prepares you to handle that unforeseen dive related emergency that could happen at any time. It is also a prerequisite for NAUI and PADI Leadership courses including Divemaster and Instructor. Adult CPR and Advanced Diver or equivalent must be completed prior to taking this class. Minimum age is 17 years. There are 6 dives spread out over 3 weekends. DAN Oxygen Provider will be included in this training.
Enriched Air Nitrox Classes
Enriched Air Nitrox is a one day class that educates divers in the benefits of oxygen enriched air; its limits, hazards, and safe use. A workbook, charts, a certification folder, instructor’s fee, and 2 nitrox dives are included in the student kit.
Ice Diving Courses
This seasonal course provides divers with a basic understanding of the knowledge and skills
needed to minimize risks and gain experience in ice diving. Ice diving is defined as a penetration under solid ice.
Technical Diver Training
Scuba North offers training for the technical diver from Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures through Advanced Trimix. We use TDI material for all our Technical Diver training classes. Our instructors are avid technical divers and have an experience level unmatched at most shops in the midwest. From Mexico and Florida cave exploration to wreck dives on the Andrea Doria and USS Monitor – our instructors have a wealth of experience which you can benefit from. We also offer Mod 1 training on the Titan Rebreather.