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Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond
Dutch/Netherlands underwater sports association/federation/union
Formation1962 (1962)
PurposeUnderwater Sports & Sciences and diver training
Region served
16,000 members (including 2100 instructors) [1]
Official language
CMAS Europe[2]

The Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond, (NOB) is the national governing body for recreational diving and underwater sports in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1962. In 2008 there were 290 scuba diving clubs and schools with a total of 20.000 members. The NOB is a member of CMAS Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques.[3] The aim of the NOB is to develop recreational scuba diving in the Netherlands.

Underwater sport

NOB supports competition at all levels for the following underwater sports: finswimming and underwater hockey.[4][5]


The NOB offers training with particular attention to the difficult dive conditions encountered in the Netherlands (currents, limited visibility, cold water).

Youth program

Diving skills certification

Specialty training

Prerequisite: 1 star diver

Prerequisite: 2 star diver

Prerequisite: 3 star diver

(#) Those specialties are validated by 2* instructors (minimum) who followed an additional instructor course. Other specialties by any 2*-instructor (minimum) having self the specialty as a diver.

(##) Maximum 20 minutes decompression stops; maximal depth 50 meters.

Leadership courses

The Docent and Master-Instructor are the two highest levels of instructors within the NOB[dubious ]. They lead commissions, speak on behalf of the NOB when required, etc. Given the stringent selection process, based upon application and approval from the board of directors, very few NOB instructors reach this level of certification.

Compliance with European Standards

The NOB obtained CEN certification from the EUF certification body in 2008 for the following diver and instructor grades:


  1. ^ a b "About the NOB". Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  2. ^ "CMAS Europe Articles of Association, 25 June 2005" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 December 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond". Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Underwater Hockey". Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Finswimming". Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  6. ^ "EUF Certified Training Systems/Training Organisations". EUF Certification International. Retrieved 30 September 2013.