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UNDERWATER NATURALIST SPECIALTY
As of January 1, 2017, DIVING FOR FUN will NO LONGER be offering training services. However, we wanted to continue to provide a list of the classes we offered along with course outlines as a reference for all our past customers.

Underwater Naturalist - Dive BuddysCourse Overview: If you are interested in aquatic life then the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course is for you. This course is an introduction to the underwater aquatic environment and will help develop safe and responsible aquatic life interaction techniques.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 10 years old and certified as a Junior Open Water Diver or an Open Water Diver.


Underwater Naturalist - Water VeggietationCourse Activities: You will learn about planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of diving in different aquatic environments, a 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 and diving techniques used to help preserve bottom welling aquatic life and minimize aquatic life disturbance. You'll put this information into practice during your two open water dives under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Classroom: There is one classroom session. The classroom session will cover the Underwater Naturalist chapter in the Adventures in Diving Manual, review your knowledge review answers and prepare you for both of the open water dives.
  • Independent Study: Read the chapter Underwater Naturalist in the Adventures in Diving Manual and complete the knowledge review located at the end of the chapter. You will need to turn in the knowledge review prior to certification or provide a copy of an Adventure Log signed by an appropriate instructor if you have already done dive one in connection with your Adventure Diver or Advanced Open Water Diver Certification.
  • Open Water Dives: The 2 open water dives are done at an area lake/scuba park or on a dive trip.
Underwater Naturalist - Sea WeedForms Required: Students training will need to complete the three (3) forms: Liability Release, Statement of Understanding, and Medical Statement prior to entering the water.

Materials/Equipment Required: Adventures in Diving Manual. Recommended: Adventures in Diving DVD.

Length of Course: If you have read the Underwater Naturalist chapter in the Adventures in Diving Manual, completed the knowledge review prior to coming to class then the classroom will last less than 1 hour depending upon class size.

Underwater Naturalist - Giant Sea AnemoneRelated Specialties: Project AWARE, Boat Diver, Coral Reef Conservation, Deep Diver, Drift Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Enriched Air (Nitrox), Equipment Specialist, Fish ID, Multi-Level Diver, Night Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, UW Naturalist, UW Navigation, UW Digital Photo, UW Photo, UW Search & Recovery, Wreck Diver.

 OPEN WATER DIVES

Dive 1:
  • Passively observe aquatic life.
  • Apply diving techniques used to preserve bottom dwelling organisms and minimize disturbance of all aquatic life.
  • Locate and identify by common or scientific name, at least two local aquatic plants (one for fresh water).
  • Locate, observe and identify, by common or scientific name, at least four local aquatic invertebrate animals (one for freshwater).
  • Locate, observe and identify, by common or scientific name, at least five local aquatic vertebrate animals (two for freshwater).
Dive 2:
  • Passively observe aquatic life.
  • Apply diving techniques used to preserve bottom dwelling organisms and minimize disturbance of all aquatic life.
  • Identify and observe as many examples of symbiotic and predator/prey relationships as possible.
  • Locate as many indications of impact by man on the local aquatic environment as possible and evaluate the possible cause.

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