Learn the inner workings of underwater ecosystems
Create an awareness. The submarine world is different from the
terrestrial world. Those who venture underwater are in a unique position
to observe and interact with organisms entirely different than those on
land. In a sense, those who enter the underwater world are a privileged
group; they have first-hand personal experiences with aquatic life.
Evoke a sense of responsibility. With any privilege comes
responsibility. It is the responsibility of recreational divers to
accept and foster a sense of respect for aquatic organisms.
Expand the publicís knowledge of the aquatic environment. As
the saying goes, knowledge is the key to understanding. This course
provides participants with basic introductory information about aquatic
organisms. The course is designed to present such information in an
entertaining and engaging way. It is not an academic treatment of
aquatic biology. Rather, it is intended to encourage the participant to
find out more about the aquatic realm either independently or through
other educational programs. Particular attention is given to dispelling
myths about potentially dangerous aquatic life by providing accurate,
factual information about animals such as sharks, eels, jellyfish and
The course is made up of two open
water dives and a classroom session.
- Introduction to the aquatic realm. Introduces participants to the
aquatic realm. A comparison of the land and aquatic environments
acts as a vehicle for illustrating how different the two
- Aquatic life mythology and human perceptions of aquatic life. This
module addresses potentially dangerous aquatic life by dispelling
myths through accurate, factual information about animals such as
sharks, barracuda, sting rays and others. The module also addresses
the way we perceive aquatic life in general, particularly those
regarded as harmful to people.
- Survey of aquatic life and relationships between aquatic animals.
A brief but comprehensive overview of all the major types of
organisms which live in aquatic environments. Included in this topic
is a brief overview of predator/prey and symbiotic relationships
between aquatic animals.
- Responsible human interactions with aquatic life. An overview of
the numerous ways divers can interact with aquatic life. This module
interprets the pros and cons of each interactive activity and can
act as a springboard for launching non-divers into an entry-level
certification program. Additionally, it acts as the cognitive bridge
for the open-water portion of the course on the Specialty Diver
These are just a few of the "academic" topics that
you'll learn during the underwater naturalist course.
Prerequisites are Open Water
Diver AND some cold water diving experience. In addition you will
find that your ability to control your buoyancy will significantly enhance
your underwater naturalist study. If your not sure about yours, you might consider taking
the Peak Performance Buoyancy Clinic prior to this class.
Course Cost is $125 and
includes all materials, the class time, and the open water dives. By this point in a divers training it is important that
a student begins to obtain their own equipment (rentals are available but having your
own gear is preferred). A dive light and a slate are essential for
a student to have while studying aquatic life habits, but are not included in the course