This course is designed to introduce divers to the most common families and species of fish found in temperate and tropical waters. Divers 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.
This course include the following:
- 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.
To qualify for the AWARE – Fish Identification Diver course, an individual must:
- Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
- Be at least 10 years old
- Submit, to the instructor, medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to
dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing
the form cannot be the individual.
- Sign the Certified Diver Experience Programs Liability Release
- Assumption of Risk form.