4 PADI Specialty Courses
ID – Understand – Awareness – Effort
“I spy you, on that coral, oh so fragile coral, I’d like to save”
There are 4 PADI specialty courses that were almost designed for each other. The Specialty courses of Fish Identification / Underwater Naturalist / Project AWARE® Specialist and Coral Reef Conservation are all about our environment. Between the courses they offer knowledge on ecosystems that surround us and why. You’ll see more on furture dives than ever. Training broadens understanding on our fragile underwater environment and how it is changing. You’ll learn about issues threatening our vulnerable aquatic environments and what efforts we can make for good.
Enjoy dives even more when you can recognize and identify fish families and their characteristics. Being able to name fish to other divers is a great bonding tool and handy. You never really know how lucky you are until you learn to identify what you see underwater.
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. If you are training to become a diving professional at Mermaids it also comes in very handy – to be able to speak with the divers on the boat and impart nautical wisdom is a great thing. Having the fish ID knowledge will also give you credibility as a dive professional. If a student asks you about what they are seeing and you do not know – there’s an embarrassing problem right there.
If 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the AWARE – Fish Identification course.
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.
During two scuba dives, you’ll learn:
- How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species.
- Fish survey techniques and strategies.
- About Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life
Get a better understanding about the local ecosystem and the differences between terrestrial and aquatic worlds. See new things, even in the most familiar dive sites. Take the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course and you’ll see new things, even on the most familiar scuba diving sites. Why? Because when know more about symbioses, underwater ecology, and aquatic plant and animal habitats, you notice behaviors and see creatures you may have previously missed. Learn more about the local ecosystem and take a closer look on your next scuba diving adventure.
PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Underwater Naturalist Specialty course.
- Key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds.
- Major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths.
- Responsible interactions with aquatic life.
- The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
Includes: 2 x Scuba Dives and Classroom Session
Project AWARE’s philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE Specialist certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.
Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world should take this course. There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this non-diving specialty.
Mermaids Dive operate Project AWARE and Coral conservation projects often. You will always see some form of cleanup or conservation project on the go or being planned.
- How Project AWARE unites scuba divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference.
- About environmental issues in the ocean commons and coastal zones.
- About fisheries challenges and sustainability problems.
- What’s happening to coral reefs and reef inhabitants.
- Your role in protecting aquatic environments.
Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef. Yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. This course helps you appreciate the complexity of coral reef habitats and teaches how you can help conserve these vital systems.
Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world can take this course. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions and no water sessions are required to earn this non-diving certification. This is a classroom based course that we can take to the boat if you wish. If you wish to dive with an instructor to explore and identify what you have learned then please speak to our staff (or mail me – I can arrange stuff like that).
You will learn:
- How coral reefs function and the complex nature of life on a reef.
- Why coral reefs are so important.
- Why many coral reefs are in serious trouble.
- What you can do to prevent further decline.
- How Project AWARE unites divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference.