PADI Underwater Naturalist

The PADI Underwater Naturalist Course with Academy of Scuba

Look closer to see more on your next dive. Understand your underwater environment on a more complex level, so you can enjoy your dives even more. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.


Why Choose AOS?

We are lucky to have qualified marine biologists on our instructional staff. Melbourne’s temperate waters are have a wonderful ecosystem that not many people know about. Being part of the temperate southern reef system, 30% of species found here are endemic to Victorian waters. Learn about this, why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem as well as so much more on this course. You will never look at the critters and reefs the same way again.

What You Learn

The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths.

The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships.

Responsible interactions with aquatic life.

The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment.

You put this information into practice during your two open water dives.


To enroll in the PADI Underwater Naturalist course you must be:

12 years old and Open Water certified (or Junior OW)

Signed Liability Release and Statement of Safe Diving Practices

Medical Declaration form and Recreational Dive Medical if necessary

For a list of diving doctors please go to

Course Price and Duration


The PADI Underwater Naturalist Course runs over 1 days with 2 shore dives.

Private Courses are available. Please enquire for further details and pricing.

Course Contents

Home Study

Theory – morning theory review session

Open Water Dives – 2 shore dives

Equipment Required

Being comfortable and safe when you’re diving is vital. For your Underwater Naturalist course, we ask that you have your own mask, snorkel, boots and fins at a minimum. Additionally, for this course you’ll need a slate with a pencil to record information.

We highly recommend owning your own scuba equipment as well. Academy of Scuba offers equipment packages that save you money and set you up for the rest of your diving life – check them out online!

Equipment hire is available at the standard rates and is additional to course price.

Our Team

Academy of Scuba is lucky to have some of the best dive professionals in the business.

Interested in who will be teaching you to scuba dive? Check out our team here!


We highly recommend that you have access to a car for the duration of your course as Academy of Scuba does not offer transportation services currently.


It’s normal to have questions.

Head over to our FAQs page and see if we’ve already answered yours, or get in touch with us today!

Upcoming Dives

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