Who should take this course?
“What fish did we see?” It’s a question you often hear after a dive. If you want to be the diver with the answers, rather than the one asking the questions, then you should enroll in AWARE – specialty fish identification course. You will enjoy your dives more when you can recognize the creatures you see and you can identify the main families they belong to and their characteristics.
If you are 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can sign up for the AWARE – Fish Identification Course.
What are you going to learn?
Once you learn to recognize what types of fish you see, you’ll find it easier to refer to the exact species after each dive.
For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a shape similar to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but the colors and markings can be very different. If you know which family of fish it belongs to, you can more easily search for the local name or at least ask your local diving instructor clearly what you saw.
During two diving dives, you will learn:
How to identify the characteristics of local fish, families and species.
Learn about Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life.
Earn credit The first dive of the PADI Specialty Diver course can be credited as a diving adventure toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
What diving equipment are you going to use?
Beyond using basic diving equipment, you’ll want a dashboard to write down what you see and a fish identification card if it’s available.