Fish ID Course

Schedule this course with the

1834 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 424-744-8384
Email: info@in2deepdiving.com .
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm


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“What was that fish?”  That 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 AWARE – 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 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. 

During two scuba dives, 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

This course consists of two dives and a small amount of reading in advance.  If you have a logged a night adventure dive during your advanced open water, then only 1 dive are required to complete the specialty.

TUITION:  $119.00 during our Catalina dive weekends.

MEDICAL FORM: If applicant signs "yes" to any of the medical history questions, please consult your physician for written approval.