PADI Underwater Naturalist Description
PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course at Underwater Vision
One of the most interesting aspects of scuba diving is encountering the creatures of the aquatic ecosystem and observing their interactions with one another. Curiosity may lead a diver to wonder what exactly the relationships between the different species on the reef surrounding Utila and elsewhere are, and how they interact in both beneficial and non-beneficial ways. Take a step beyond fish identification and learn about the relationships between plant, animal and environment.
The Cooper family of Underwater Vision have been diving the waters of Utila for decades and are a wealth of information when it comes to conversing about the various species and the changes they have witnessed in the last generation.
Many of our PADI Professional have been working in Utila's marine environment for years and are apt teachers and biology aficionados who are very excited to share their knowledge with their students.
What will you learn?
Through class discussions and on two scuba dives, you’ll 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
The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
How can you start learning now?
Pick up your PADI Underwater Naturalist Manual at Underwater Vision as you enroll in the course. 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.
If you are interested in reef and aquatic ecosystem conservation you may also be interested in taking these other PADI specialty courses: