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PADI AWARE - Fish Identification

Enjoy dives even more when you can recognize and identify fish families and their characteristics.

Course Type: Continuing Education

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About The AWARE Fish Identification Specialist Course

“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the Fish Identification Specialty course. You'll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.

What Your Learn

Once you learn to recognize what types of fish you see, you'll find it easier to reference the exact species after a scuba dive. For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but colors and markings may be wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, you can more easily look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw.

Take This Course If You Want To

  • Learn about local fish families and species
  • How to project aquatic life

Learn How To   

  • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species.
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies.
  • About PADI AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life

Next Steps

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Step 1 - PADI eLearning

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into a busy schedule. Complete the independent study part of your course whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you.

Work at your own pace, online or offline, using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor for inwater training, or whenever you have a question.

  • eLearning time commitment: 2-4 hours



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At The Uk Diving Academy

Step 2 - With Your Instructor

During two scuba dives, you will put into practice survey techniques and strategies, and identify local fish families and species

  • Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)
  • Total time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Minimum age: 10 years or older




More Information

PADI Fish Identification Specialist Course Prerequisites
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level-certification).
  • Minimum age: 10 years or older
Course Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.?

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

The Scuba Gear You Will Use During Your Course

We will provide all your core scuba diving equipment during your course including:

  • Buoyancy Device
  • Regulator
  • Scuba Cylinder
  • Weight System & Weights
  • Scuba Diving Computer
  • Scuba Diving Fins

During your course, we will include rental of all of the above core dive gear items only. You will be required to collect your core dive gear prior to the open water training dives from us

What's Included
  • Course Tuition
  • PADI eLearning
  • Basic Equipment Hire
  • PADI eCertification Card 
Additional Costs 
  • Boat fees and or dive site entry from £15- £25 per day
  • Transportation (for you and your equipment) - (we will do our best to arrange lifts if needed)
  • Subsequent air fills on open water dives payable directly to site
After This Course

The first dive of the PADI Fish Identification Specialty course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - contact us today for finds out more about earning credit.

Your PADI Fish Identification certification gets you one step closer to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver™. Only two percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating.

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