Project AWARE Fish ID Specialty Course at Underwater Vision
Part of the fun that comes with Scuba Diving is observing a new ecosystem with all of its varied creatures in their natural environment. Once you get back to the surface, it helps to be able to identify what you saw in order learn more about them or to converse about them and their habits with your fellow divers around Utila and with the PADI Professionals at Underwater Vision and at the many other adventurous dive destinations your passion for scuba will take you!
The PADI Project AWARE Fish ID Specialty course will teach you how to identify fish using key techniques that will allow you to categorize what you see into fish families and species making identification in a book or on the internet easier post diving.
FISH FACT: The fish pictured here is called a Juvenile Spotted Drum which are a beautiful and exciting fish to spot on the reef around Utila. What makes them unique is how different the juveniles look from their spotted adult counterparts who do NOT sport the long dorsal fin! They are called Drums because of a low reverberation they are capable of making which can be compared to the sound of a beating drum.
When you learn to identify a specific species you will be able to learn about their interesting characteristics as well as what if anything is threatening its survival and as a PADI Scuba Diver what you can do to protect it.
What will you 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. During two scuba dives, you’ll learn:
- How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species
- Fish survey techniques and strategies
- How to practice fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures
Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.
How can you start learning now?
Stop by your local Underwater Vision, or find one in an area where altitude diving is possible, to enroll in the course. Also, check out the dives logged at altitude on PADI Scuba Earth.
While you’re learning about fish, you’ll probably also be curious about the different types of coral and want to check out the [crccoursepage] course.
You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the species you’re encountering.