Underwater Naturalist

Dive Kona, Hawaii

The Kona coast of Hawaii is home to healthy coral reefs, interesting marine invertebrates, and multiple species of reef fish.  Learn about what makes the Saddle Wrasse, Hawaiian Cleaner Fish, and Milletseed Butterflyfish so special.  Differentiate between endemic, indigenous, and introduced species.  Find out more about the reef ecosystem and demonstrate proper diving techniques that preserve the reef.  Most divers agree that marine life identification and understanding animal behavior makes diving far more interesting.  Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist course at Jack’s Diving Locker and experience the natural beauty of Hawaii’s underwater world.

COST: $195 plus tax and materials.  PADI Underwater Naturalist manual $36.

PREREQUISITES: Jr. Open Water Diver Certification or higher.  Minimum age – 12 years old.  Ages 10-11 with instructor approval.

REGISTRATION: Please call the shop directly to make your reservation at 800-345-4807 or locally at 808-329-7585.  Please fill out the Continuing Education Administrative Document.  Please review the Medical Statement.  If there is a YES to any 
question, you must get a doctor’s approval before starting the course.  Please call the shop for assistance.  24 hour cancellation policy. Changes or cancellations must be made 24 hours or more in advance or full charge will occur.  48 hour cancellation policy during holiday season.

WE PROVIDE: Tanks, weights, and light lunch on boat.

STUDENTS PROVIDE: PADI Underwater Naturalist manual and log book.  Optional Hawaii’s Fishes & Hawaii’s Sea Creatures by John Hoover.  BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask/snorkel/fins, and underwater timing device (dive computer recommended). Rental gear available.

DURATION: One day – Two Dives.

PREPARATION: Read the PADI Underwater Naturalist manual and fill out Knowledge Reviews.

COURSE SCHEDULE: Meet at shop at 8 a.m.  Discuss answers to Knowledge Reviews and plan dives with the instructor.  Boat: Two dives, two locations.  Identify marine plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates.  Demonstrate proper diving technique while diving over coral reef.  Post dive: Log dives with instructor.  Certifications issued upon successful completion of course.

DISCOUNTS: 10% off most regular priced merchandise and $5 off of dives.

SPECIALTY UPGRADES: If you’re an Advanced Open Water Diver and you did an Naturalist Dive as one of your training dives, you can complete the Underwater Naturalist Diver Specialty by completing the academics and one more training dive.  The same applies for the Boat Diver Specialty.  Price $195 plus tax, materials, and rental gear.  Many students complete these two courses on a two-tank day trip by combining the second Boat Dive and the second UW Naturalist Dive.  The price for the combination is also $195 plus the $41 fee to process the second certification.

 This Specialty Diver course will count toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver – the highest rating in non-professional recreational diving. To achieve this rating, the diver must complete the following certifications: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and 5 PADI Specialty courses. In addition, divers must have at least 50 logged dives. When completing these requirements at Jack’s Diving Locker, recipients will have their names engraved on a plaque to honor this achievement.

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