PADI Underwater Naturalist

PADI Underwater Naturalist

No it doesn’t mean diving naked, that’s a naturist!


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 what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment. It will open your eyes to the wonders that are just below the surface of your local dive site, even in lakes and quarries.

To Start

How do I get started?

As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. A deposit of £50 is required to book your PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty. We will provide you with the PADI Underwater Naturalist manual for you to read prior to the start of your training.



What will I do?

During your programme you will cover the following:

  • The major aquatic life groupings and their 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 will have one and a half days of intense underwater naturalist training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.


You will put into practice what you learn in a combination of skills in two open water training dives.



How long will it take?

The PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty takes place over one weekend. Starting on the Friday evening you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Underwater Naturalist manual.


The Saturday will cover all the practical sessions during your two open water training dives.


You can arrange with your instructor to continue to gain experience on the Sunday by using the equipment from the programme to do some more diving before handing it back in on the Sunday afternoon. The extra day's equipment hire is included in the cost of your programme.



What will I need?

The PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent is the prerequisite for the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty.


All standard scuba equipment requirements are included in the price.


The minimum age for enrolment on this programme is 10 years.


You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.



PADI Underwater Naturalist £145.


A £50 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.



Starting on Friday evenings at 6.30pm and continuing on Saturday for the experience dives.


Courses starting monthly. Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email


Where To?

Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your PADI Naturalist Specialty you can take full advantage of the fantastic aquatic life found around the world. An ideal progression to your training is the PADI AWARE Fish ID Specialty or The PADI Digital Underwater Photograpy Specialty which will allow you to identify and document your finds.


Once you have completed five PADI specialties, the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.


Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.

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