AWARE Fish Id Specialty Instructor


Philosophy

With AWARE Fish Identification Specialty Instructor Course you will introduce your future scuba student divers to the most common families and species of fish found in temperate and tropical waters. They learn basic fish identification and scientific surveying techniques. Through an overview of Project AWARE and other preservation and research efforts, such as the REEF Fish Survey Project, divers also learn the importance of personal involvement in aquatic environment conservation.

Priorities in the course:

  • The 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.
Prerequisites

Be a renewed PADI Assistant Instructor (or higher rating) or have completed an IDC/OWSI within the last 12 months.

Duration

One day including one open water dive.

Materials

  • AWARE Manual "Our World - Our Water"
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Outline for AWARE Fish ID
  • Additional to your standard dive gear: UW slate & Fish ID slates
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