Underwater Naturalist

Know Your Neighborhood

PADI Underwater Naturalist

Look closer to see more on your next dive.  Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life.  Learn not just which fish or animal you're looking at, but how they interact with each other and their environment.

Clown Fish in anemone with purple tips

The Fun Part

Learn why some creatures behave the way they do and about their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.

What You Learn

  • The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths.
  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment

You put this information into practice during your two open water dives.


Please Be Aware:

This course is offered ONLY on one of our COLUMBIA SCUBA-sponsored dive trips where coral reef diving is available.


What You Need:

GEAR:   A full scuba package appropriate to the water temperature of diving environment.

MATERIALS:  Advanced Open Water Manual - Chapter on Underwater Naturalist.

For all your learning materials and equipment, and registration contact us today.

PREREQUISITES:  Must be Open Water Certified.


What's Next

  • AWARE Fish Identification
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Project AWARE Specialist
  • Underwater Photographer/Videographer 
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy  --  which could be considered almost a mandatory complement to all the above Specialities
  • PADI National Geographic Diver  --  become an underwater conservationist!


For more information, available course dates and registration -- contact us and discuss options with one of our Team Members.