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PADI UNDERWATER NATURALIST The PADI Underwater Naturalist Course

The PADI Underwater Naturalist Course

COURSE PRICE & DURATION: $139 / 1 Day Buy Course Online PREREQUISITES: PADI Open Water Diver certification Age 15 (12 for Junior OW) COURSE CONTENTS: 3 dives Land Drills Open Water Drills EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Surface marker buoy REQUIRED TEXTS: PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Manual LINKS: Medical questionnaire (pdf)

Look closer to see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.

The Fun Part

Learn about why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.

What You Learn

  • The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths.
  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment

You put this information into practice during your two open water dives.

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Your Next Adventure

If you are interested in becoming an underwater conservationist or documenting what you encounter, you’ll also enjoy these specialty courses: PADI National Geographic Diver, AWARE Fish Identification, Coral Reef Conservation, Project AWARE Specialist, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Digital Underwater Photography, Underwater Videographer.


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