Naturalist Diver

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.

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
naturalist Diver


2017 Courses

Sept 13 Sept 24 Schedule Register
Nov 08 Nov 19 Schedule Register

2018 Courses

Jan 24 Feb 04 Schedule Register
Apr 04 Apr 15 Schedule Register
May 23 Jun 03 Schedule Register
Aug 08 Aug 19 Schedule Register
Nov 14 Nov 25 Schedule Register

Need a different schedule. Just ask - we will do our best to accommodate! We will offer this course with a minimum of two students.


Course Curriculum

Before the Program Begins

When you sign up for the course, we'll make arrangements for you to come into the store to pick up your student package which includes your learning material. At that time, we will also review the Required Forms and get you fitted for gear. We encourage you to pick up your student package at least 14 days before your course begins as you will want to complete the learning material prior to your first classroom session.

Class Session

We host the classroom session(s) at the store, prior to your ocean dives. You must have completed your knowledge reviews along with any other required course forms prior to your first classroom session. This is also a good opportunity to purchase any required gear for the course that you may not already own. Finally, if you haven't been fitted for gear or made your rental booking for your dives, we can take care of this during the classroom session. Classroom sessions typically run from 7pm to 9pm, however, you should check the specific course schedule for your program.

Rental Gear Pick Up

While most rental gear is included in our programs, you will still need to make a gear booking to ensure that you get the specific gear and sizes you require for your course. The earlier you make this booking, the easier it is to accommodate your needs. In addition, you will need to pick up your gear, the day prior to your ocean dives. We do not transport gear to the site. We are open on Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

Ocean Dives

Finally, you are ready to head to the ocean! You will complete your dives at one of our local training sites. Meet time is typically 8am at the dive site, however, you should confirm this with your instructor at the classroom session.

At the site, you will be assembling and disassembling your own equipment before, after and between dives. Each dive is briefed and debriefed and logged and lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. The day is usually wrapping up by late afternoon and we return to the shop each day to complete our log books and change tanks or put away gear.


What gear will you need?

We Provide:
  • PADI Manual
  • Use of basic scuba gear including dry suit and hood, BCD, regulator set, tanks and weights. If you don't already have your drysuit specialty, you will need to take the Drysuit Specialty or provide your own wetsuit (must be suitable for conditions).
You Provide:
Personal Gear Safety Gear Specialty Kit
  • mask
  • snorkel
  • fins
  • gloves
  • knife
  • dive computer
  • whistle
  • compass
  • surface marker
  • marine id books
    • Specialty Kit - no specialty gear required for this course, however there are a variety of marine identification books which will enhance your experience.

    Course Prerequisites

    You need to have completed your Open Water and Drysuit certifications (or have your own wetsuit suitable for conditions) to enroll in this program.

    PADI courses are progressive and build on your previous dive experience. For all of our PADI courses, we require that you have recent cold water diving experience to enroll. To determine if you need additonal experience, select the option below which best describes your dive history:

    I have been cold water diving in the last six months.

    Great. You are ready to join us on this course.

    I have been cold water diving but it was between six and twelve months ago.

    No problem! Come out for a Local Fun Dive to brush up on your cold water technique.

    I have been diving in the last year - but it wasn't cold water.

    We can help. Join us for a Discover Local Dive experience to learn about the differences between diving in the warm water and local conditions.

    It's been more than a year since I have been in the water.

    We understand! Come out and get Reactivated!

    I'd like to speak to someone about the best way to get ready for this course.

    That's why we are here. Just call and we will help you choose the right first steps.


    The Fun Part

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

    Your Next Adventure

    If you are interested in becoming an underwater conservationist or documenting what you encounter, you'll also enjoy these specialty courses:

    Course Fee: $250