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Diving with the grey seal colony at the Farne Islands on the Northumberland coast represents one of the most thrilling and fulfilling experiences for a UK diver. The allure of these interactions draws enthusiasts from across the nation, seeking the unique opportunity to engage with these fascinating marine mammals in their natural habitat. At Aquanorth, this extraordinary adventure is right at our doorstep, made accessible through our bespoke Grey Seal Awareness Specialty course.


Course Overview

This course is specifically tailored to enrich your diving experiences with knowledge and respect for the grey seal colonies of the Farne Islands. Under the guidance of two of our PADI professionals, both with Masters Degrees in Marine Biology, you'll gain insights into the biology, behaviour, and conservation of grey seals. Their expertise ensures a comprehensive understanding of how to safely and enjoyably interact with these creatures.


Course Objectives and Structure

Knowledge Development

Embark on an educational journey that covers the essentials of grey seal awareness, including their ecological importance, behaviour patterns, and the challenges they face. You'll learn about the critical aspects of interacting with grey seals in a manner that prioritizes their well-being and safety, as well as your own.


Practical Application

The highlight of the course is the opportunity to dive at the Farne Islands, renowned for their vibrant grey seal colonies. Under expert supervision, you will practice responsible interaction techniques, observing and appreciating the seals in their natural environment. This hands-on experience is designed to maximize your enjoyment while ensuring minimal disturbance to the seals.



Upon completion, participants will be awarded the Grey Seal Awareness Specialty certification. This recognition underscores your commitment to responsible marine wildlife interaction and your enhanced understanding of grey seal conservation.


Why Choose Aquanorth for Your Grey Seal Awareness Course?

Aquanorth is uniquely positioned to offer an unparalleled grey seal diving experience, thanks to our proximity to the Farne Islands and the expertise of our PADI-certified professionals with advanced degrees in Marine Biology. Our course is not just about diving; it's an immersive educational experience that combines the thrill of underwater exploration with the joy of learning about marine life. By choosing Aquanorth, you're opting for an experience that is as informative as it is exhilarating.


Join us for a dive into the world of grey seals at the Farne Islands and discover why this experience is cherished by divers nationwide. Contact us today to enrol in our Grey Seal Awareness Specialty course and embark on an unforgettable adventure that marries the excitement of diving with the beauty of marine conservation.

Grey Seal Awareness

  • What's Included

    • All knowledge development materials including eLearning or a manual
    • A classroom session to prepare you for your open water dives
    • Two open water dives, completed over one day
  • Course Requirements

    • Be at least 12 years of age
    • Be at least a qualified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
    • Be in good physical health
    • Completed medical form (Click here)
    • Agree to our terms and conditions (Click here)
  • What's Next?

    If you’re interested in becoming a Grey Seal Diver, you might also be interested in our Project AWARE Speciality (here), Wreck Speciality (here) or Boat Diver Speciality (here).

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