“What fish was that?” This a common question after a diving session. If you wish to be a diver with the answers instead of being the one that ask, you have to do the Fish Identification Specialty course. You will enjoy your diving sessions even more when you recognize the creatures that you can see and can identify the main families and its characteristics.
If you are at least 10 years old and are a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or superior level, you can enroll in the AWARE course – Fish identification.
Once you learn to recognize what type of fish you see, you will find easier to find out what species they belong to after your diving session. For example, a butterfly fish of the Caribbean is very similar to the Butterfly fish of the south east Asia but the colors and marks can be very different. If you know what group they belong to, you can find easier the local name or at least have the knowledge to ask your instructor.
During the two diving sessions, you will learn:
- How to identify the family characteristic and species of local fish.
- Techniques and strategies of fish count.
- The activities of Project AWARE can help to protect the underwater world.
- Get credit! The first diving session of this PADI Diving Specialty course can be used as credit for an adventure diving session for your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – Ask your instructor how to obtain this credit.
Apart from using your basic equipment, it will be helpful to have a board to register what you see and a fish identification card if available in your area. Your PADI instructor and the staff of the dive center can suggest any additional equipment or references about what you may need in your diving sessions.