PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty
Are you fascinated with
Always wondering what that
fish is and why it always dances under a coral
head whenever you get close?
If you’re engrossed with life
under the surface, the PADI Underwater Naturalist
Specialty course is especially for you.
In your journey to underwater
naturalist, the course teaches you about the
different major aquatic life groupings and how they
interact so that you understand what you observe in
the underwater environment.
With the PADI Underwater
Naturalist Specialty course under your belt, you see
the aquatic world differently. You don’t see “fish,”
but individual species with distinct strategies for
surviving in a complex, interactive ecosystem.
What do I need to start?
You must be a PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open
Water Diver (or qualifying certification from
What will I learn?
- Overview of aquatic life
groupings and interrelations
- The role of aquatic
plants, food chains and predator prey
- Responsible interactions
with aquatic life
- The underwater naturalist’s
view of organisms and their roles in the
- You then put this
information into practice during two Open Water
dives with your instructor.
Where can I go from here?
toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.