James Burkhart

NAUI Membership Origination: 12/31/1990
NAUI Membership Expiration: 12/31/2016
NAUI Membership Status: Active

NAUI Member Email: blackhart556@gmail.com

Courses I Teach

  • Scuba Diver
  • Adv Scuba Diver
  • Scuba Rescue Diver
  • Master Scuba Diver
  • Jr Scuba Diver
  • U/W Videography
  • Skin Diver

  • My NAUI Bio

    In the summer of 1985 I enrolled in a PADI Open Water Diver Course. After completing the course I felt that there was far more to learn about scuba than was presented. I enrolled in a PADI Advanced Course. I read most of the book prior to the class and had several questions for my instructor. On the first night of class I was amazed to find out that the instructor was not required to lecture, answer questions or issue a written test about all the material in the textbook. I was going to be qualified as an “Advanced Diver” with only 5 more dives and no confirmation that I understood any additional academic knowledge. I then went to yet another dive store and met some truly awesome instructors. I purchased all my Scuba Pro equipment and continued my education there earning my Divemaster card by the end of 1985.
    I enrolled in a PADI Instructor Class in 1988 with a true legend in scuba training, Course Director Commander Jim Williams. Now on his eternal dive Commander Williams was an inspirational leader who I will never forget. As the former Dean of the PADI College he had worldwide contacts and arranged an interview with the owner of a dive operation in Cozumel/Cancun. Hurricane Gilbert heavily damaged the Cayman and Cozumel/Cancun prior to my arrival.
    In the fall of 1988 I decided to stay in the states and accepted a position at a large travel agency as Director of Adventure. I researched travel destinations around the globe focusing on Scuba trips with additional extensions to explore rainforests, volcanoes or even white water rafting.
    In 1989 I opened a dive store.
    While attending the DEMA convention in late 1989 we decided to discontinue PADI Instruction and become a NAUI Pro Facility.
    Here were a few of my reasons to switch to NAUI:

    Higher course standards including fundamentals of rescue in every course.

    Safer dive tables and decompression rules that were consistent with dive computers.

    Realistic training progression with a true Advanced Course including in depth academic knowledge.

    Ability to enhance the learning experience for gifted students.

    Worldwide recognition that NAUI is a better course.

    From 1989 through 1992 I taught scuba at every level from Entry Level through Instructor. My scuba instruction experience includes Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver, Specialty Courses, Dive Master and Assistant Instructor. I received my Instructor Trainer Certification in 1992 after 240 hours of continued education through staffing of multiple Instructor Courses.

    A list of travel destinations that I have visited:

    Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman

    Cozumel and the Yucatan including Ceynotes and Holbox Island

    Bahama Islands including Andros, New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama

    Hawaii including Maui, Kawaii, Lanaii, Big Island and Oahu

    Fiji Northern Islands

    Micronesia – Chuuk (Truk Lagoon)


    Florida Keys

    Sea of Cortez including La Paz and Cabo San Lucas

    Land based and live aboard dive boats.

    There is an entire world out there to dive…let’s go!

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