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PADI AWARE Fish Identification

Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?”

The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the basics of fish identification skills so that next time, you know the answer.

PADI Certification: PADI AWARE Fish Identification Diver

Classroom Sessions: 1 Classroom Session

Open Water Dives: 2 Open Water Dives

Minimum Age: Minimum Age 10 years old

Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of a medical questionnaire + PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

Cost: £ 80.00

Included: PADI Crewpak© and Kit Hire


The Fun Part

Dives can be far more enjoyable when you recognise the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba dive because once you learn the main fish families and, of course, their characteristics it will help you decipher the species you will see all over the world.

For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but their colors and markings may be wildly different. If you know which family a particluar fish belongs to, it becomes much easier to look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw. That works better than asking about that “yellow thingy with a funny tail fin.”

What You Learn

During two dives you will gain hands-on, well okay maybe eyes-on, experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You’ll learn :

  • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies
  • How to practice fish identification dive planning, organisation and procedures

Your Next Adventure

While you’re learning about fish, you’ll probably also be curious about the different types of coral and want to check out the Coral Reef Conservationist course.

As you learn about fish survey techniques you may also want to work on a conservation project as part of your PADI National Geographic Diver certification.

You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the species you’re encountering.