A diver removing litter from the ocean during marine biology dive training
Marine biology dive training

Dive into the world of marine biology.

Train to be a citizen scientist.

Protect the ocean with hands-on conservation.

Are you fascinated by marine biology and the ecosystems of the ocean? 

  • Have you ever dreamed of a career in marine biology, exploring underwater habitats and studying marine species?
  • Are you eager to become a citizen scientist, actively participating in hands-on ocean conservation efforts?
  • Do you want to learn marine species identification, underwater survey techniques, and contribute to real scientific research?
  • Are you committed to marine conservation, looking for a way to protect the ocean, and make a tangible difference as an eco-diver?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, our Marine Biology Dive Training course will be right up your street! It's your gateway to a world of marine exploration, education, and conservation.

Join us at The Fifth Point, the UK's only PADI Eco Centre, to become an amazing marine biology diver.

Marine Biology Dive Training: Foundations

Duration: 2-week intensive training

Your journey into marine conservation begins here...

As a budding marine biologist, we know you'll be eager to make a real impact in ocean conservation. Our Marine Biology Dive Training: Foundations course is designed specifically for you. You'll gain hands-on experience, essential skills, and knowledge that will set you up to enter a career in marine biology. This intensive training combines sessions in our dive centre training tank, course dives, survey dives, lectures, and online learning.

  • Gain PADI Scuba Diving Certifications: Become qualified as a PADI Open Water and PADI Advanced Open Water diver. You'll also complete additional PADI Specialty certifications in Drysuit, AWARE eco-diver, and Dive Against Debris.
  • Learn conservation practices for divers: Follow responsible diving guidelines, fine-tune your buoyancy control, dive with eco-friendly equipment and interact with marine life responsibly.
  • Conduct Dive Against Debris Surveys: Participate in hands-on conservation, removing litter from the ocean and contributing valuable data.
  • Dive in Marine Reserves in Northumberland and the Borders: Explore amazing dive sites teeming with life and understand the rules that protect them.
  • Develop marine species ID and survey techniques: Master the art of identifying key marine species and conducting underwater surveys.
  • Apply Human Factors in Diving: Based on the incredible research of The Human Diver, you'll practice psychological safety, teamwork, and communication skills that are essential for marine biologists during research projects and surveys.

Investment: £4,495.00

Dive into Northumberland's rich marine ecosystem with Marine Biology Dive Training

Training in the UK, especially in Northumberland, offers an unparalleled diving experience. Forget tropical destinations - Northumberland's marine life is rich, diverse, and waiting to be explored.

Why Train in the UK with The Fifth Point?

  • Master challenging conditions: Learning to dive in the UK prepares you to dive anywhere in the world. UK conditions build skills and confidence for aspiring marine biologists.
  • Encounter diverse marine life: Get up close and personal with lobsters, nudibranchs, octopus, beautiful coral, and some cheeky grey seals. Northumberland's marine life is a hidden treasure.
  • Explore conservation areas: Dive in Northumberland's designated conservation sites like St Abbs Voluntary Marine Reserve and St Mary's Island Nature Reserve.
  • Join our conservation community: Be part of a team of divers who actively participate in marine conservation and citizen science.




"WOW! I’m buzzing! I even removed a plastic bottle on my first dive . It was epic! It's unlike anything I’ve ever experienced."

- Paul

What's involved in the Marine Biology Dive Training: Foundations program?

  • Online Study Prior to Attending the Course: Work through comprehensive PADI eLearning modules and get introduced to vital marine conservation topics. This self-paced online study lays the foundation for your hands-on training and prepares you for the exciting world of marine biology.
  • Confined Water Sessions: Learn the basics of scuba diving in our on site training tank. Build your confidence and fine-tune your buoyancy control—a critical skill for marine biologists working in underwater research and exploration.
  • Open Water Dives: Explore Northumberland's breathtaking shore and boat diving sites. Experience the diverse marine life and unique underwater landscapes that make this region a hidden gem for eco-divers.
  • Survey Dives: Engage in hands-on conservation by removing rubbish from the ocean and reporting your findings to the PADI AWARE Foundation. These surveying techniques are essential for marine biologists focused on environmental protection and restoration.
  • Marine ID Dives: Practice identifying fish, invertebrates, and plants during specialized marine ID dives. Understanding marine species identification is a core skill for marine biologists conducting research and analysis.
  • Classroom Sessions: Deepen your knowledge of Northumberland's marine life and learn how to work effectively as a team in our interactive classroom sessions. Collaboration and teamwork are vital for successful marine biology projects and expeditions.

Our Marine Biology Dive Training is a comprehensive training program, tailored to the unique needs of aspiring marine biologists like you. You'll gain the practical experience and expertise needed to launch your career in marine biology.

Meet your instructor team

You'll be learning from some of the UK's most talented Dive Pros. Each member of our team brings unique skills and experiences to the table, and together, they form a powerhouse of knowledge and expertise.



Nic is a PADI Course Director and passionate about ocean protection. She's well known for flying the flag for eco-concious diving.


Jim is a PADI Master Instructor with a degree in Zoology. He can help you develop your diving and marine ID skills preparing you for amazing dives.


Founder of Fit To Dive, Laura is a Clinical Psychologist and PADI Master Instructor. She offers amazing insights into Human Factors in Diving.


Matt took his PADI Divemaster course in the UK with The Fifth Point


Talented PADI Instructor Matt has a growing following on social media showcasing the amazing dives he's done in Northumberland and beyond.



The Marine Biology Dive Training course at The Fifth Point is more than just a diving course; it's a gateway to a career in marine biology.

  • Practical Experience: Gain hands-on experience in marine conservation, species identification, surveying techniques, and more. You'll be working in real-world conditions, applying what you've learned in a meaningful context.
  • Skill Development: Learn essential skills that are highly valued in the field of marine biology, such as buoyancy control, underwater observation, and data collection.
  • Building a Portfolio: The work you do during the course can be a valuable addition to your professional portfolio, showcasing your commitment, skills, and understanding of marine conservation.
  • A Strong Foundation: Whether you're pursuing further studies in marine biology or looking to start your career, this course provides a robust foundation that sets you apart in the competitive field of marine science.

At The Fifth Point, we offer more than just a diving course; we provide a pathway to a fulfilling career in marine biology and conservation.

Expert Guidance: Our team consists of experienced and passionate instructors who are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of marine biologists. We ensure personalised attention, allowing you to progress at your pace and build confidence in your abilities.

Unique Focus on Conservation: As the UK's only PADI Eco Centre, we emphasise hands-on conservation and citizen science. You'll not only learn to dive but also actively participate in protecting the ocean and contributing valuable data.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our training includes sessions in our specialised training tank, where you'll master essential scuba skills in a controlled environment. Plus, you'll explore Northumberland's rich marine ecosystem through shore and boat diving experiences.

Community Engagement: Join a team of like-minded individuals committed to marine conservation. Collaborate, learn, and grow with fellow aspiring marine biologists and conservationists.

Our Credentials: We are a PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre, training divers from beginners to instructor level. Our co-founders, Nic and Jim, have over a decade of experience in teaching and have built a team that ensures you feel welcome and part of the family.

Our Commitment to the Ocean: We are dedicated to developing an army of eco-warriors to protect the world's life support system. With The Fifth Point, you're not just learning to dive; you're embarking on a journey to make a real impact on marine conservation.

We understand that the cost of the Marine Biology Dive Training: Foundations course is a significant investment, and we want to assure you that it's a worthwhile investment in your future career.

  • Comprehensive Training: This is a two-week intensive training program that covers a wide range of modules, including confined water sessions, open water dives, survey dives, marine ID dives, and classroom sessions. You're not just learning to dive; you're gaining specialised skills in marine biology.
  • Expert Instruction: Our instructors are experienced conservationists who are passionate about sharing their knowledge.
  • Quality Equipment: We provide top-of-the-range, modern diving gear that ensures a safe and comfortable learning experience.
  • Real Impact: This course is designed to equip you with skills that translate into immediate, meaningful action in marine conservation.
  • Ongoing Support and Opportunities: Your relationship with The Fifth Point continues even after the course. From further training opportunities to community involvement in conservation efforts, we're here to support your growth and passion.

Completing the Marine Biology Dive Training course is just the beginning of your journey with The Fifth Point. Once qualified, you can further your skills and knowledge with:

  • Advanced Training Opportunities: Graduates can explore further training, including our Marine Biology Dive Training: Leadership & Research course, which takes your skills and understanding to the next level.
  • Community Involvement: As part of our team of eco-divers, you'll have ongoing opportunities to actively participate in conservation efforts, from Dive Against Debris Surveys to marine species protection initiatives.
  • Making a Real Impact: Your involvement doesn't end with the course. You'll have the chance to make a tangible difference in marine conservation, applying your skills and passion to projects that matter.

Training sessions are conducted in small groups to ensure you get all the attention you need. There are only 4 spots on the Marine Biology Dive Training: Foundations Course.

In the training tank, there'll be a maximum of 2 people with their instructor. When diving in the sea, you'll be in a maximum team of 4 divers with 2 instructors.

The course requires a minimum of 2 candidates to run. You can secure your place with a deposit of £500 which will be refunded in full if a second person doesn't sign up.

No, you don't need any prior diving experience to enroll in Marine Biology Dive Training: Foundations.

This course is tailored for complete beginners and aspiring marine biologists. The comprehensive training includes confined water sessions where you'll learn the basics of scuba diving and build confidence. The focus on buoyancy control, marine species identification, and surveying techniques equips you with essential skills for a career in marine biology. It's a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of marine conservation and science, even if you've never dived before.

You don't need any specific qualifications to enroll in this course. However, you must be at least 18 years old, able to swim and complete a medical questionnaire.

You'll have access to top-of-the-range, modern diving gear, identical to what our Instructor team uses.

The rental of all your dive equipment is included in your training, so there's no need to invest in costly gear right away. However, owning personal items like a mask, snorkel, fins, or even a dive computer can enhance your diving experience.

When you're ready to invest in your own gear, we're here to guide you. The team will help you choose the best equipment to suit your needs, and our divers enjoy exclusive discounts from our partners at The Honest Diver Supply Co.

We've taken care of the diving side of your training, that just leaves the following:

  • Transfers to dive sites
  • Accommodation - if you need somewhere to stay, please let us know and we can recommend some places nearby
  • Entry to inland sites
  • Meals