Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?” The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer. You'll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn on every scuba diving vacation because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you 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 maybe wildly different.
If you know what fish family it 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 a “yellow thingy with a funny tail fin.
During the course you'll learn:
During two dives you gain hands-on (okay, 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, organization and procedures.
The course consists of a knowledge development session & 2 Open water dives which will cover:
The Project AWARE philosophy about protecting worldwide aquatic ecosystems
Fish family groupings and common characteristics of fish species found in the local area
Fish surveying techniques and strategies for collecting valid data
The planning, organization and procedures for identifying fish families and species while diving
Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with a PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of the material.
Open Water Dives
Here in the Mediterranean on the Costa Blanca, Students will complete 2 Open Water dives to certify as a PADI Fish Identification Diver. During the 2 dives you will identify & record sightings of fish, noting abundance & habitat information when possible. During each dive you will demonstrate responsible diving practices to minimize negative environmental effects.
Students must be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent.
Padi Dive Center Scubaworld provide PADI Scuba Diving Courses, guided leisure dives, try dives and diving for kids along the Costa Blanca in Spain covering: Torrevieja, Playa Flamenca,Orihuela Costa, La Marina, San Miguel de Salinas, Punta Prima, Cabo Roig, Campoamor, San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier, La Manga, Murcia, Cartagena and Cabo de Palos.