Underwater Naturalist

This course is an introduction to aquatic life including an overview of responsible human interactions with aquatic life. The minimum number of recommended hours is 12, with time being equally divided between knowledge development and actual water-training sessions.


This course include the following:

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

To qualify for the Underwater Navigator course, an individual must:

  1. Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Junior Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
  2. Be 10 years of age or older.
  3. Submit, to the instructor, medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the form cannot be the individual.
  4. Sign the Certified Diver Experience Programs Liability Release.
  5. Assumption of Risk form.