Do you know the relationships between aquatic plants and animal life? Have a look for symbioses, prey and predator behaviour? Take a closer look during your next scuba diving adventure, it just might surprise you as to what action goes on down there. Get to know your underwater plants, vertebrates and invertebrates in fresh, temperate or tropical waters. This knowledge will enhance your diving experiences in ways you might not expect. Gain a better understanding and identify the beautiful marine life around you. Learn and understand what a healthy reef looks like and take in the structures that form a reef. Understanding how marine species interact and how this affects each other and the environment is fascination.
Who should take this course?
Scuba divers who are interested in underwater ecology, aquatic plant and animal habitats. Learn more about local ecosystems, take notice of behavioural habits and sea creatures that you are unfamiliar with.
What will you learn?
During this course, we will discuss and learn;
How to be a responsible diver interacting with aquatic life
The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths
Differences between the aquatic and the terrestrial worlds
The role of organisms, aquatic plants, food chains and predator-prey relationships
What scuba gear you will use?
Basic scuba diving equipment
Slate & pencil to record your observations
A dive light is useful, as well as a camera
What learning material do you require?
PADI Underwater Naturalist manual
Fish Identification slates (can be purchased at DiveSMART)
Books are available for identification reference at the dive centre
Participants must be 10 years of age or older
Minimum PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent from another training agency
Participants under the age of 18 years must have parent or guardian consent