PADI Fish Identification

PADI Fish Identification


Duration: 7 Hours


“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 questions, then take the Fish Identification Specialty course. You'll enjoy your dives, even more, when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.

Once you learn to recognize what types of fish you see, you'll 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 Southeast Asia, but its 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.

The 5 hours online course includes the following:

  • The Project AWARE philosophy is 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.


During two scuba dives (two hours), you'll 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.


  1. Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water
    Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training

  2. Be at least 10 years old.

Note: PADI certificate and training dives will charge fees.


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