Specialty Courses - Underwater Naturalist

Manta Ray, taken near Hawaii
Manta Ray, taken near Hawaii

Photos Courtesy: Carl Nilsen

Interested in sea life? Then this program is for you! You'll need to be a PADI Open Water Diver (Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent) and be at least 10.

Your PADI Underwater Naturalist program will include two open water dives, which may be conducted in one day, which will introduce you to different aquatic life and include an overview of responsible human interactions with aquatic life. Some of the topic covered are:

  • The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of diving in different aquatic environments.
  • A basic overview of major aquatic life groupings (kingdoms and phyla).
  • Factual information that dispels myths of potentially dangerous aquatic life.
  • An overview of basic aquatic life interactions and associations.
  • Responsible human interactions with aquatic life.
  • Diving technique used to help preserve bottom dwelling aquatic life and minimize aquatic life disturbance.
  • The elective Underwater Naturalist dive from the Adventures In Diving program may count toward the certification requirements for this specialty at the instructor's discretion.

To become more familiar with the underwater environment, stop by your Fantasea Scuba & Travel and sign up for this specialty.

Underwater Naturalist Specialty

Prerequisites: Must be at least 12 years old and be certified as PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent).



Call to set-up dates for Summer 2012.

Destinations and class dates are subject to change. Please call for confirmation.

Divers in the water.