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The PADI Underwater Naturalist Course is
designed to give the recreational diver a greater understanding of the marine
environment and a broader awareness of the relationships between marine
Three evenings of classroom will cover basic concepts of marine ecology for both
the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. We will also learn appropriate diving
habits for observing and interacting with marine life and their habitat. Open
water dives will combine practicing these diving habits as well as conducting
basic underwater surveys.
Module 1: Introduction to the aquatic realm, divers and their
environment, general ecology of marine ecosystems.
Module 2: Survey of aquatic life and relationships between aquatic
animals, animal I.D. techniques.
Module 3: Aquatic life mythology and human perception, responsible human
Three Open Water Dives
Dive 1: The identification and observation of marine species from several
groups, identification and observation of marine relationships and interactions.
Dive 2: Survey of community structure and relationship of different
Dive 3: Night dive - comparison of day and night differences in community
structure and observation of marine species.
Texts: PADI Encyclopedia, Reef Fish, Reef Coral and Reef
Full scuba equipment including 3 tanks, underwater slate, and whistle or
Classroom Course Costs: $100.00
Ocean Dive Fee for 3 Dives: $100.00 or Referral Dive Fee:
Charter Fee: $85.00
Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
Class Size: 14 Students