The Underwater Naturalist Course will take your common diving adventures and add more fun to them once you know more about the marine life. Plants and animals, where they live, what they are called, the best time of year to find them, interesting facts and myths, and all this and more are covered during your PADI Underwater Naturalist Course. Other important topics include environment, passive and active interaction with the animals, how to avoid damaging fragile habitats and buoyancy control skills. (You may want to complement this course with a Digital Underwater Photography or Macro Photography course. This is a great way to bring back pictures of the animals and plants to show them to your non-diving friends.)
Underwater Naturalist Course Format
Course includes two evening sessions with lectures and slide presentations of local marine life as well as warm water marine creatures. There are two open water dives required for certification.
Topics Covered: Terrestrial and aquatic environments, human perceptions of aquatic life, search for and evaluation of man’s effect on the local diving environment, New England critters, responsible interaction with aquatic life, and study of aquatic life relationships.
Prerequisites: PADI Open Water or equivalent. Minimum age 12.
Required Gear: Students are responsible for providing a complete scuba package. Any needed equipment may be rented at a student discount.
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Tuition: $225.00 plus academic material