Underwater Naturalist

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Underwater Naturalist course.

What will you learn?

Through class discussions and on two scuba dives, you’ll learn:

  • Key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds.

  • Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths.

  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

How can you start learning now?

Contact us to sign up for the Underwater Naturalist course and get your Underwater Naturalist manual. After reading the manual and filling out the Knowledge Review, you’re ready to meet with your PADI Instructor and plan your underwater naturalist dives. 

What scuba gear will you use?

In the PADI Underwater Naturalist course, you will use basic scuba equipment. You will also need a slate and pencil to record your observations. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional equipment such as a dive light to better see into cracks and crevices.

Next Step

Look closer and earn your next certification, contact us to sign up for the Underwater Naturalist course.