Underwater Naturalist

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.

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Naturalist Specialty Course Details

  • Cost: $195, plus the PADI Naturalist Specialty manual $36 (student discount applied)

  • Prerequisites:  Open Water Certification.  Minimum age – 12 yrs old.  Ages 10-11 with instructor approval.

  • Specialty Class UpgradesIf you’re an Advanced Open Water Diver and you did a Naturualist Dive as one of your training dives, you can complete the Naturalist Diver Specialty by completing the academics and one more training dive.  The same applies for the Boat Diver.  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.

  • We Provide: Instruction, 2 boat dives, tanks, weights, light lunch and drinks on boat.

  • Students Provide: PADI manual, log book, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask/snorkel/fins, and underwater timing device (dive computer recommended).  Rental gear available.

  • Discounts: 10% off most regular priced merchandise. $5 off of dives.

Naturalist Specialty Course Schedule

  • Duration: One day – Two dives.

  • Preparation:  Read manual and fill out Knowledge Review(s)

  • Day 1 (8:00am – 4:00pm): Come with completed Knowledge Reviews from manual.  Boat: Two dives.  Post dive: log dives with instructor.  Certifications issued upon successful completion of dives.

Things to Know:

  • Flying or Driving to Altitude After Diving:  If you complete the open water experience, it is recommended you wait at least 12 hours before flying or driving to altitude.  If you make more than one open water dive on the same day; or, dive over two or more days, wait 18 hours.

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Master Scuba Diver Rating

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest rating in non-professional recreational diving.  To achieve this rating you 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 that is displayed in our shop to honor this achievement.