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I am a NAUI Instructor! NAUI, the "National Association of Underwater Instructors" exemplifies what I love about scuba diving education! "NAUI is the largest non-profit and most respected dive training and certifying organization in the world." They've been teaching divers safely since 1959 and has "the highest training standards in the recreational diving industry." NAUI is more than just a certification agency as each Instructor is a "Member" and has an "equal vote in the Association's leadership, its Board of Directors." It's a great honor and I feel privileged to be a part of this great organization!

By being an independent NAUI Instructor, I have the freedom to meet the academic needs of my students in the best way for the student. No cookie-cutter education. NAUI's instructors are leaders in the diving community. Superior leadership and instructor training are founded in the "Loved One" concept. That is, it is only those we would trust to train our loved ones to dive that we graduate at any level and especially so for leadership and instructor certification. This basis allows us to collectively trust members to behave ethically and respect their abilities as NAUI leaders and educators.
So, how did I get here...? Well, after ten years in banking and finance, I decided to take some time off, travel, and do the things that I've always wanted to do. Scuba diving was one of those things. In 2006, I took my first class, and I was hooked. It was the greatest experience I have ever had! I went through all of the recreational courses, then went through all the professional courses and started to teach in 2008. In order to keep learning and feed my interest, I did an extensive amount of technical training and technical diving culminating in a 241ft dive on the USS Monitor in the Outer Banks of North Carolina! Yes, That's me, Juan Carlos Aguilar...!!!