AWARE Fish Identification
“What fish was that?”
Without the PADI Fish identification Specialty course, this is a common question after a dive. If you want to be a diver with answers, rather than one who asks questions, you have to do the course. You will enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures you see and can identify the main families and their characteristics .
If you are at least 16 years old and you are PADI Open Water Diver or higher, you can register for the AWARE – Fish Identification course.
PADI Specialty Fish Identification
Discover in depth all the wonders that nature hides under its seas with this professional diving course.
Diving course specialized in the identification of underwater species.
What will you learn in this course?
Once you learn to recognize which types of fish you see, you’ll find it easier to consult the exact species. For example, a butterfly fish from the Caribbean has a shape similar to a butterfly fish from Southeast Asia. However, the colors and markings can be very different. If you know which family of fish it belongs to, you can easily find the local name. That, or at least have the skill to ask the local diving instructor what you have seen through references.
During two dives, you will learn:
- How to identify characteristics of families and species of local fish.
- Fish screening techniques and strategies fish screening .
- About Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life
Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diving course can serve as an Adventure Dive credit for your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about getting credit.
In addition to using basic diving equipment, you may be interested in having a splint to record what you see. You can also use a fish identification card if it is available in your area. Your PADI Instructor and the staff at your local dive center or resort can suggest additional equipment or references that you are likely to see on your dives.