PADI Underwater Naturalist Course

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Get a better understanding about the local ecosystem and the differences between terrestrial and aquatic worlds. See new things, even in the most familiar dive sites.

The PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course will show you new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviours and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.

Program Structure

ThePADI Underwater Naturalis course is a one evening and one full day in the ocean program. Meet you dive buddies and instructor on the first day starting at 6:00pm at Frog Dive Scuba Centre, finishing around 9:00pm, depending on the group. The ocean session is done over one day, with two shore dives in total.

Evening Discussion

  • Intro to the aquatic realm
  • Mythology of marine plants and animals
  • Survey of aquatic life
  • Responsible human interaction
  • Get you ready for the two dives

Dive #1

  • Passively observe aquatic life
  • Use neutral buoyancy to preserve bottom dwelling critters
  • Locate and identify local marine plants
  • Locate and identify at least four local invertebrate animals (snails, starfish, crayfish, octopus, anemones etc)
  • Locate and identify at least five local vertebrate animals (fish and critters with bones)

Dive #2

  • Passively observe aquatic life
  • Use neutral buoyancy to preserve bottom dwelling critters
  • Identify and observe as many symbiotic; predator/prey relationships as possible.
  • Locate as many indications of impact by man on the local environment as possible, and evaluate the cause

Requirements

  • Student need to be at least 12 years old
  • Hold PADI Open Water Diver (or Junior Open Water Certification) or equivalent

What’s Included

  • PADI Underwater Naturalist Manual
  • FREE Gear Hire
  • PADI Instructor tuition and administrative fees
  • PADI Underwater Naturalist Manual International Certification Card upon completion of the program

What to bring

  • PADI Underwater Naturalist Manual with knowledge reviews completed on the start of the practical session
  • Towel and swimmers
  • Dry & comfortable clothes for after training sessions
  • Personal accessories for a beach day like hat, sunscreen, tongs, etc
  • Food and drink for ocean dive days
  • Transport to/from dive site