|PADI AWARE, Fish Identification Program
Is that an Angelfish? Impress your dive buddy
identifying the fish you see.
If you’d like to take the AWARE – Fish Identification
Diver program, you’ll need at least your PADI Open Water Diver (Junior
Open Water Diver or equivalent) certification and be at least 12 years old.
During the AWARE – Fish Identification Diver program you’ll go on
two open water dives (which may be completed in one day). The first dive allows
you to practice basic fish identification techniques, while the second dive prompts
you to collect fish identification data for submission to the REEF Fish Survey
Project (if appropriate). After the dives, you’re required to log the experience
in your personal log book.
This program covers the knowledge and techniques for identifying fish common
to your local area. The following is included in your PADI AWARE – Fish
Identification Diver program:
The Project AWARE philosophy about protecting worldwide aquatic ecosystems. Fish
family groupings and common characteristics of fish species found in the local
Fish surveying techniques and strategies for collecting valid data. The planning,
organization, and procedures for identifying fish families and species while
At the discretion of your instructor, the AWARE – Fish Identification elective
dive from the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or Advanced Plus program may count
toward the certification
requirements of this specialty program.