PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty
- Duration :1 Day
- Equipment :Not included
- Requirements :You must be a PADI Open Water Diver or PADI Junior Open Water Diver and be at least 10 years old to participate in the PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty. You will also need to complete a standard PADI Medical form which may require a doctor’s signature to say you are fit to dive if you have any pertinent medical history. If you've never suffered from any of the conditions listed, you can sign it yourself.
COURSE OVERVIEW :
Most of us can identify ‘Nemo’ the Clown Fish thanks to Disney Pixar! However, the ocean is home to thousands of species of marine life, but how many could you correctly identify? When diving we observe marine life of all shapes, sizes and colours but as divers, it’s important we know the basics as the pretty ones could be ones that we need extra caution!
The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty, is designed to help you learn and recognise what types of fish you see and reference the exact species after your scuba dive.
Could you identify the common Red Sea marine life below?
- Sergeant Major – Distinctive black and white/yellow stripes.
- Bat Fish – Flat bodies, inquisitive and playful.
- Flute Fish – Long, thin, and glistening sliver.
- Acropora Coral – Grows in plates or branches.
Could you identify these species that need more respect?
- Scorpion Fish – Camouflage specialist with venomous spines.
- Lion Fish – One of the most serene and beautiful but also most venomous.
- Trigger Fish – Notoriously aggressive when defending their home or young.
- Fire Coral – Masks itself as other types of coral but delivers as painful rash when touched.
If not, then the PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty could be beneficial for you!
What you’ll learn
During the two scuba dives on the PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty, you’ll learn:
- The Project AWARE philosophy and worldwide aquatic ecosystem protection.
- Fish family groupings and common characteristics of fish species found in the local area.
- Different types of marine habitats.
- Fish survey techniques and strategies.
- Fish identification dive planning, organisation and procedures.
The Scuba Gear You Will Use
All the equipment you will need is provided for the PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty. You'll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask and snorkel, fins, a wetsuit, a buoyancy compensating jacket (BCD) that carries the scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from and gauges to monitor depth and air supply. Your PADI instructor will also share with you a card or booklet detailing the common marine life in that area.
Continue The Adventure...
With your newfound knowledge of marine life why not put it to the test! Capture some underwater pictures of your favourite creatures and see if you can identify them once you are back on land. To help you with your underwater photography skills you could participate in the PADI Underwater Photographer Specialty to help you capture more vivid and artistic images.