PADI Underwater Naturalist

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Orante ghost pipefish during PADI underwater naturalist course Phuket

PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course Thailand

Price: 8,300 THB

Course duration: 1 Day | 2 Boat Dives

The purpose and philosophy of the PADI Underwater Naturalist course is to focus on responsible interactions with the living marine environment. You will expand your knowledge of aquatic life and learn how to interact with the living underwater world.

At Kiwidiver we will show you the different major aquatic life groupings and how they interact so that you understand what you are watching in the underwater environment. You will no longer see ‘fish’, but individual species with distinct strategies for surviving in a complex, interactive ecosystem.

Course Details | Underwater Naturalist 

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Prerequisites

  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver 

  • Min 10 years old

You will learn

You will learn about some of the major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels popular myths, the role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator-prey relationships and responsible interactions with aquatic life.

You will also begin to understand some of the interrelated survival tactics that allow quite unexpected creatures to live side by side.

Octopus transforming colours and texture furing PADI Underwater Naturalist course Thailand
Purple dragon nudibranch during PADI Underwater Naturalist course Thailand

You study independently by reading the PADI Underwater Naturalist Manual and apply this knowledge development on open water dives.

There is no required confined water or surface practice sessions for the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course, however as the dives for this course require close proximity to the reef and sensitive marine life good buoyancy is required. Depending on your level of diving experience we may encourage you to combine this course with further training like the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course.

Both dives in the course emphasize environmentally friendly diving techniques and passive interaction with aquatic life. The first dive focuses on finding, recognizing and identifying organisms from each of the broad groups. The second dive focuses on studying the interrelationships of organisms and the effects of humans on the environment.

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Mantis shrimp seen during PADI underwater naturalist specialty course Phuket
Soft corals seen during PADI underwater naturalist course Phuket
Cuttlefish seen during PADI underwater naturalist course Kiwidiver
Lobster seen during PADI underwater naturalist specialty course Kiwidiver Phuket

Course Performance Requirements

Underwater Naturalist Open Water Dive 1

By the end of the first open water dive of this course you will be able to:

  • Passively observe aquatic life.
  • Demonstrate and apply diving techniques that preserve bottom dwelling organisms and minimize disturbing aquatic life.
  • Locate and identify, by common or scientific name, at least two local aquatic plants (one for fresh water).
  • Locate and identify, by common or scientific name, at least four local aquatic invertebrates (one for fresh water).
  • Locate and identify, by common or scientific name at least five local aquatic vertebrates (two for fresh water).

Underwater Naturalist Open Water Dive 2

By the end of the second open water dive of this course you will be able to:

  • Passively observe aquatic life.
  • Demonstrate and apply diving techniques that preserve bottom-dwelling organisms and minimize disturbing aquatic life.
  • Find and identify as many symbiotic relationships and predator/prey relationships as you can.
  • Find and identify as many human effects on the environment as you can.

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