Underwater Naturalist Specialty Instructor


This course is designed to be an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment and to help your student diver develop safe and responsible interaction with aquatic life.

Priorities in the course:

  • planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of diving in different aquatic environments.
  • basic overview of major aquatic life groupings (kingdoms and phyla).
  • factual information that dispels myths of potentially dangerous aquatic life.
  • an overview of basic aquatic life interactions and associations.
  • responsible human interactions with aquatic life.
  • diving technique used to help preserve bottom dwelling aquatic life and minimize aquatic life disturbance.

Be a renewed PADI Assistant Instructor (or higher rating) or have completed an IDC/OWSI within the last 12 months.


One day including one open water dive.


  • Fish Identification books for your region
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Outline for Underwater Naturalist
  • Additional to your other dive gear: UW slate & Fish ID slates
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AWARE Fish Indentification
AWARE Shark Conservation
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Cavern Instructor
Deep Instructor
Digital Underwater Photography
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Drift Instructor
Dry Suit Instructor
DSMB Instructor
Emergency Oxygen Provider
Enriched Air Nitrox
Equipment Specialist
Full Face Mask Instructor
Gas Blender
Ice Instructor
Lionfish Instructor
Multilevel & Computer Instructor
Night Instructor
Recompression Chamber
Sea Turtle Instructor
Search & Recovery Instructor
Self Reliant Instructor
Semiclosed Rebreather
Sidemount Instructor
UW Communication Instructor
Underwater Naturalist
Underwater Navigator
Underwater Videographer
Whaleshark Instructor
Wreck Instructor

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