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UW Naturalist Specialty

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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.

Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see 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 behaviors 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.

The Underwater Naturalist Diver Course has two parts:

  • Knowledge Development (you will be given a course manual for you to study, independently prior to your open water dives) to understand key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds. Know about major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths, and how to responsible interactions with aquatic life.
  • 2 x Open Water Dives to find, observe and note interactions between different aquatic life groupings, and to discuss what you find.

The course takes place in 1 day.

Courses are scheduled on demand.

Equipment rental is free of charge for this course.

Prerequisites:

First - purchase your course online.  Next, we'll get in contact and give you dates, and your course information pack.  This pack includes all the course details, online training information (if applicable), medical forms, etc.

  • On the medical form, you will need to answer a few questions. Please read the form carefully before filling it out. If you answer YES to ANY of the questions, you will need a doctor to sign the form stating you are fit to learn to dive. If the answers are all NO, you don't need to see a doctor.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.  You can find the form here.
  • If your course includes online training, you can start right away with your online training code.
UW Naturalist Specialty