Started on 18/03/2023Duration 1 day, 2 dives

Enjoy dives even more when you can recognize and identify fish families and their characteristics.


“What was that fish?”is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the wuestions, then take the Fish Identification Specialty course. You will 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 at least 10 years old and a PADI  (Junior)  Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the PADI – Fish Identification course.


Once you learn to recognize what types of fish you see, you will 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 Southest 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 will 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.

Duration: 1 day, 2 dives


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