The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches divers, snorkelers and nondivers about the vital role coral reefs play in the marine environment and how these ecosystems are currently threatened. The course familiarizes participants with the current state of the world’s coral reefs and explains how individuals can help protect the living reef from further decline.
The program is a nondiving course that only contains classroom presentations.
You may conduct it as a stand-alone program, however, it’s recommended that you offer it in conjunction with other PADI programs.
Students begin the course by reading Chapter Four of the A.W.A.R.E – Our World, Our Water book (if available in a language they understand.) They also watch the Protect the Living Reef video – diver or snorkeler version either independently or with you. You elaborate on course information using the colorful, photo-filled lesson guides. By completing and reviewing the program’s Knowledge Review, students may earn the AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty certification
This course include the following :
1. An introduction to Project AWARE.
2. The importance of coral reefs to marine ecosystems and coastal areas.
3. Coral reef and reef inhabitant biology, association and competition.
4. The status of the world’s coral reefs and detrimental land-based and ocean-based activities that put reefs in peril.
5. Suggestions and information about actions that may help to protect reefs, including responsible diving and snorkeling practices.
To enroll in the AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course, participants need only have an interest in the aquatic world. There is no minimum age or experience requirement.