NAUI Board Of Directors Election

Announcing the 2017 NAUI Board of Directors Election Candidates

The Elections Committee announces the official candidate list for the 2017 NAUI Board of Directors election:

Barry Moore, NAUI 6790
Gary Kulisek, NAUI 11023
Keith Wrisley, NAUI 42234
Jan-Willem van Gelder, NAUI 45653
Michael Feld, NAUI 50134

These five candidates will be listed on the ballot for this year’s election. Eligible voting members may also vote for write-in candidates.

The Board has three positions to be filled for four-year terms in the 2017 NAUI Board of Directors election.

Each candidate’s bio-sketch and position statement are published and can be found by clicking the links associated with each candidate name listed above. This information will also be on the ballot.

Each candidate has the option to send two email messages to NAUI members during the election cycle. A third-party email service has been contracted to send these emails. If you prefer to not receive these candidate communications, you may stop receiving candidate emails by using the UNSUBSCRIBE link provided by the third-party email service. (Note, Members who “opt out” from candidate emails will still receive member announcements from NAUI Headquarters.)

Opinions contained in any candidate email are those of the candidate. The National Association of Underwater Instructors and NAUI Services Group do not provide or endorse the opinions in any campaign statements made by and distributed by any candidate via mail, email, web sites, social media, or in person.


Study candidate information, acquaint yourself with the candidates and their positions, and vote for your 3 choices. Voting instructions will be provided to eligible voting Members in September. Voting begins Monday, October 2, 2017, at 9 AM EDT. Voting ends Monday, November 6, 2017, at 5 PM EST. Paper ballots are available upon request and, completed paper ballots must be received by 5 PM EST on Monday, November 6, 2017, to be counted in this election.

Your opportunity to vote represents a right and responsibility unique to NAUI members. Please take the time to inform yourself of each candidate then cast your vote. Your vote is extremely important.

The newly elected Directors will take office in January 2018.

Please direct any questions via email to election@naui.org or by mail to Elections Coordinator, NAUI Worldwide, 9030 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, FL 33578 or by fax to +1 (813) 628-8253.



2017 NAUI Ballot - Proposition #1

On August 8, 2017, the NAUI Board of Directors approved a recommendation to amend Article II - Membership of the NAUI Bylaws to create a new class of membership, NAUI Freediving Instructor as follows:

Article II – Membership, Section 2 – Voting Members.

Add new sub-section:

C. Freediving Instructors. These are members who have attained the certification status of Freediving Instructor by completing the requirements established by the NAUI BOD to enable them to issue various levels of freediving certification as may be provided by the Association.

(i) Active status freediving instructors are freediving instructor members who have attained the certification status of freediving instructor, and meet the requirements to issue certifications as established by the NAUI BOD.

(ii.) Sustaining status freediving instructors are freediving instructor members who have attained the certification status of freediving instructor, but do not currently meet the requirements to issue certifications as established by the NAUI BOD.

Explanation: Freediving is a rapidly growing and evolving sector in the diving industry that includes divers who exclusively rely on breath-hold techniques. NAUI Instructors must demonstrate knowledge and proficiency of scuba diving equipment and, based on additional qualifications, may request authorization to teach NAUI freediving courses. Creation of a Freediving Instructor membership allows qualified individuals to join the Association as a NAUI Freediving Instructor without the requirement to demonstrate mastery of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA).

Ballot Proposal: Shall the NAUI Bylaws, Article II – Membership, Section 2 – Voting Members be amended to add Freediving Instructor as a new membership type in the National Association of Underwater Instructors?



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