Have you ever been scuba diving and asked yourself, "What was that?” The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course at COLUMBIA SCUBA provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.
You’ll find you enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see. The fun part about this course is you can use the skills you learn every time you dive because once you learn the main fish families and characteristics it will help you decipher the species you see all over the world.
For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but their colors and markings maybe wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, it becomes much easier to look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw. That works better than asking about a “yellow thingy with a funny tail fin.”
During two dives you gain hands-on (okay, eyes-on) experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You’ll learn :
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As you learn about fish survey techniques with COLUMBIA SCUBA ask the team about work on a conservation project as part of their efforts to support Project AWARE and brush up on your underwater imaging skills so that you can document and capture the species you’re encountering.
For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the COLUMBIA SCUBA Team members.