PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course

Think about your diving experiences. Whether you have made only a few dives or hundreds, or whether you dive in salt water or fresh, you have seen and become familiar with aquatic organisms and some of their characteristics.

The Underwater Naturalist course takes your experiences and builds upon them. You will understand more about the animals and plants you see underwater and learn how the environment dictates their form and behavior; most important you will learn how to fit in, how your actions affect organisms that you interact with and how to visit the aquatic world in a responsible manner.


Who Can Enroll?

This course is open to divers who are:

  • At least 10 years old.
  • Certified as a PADI Open Water Diver level or equivalent.
  • Able to either answer NO to all questions on the standard Medical History Form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.

What Is Involved?

This course consists of:

  • Self study.
  • One classroom session.
  • Two open water training dives.

Where And When Do Classes Take Place?

Self study takes place at the comfort of your home. Classroom session takes place right here at Squalo Divers. Open water dives take place at one of more than 50 dive sites that we have to offer.

Underwater Naturalist Specialty classes start at any time. Classroom session is done during regular store hours. Open water training dives are done any day of the week. All activities take place by appointment only.

What Is Included In The Cost?

The course fee is $225 per person and includes:

  • All instruction.
  • Use of regulator, bcd, tanks and weights.
  • Two open water training dives.
  • Certification card processing.

    What Equipment Will You Need?

    Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:

    • Scuba mask, scuba snorkel and scuba fins.+
    • Adequate exposure protection.* +
    • Slate. +
    • Bathing suit and towel.

    *Items are available for rent at Squalo Divers.

    +Items are available for purchase at Squalo Divers.


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