Do you like fish? Do you like diving?
Join us on the SSI Underwater Naturalist experience today!
The PADI Underwater Naturalist experience is ideal for anyone who enjoying looking at marine life while diving! I guess that it means it's perfect for every diver. Learning how to appreciate how the inhabitants of the marine ecosystem interact with and affect each other's lives.
During the experience, your Instructor will teach you about the inhabitants of your local dive sites. You'll learn how to identify the life that you see as well as how to interact responsibly with the life you encounter. You'll also learn about the crucial role that plants occupy in the marine environment.
Included in the experience is the Underwater Naturalist Manual and the certification fee!
Some SSI Specialty experiences are scheduled on demand, so just get in touch to enquire about the dates for your course!
The Underwater Naturalist experience consists of two main sections:
Theory: - all theory is online
There is a bit of reading that will need to be completed prior to starting so please make sure you come in to collect your manual.
Diving: - The Underwater Naturalist experience consists of two open water dives. The dive site itself is chosen based on conditions on the day, however your instructor will discuss options for this including trips to Taupo, Poor Knights and Bay of Islands.
Why learn with Performance Diver?
This is a very important question! There are many dive schools out there, so why would you choose ours?
We have nice small class sizes to prioritise your learning, with a maximum of 4 students on SSI Deep Diver courses! This means that you get more personalised instructor time.
We're always going diving! Once you're qualified, we have heaps of shore dives, day trips, weekend adventures and more at every level of qualification! Every weekend throughout the season there are trips planned, so you're never short of options. Our social nights are a great way to make new dive buddies and new friends.
As a Performance Diver student you get exclusive offers and pricing on a huge range of dive gear. If you're not ready to commit to buying your own then no worries - we have heaps of rental gear at a great rate for you. We want you to go diving, so we'll make it as accessible as we can!
Our Instructors are awesome - Here at Performance Diver we only teach SSI courses, and all of our SSI Instructors are here for one reason - they love diving! Sharing the underwater world with you is such an amazing experience and we're privileged to be able to do just that.
Already be at least a certified SSI (Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent.
Complete the Dive Medical form. Click here to print the Medical Form for diving. If you answer YES to any of the medical questions you must complete a Dive Medical check with your Doctor and obtain written medical clearance before the start of the course as we can't allow you in the water without it.
Students must be at least 15 years of age. Parental consent is required for students aged 15 - 17 years of age.
As well as basic dive equipment (which can be rented) you are required to have a safety sausage, compass and knife.
You will have homework to compete before the experience starts. The experience is heaps of fun, but is also intense - we have a lot to learn in our sessions, and they run to a very strict timetable. Failure to complete your homework means that you are behind right from the start, and are holding your group back. This is, understandably, not fair on everyone else and is likely to result in you being removed from the experience.
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