Learn to properly identify the creatures that you see underwater
This course is designed to introduce divers to the most common
families and species of fish found in temperate and cold 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 program in conjunction with Reef Environmental Education
Foundation (REEF) teaches the diver about Protecting Marine Life Through
Education, Service, and Research. REEF was founded in 1990, out of
growing concern about the health of the marine environment, and the
desire to provide the SCUBA diving community a way to contribute to the
understanding and protection of marine populations. REEF achieves this
goal primarily through its volunteer fish monitoring program, the REEF
Fish Survey Project. Participants in the Project not only learn
about the environment they are diving in, but they also produce valuable
information. Scientists, marine park staff, and the general public use
the data that are collected by REEF volunteers. Want to know more about
the Fish Survey Project and the data that are collected? Visit the
Survey Project page to learn more about the Project, the survey
methodology, and how the Project data are used.
The course is made up of two open
water dives and a classroom session.
- The AWARE - Fish Identification Diver course includes two open
water training dives. The first dive allows divers to practice basic
fish and invertebrate life identification techniques
- The second dive prompts divers to collect fish and invertebrate
life identification data for submission to the REEF Fish Survey
- Training dives may be conducted at night for divers who have
completed the Night Diving Course or
have qualifying night diving experience.
- The Project AWARE philosophy about protecting worldwide aquatic
ecosystems is discussed
- Fish and invertebrate life family groupings and common
characteristics of fish and invertebrate life species found in the
- Fish and invertebrate life surveying techniques and strategies for
collecting valid data.
- The planning, organization, and procedures for identifying fish
and invertebrate life families and species while diving.
These are just a few of the topics that
you'll learn during the Fish Identification course.
Prerequisites are Open Water
Diver AND some cold water diving experience. In addition you will
find that your ability to control your buoyancy will significantly enhance
your underwater surveys. If your not sure about yours, you might consider taking
the Peak Performance Buoyancy Clinic prior to this class.
Course Cost is $125 and
includes all materials, the class time, and the open water dives. By this point in a divers training it is important that
a student begins to obtain their own equipment (rentals are available but having your
own gear is preferred). A dive light and a slate are essential for
a student to have while surveying aquatic life habits, but are not included in the course