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Aware Fish Identification

Diver identifies fish underwaterIf you©d like to take the AWARE © Fish Identification Diver program, you©ll need at least your PADI Open Water Diver (Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent) certification and be at least 10 years old.

During the AWARE © Fish Identification Diver program you©ll go on two open water dives (which may be completed in one day). The first dive allows you to practice basic fish identification techniques, while the second dive prompts you to collect fish identification data for submission to the REEF Fish Survey Project (if appropriate). After the dives, you©re required to log the experience in your personal log book.

This program covers the knowledge and techniques for identifying fish common to your local area. The following is included in your PADI AWARE © Fish Identification Diver program:

  • Diver identifies fish underwaterThe 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.

At the discretion of your instructor, the AWARE © Fish Identification elective dive from the Adventures In Diving program may count toward the certification requirements of this specialty program.

Now that your interest is piqued, stop by our local PADI Dive Center to see how you can be identifying local fish this weekend.


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