PADI UNDERWATER NATURALIST SPECIALTY KOH TAO

Ever wondered, how all these marine lifeforms live together in an ecosystem that’s so different?

BECOME A NATURALIST DIVER AND SEE NEW THINGS!

Even on a familiar dive site you’ll see and notice different creatures as you learn about the marine habitat

PADI UNDERWATER NATURALIST SPECIALTY CRYSTAL DIVE

In just 1 day you take two dives and learn about the difference between terrestrial and marine ecosystems

PADI UNDERWATER NATURALIST DIVER SPECIALTY COURSE

See things in a different light, learn about symbiosis and the different challenges for marine life.

You may have done quite a few dives on a familiar dive site and still missed many things. Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course and you will suddenly see different creatures as you notice how marine life live together in their marine habitat. 

In this PADI Specialty course you learn about the main differences between terrestrial and marine ecosystems. You will look into the behaviour of marine life and how symbiosis keeps the ecosystem at balance. Specific to Koh Tao you will get an introduction to the threats and conservation efforts taken by the local community.

You will be introduced to responsible behaviour so we do not interrupt the balance and help preserve this ecosystem we all love to explore. 

Gain valuable knowledge and see the underwater world different by taking the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty.

Your Instructor will teach you in small groups of max. 4 students per Instructor. Any questions you may have about the marine habitat of Koh Tao will be answered in this Specialty course.

Your PADI underwater naturalist Specialty

see things different as you look into how the marine ecosystem works 

This course can be taken in 1 day. We will adjust the program for you and move elements of your personal course to accommodate for your travel plans. You can take this course over two days, but in general, these are the parts of your training course:

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Part 1: Theory

After an introduction between you and your Instructor you will complete the necessary PADI paperwork before moving on to theory.

The Knowledge Development part of your PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course starts by self-study with your personal copy of the PADI manual. You will answer questions for 2 Knowledge Reviews.

These will introduce you to the main physical differences between terrestrial and marine ecosystems, the (sometimes wrong) perception of humans as well as responsible behaviour to use when in a marine environment. You will read about the interaction and relationships of marine life and their symbiotic relationships.

Together with your instructor you will then go over those Knowledge Reviews and relate these to the specifics of the marine ecosystem here on Koh Tao.

You will also look at the marine life identification slate you are going to use on your Open Water dives and how to use a blank slate to depict and note your findings.

There is no exam for the PADI Underwater Naturalist Diver Specialty Course.

Part 2: Naturalist Open Water Dives

For your PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course we will get on one of our 3 custom built dive boats and go out for two dives (unless you chose the 1-dive-option).

On these dives you will focus on identifying various marine life and their interaction with each other and the habitat. You will look at fish, coral, crustaceans and other invertebrates and marine plants.

Your Instructor will point out marine life to you and you will be tasked to use your identification or blank slates to give a positive identification or depict the species.

Together you will look into symbiotic relationships of mutual benefit or parasitic kind, like they exist between anemonefish and their host, or gobies and shrimps, for example. You will also see examples of local threats to the balance of this fragile marine ecosystem and conservation activities taken by the local community.

After your dives, we will add the identifications from your dives in your dive log book and you will be a certified PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty diver!

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YOUR Padi underwater naturalist course

To give you an idea of what your padi specialty course will look like, here’s an example schedule:

FULL DAY

PADI UNDERWATER NATURALIST SPECIALTY

Day 1 - Full Day

Introduction & Paperwork
Theory (Knowledge Reviews)
Intro to Identification techniques

– Lunch –

2 Open Water Specialty Dives

The PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course links into other courses. If you have done the Adventure Dive already, you only need 1 more dive in this course.

In this case you can add a Buoyancy or Fish-ID Adventure Dive to it or simply add a Fun Dive with AWARE Coral Watch.

If your travel plans require a different schedule we can accommodate for that.

If you require more information about alternative options just contact us.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: padi underwater naturalist specialty course

these are the requirements for the padi underwater naturalist specialty course:

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Minimum Age

The minimum age to enroll in the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course is 10 years.

Minimum Certification Level

To become a PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Diver you will have to hold a certification as a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or equivalent from another certification agency).

Medical Statement
You need to be medically fit for diving. You will find the Medical Statement for Scuba Diving here to download. If in doubt, please check with your physician or ask us before booking your dive experience with us.
Insurance

To comply with our dive insurance requirements, you will need to have proof (logbook etc.) of a dive within the last 6 months otherwise you will need to take part in our Crystal Dive Scuba Review before taking part in the course to receive our insurance cover.

padi underwater naturalist specialty course – What’s included?

Our padi underwater naturalist specialty package includes:

  • PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course (max. 4 students per Instructor)
  • Personal set of scuba equipment throughout your stay
  • FREE use of Dive Computer
  • Personal PADI Underwater Naturalist Manual & PADI Certification
  • Crystal Dive Logbook & T-Shirt
  • Multilingual personal Instructor
  • Boat trips & refreshments for your dives
  • Dive Insurance for your dives with us (30 days)
  • SHA+ Recognition (Read more about the valid Covid-Rules)
  • FREE Accommodation throughout your course (1 night)
  • 10 % Discount on additional diver level courses & dive equipment purchases with us

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The PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course at Crystal Dive will teach you how the balance in the fragile marine environment is kept.

In the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course you will learn about the interaction of living organisms in our marine environment, foodchains and relationships between them.

This Specialty Course will broaden your horizon how an ecosystem works within a world of environmental challenges.

฿3,500฿5,000

2-Dive-Option: This is your choice if you haven't already done a PADI Underwater Naturalist Adventure dive as part of your PADI Advanced Open Water. With this option you get a full introduction into symbiosis, predator/prey relationships and the ecological background.

1-Dive-Option: This option is available for you if you already completed a PADI Underwater Naturalist Adventure dive as part of your PADI Advanced Open Water Course. This will allow you to fit in another specialty dive the same day or just enjoy a fun dive to use the learned skills.

PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty

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2-Dive-Option: This is your choice if you haven't already done a PADI Underwater Naturalist Adventure dive as part of your PADI Advanced Open Water. With this option you get a full introduction into symbiosis, predator/prey relationships and the ecological background.

1-Dive-Option: This option is available for you if you already completed a PADI Underwater Naturalist Adventure dive as part of your PADI Advanced Open Water Course. This will allow you to fit in another specialty dive the same day or just enjoy a fun dive to use the learned skills.