The Conservationist

Project AWARE Specialist, Coral Reef Conservation, Underwater Naturalist and AWARE Fish Identification are some of the unique specialties geared toward conservation, learning about marine life and environmental education. We offer a wide range of other specialties that cover many interests. These specialties can be found on the Specialties overview page. Or become the ultimate hero for the underwater world by earning your Eco-Master Scuba Diver rating!

 

Project AWARE Specialist

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The underwater world needs heroes! You can be one of them by championing the causes of the world’s most fragile and important aquatic ecosystems. You CAN make a difference!

Learn about some of the most pressing problems facing these vulnerable environments and everyday actions you can take to help conserve them. It’s informative, interesting, and most importantly, you learn how to make a difference.

What You Learn

Project AWARE Foundation is the scuba diving industry’s leading nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to conserving the aquatic environment through education, advocacy, and action. Besides completing the Project AWARE Specialty course, you can become a partner in the efforts to preserve the underwater environment.

You will learn about:

  • The ocean commons and coastal zone issues
  • Fisheries challenges and sustainability
  • Coral environment overview and inhabitants
  • The role of the scuba diver in protecting aquatic environments

This course does not require any dives or previous diving certification, only classroom time.


    Interest in the aquatic world!

    None

    Project AWARE’s AWARE – Our World, Our Water (Free, downloadable PDF)

    $80

    None





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    Coral Reef Conservation

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    The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course is designed to inform you about the world’s coral reefs. As a scuba diver, the health of aquatic ecosystems is often what makes a good dive. Become aware of the fragility of coral reefs and how you can help preserve them.

    What You Learn

    The AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course teaches you about the vital role of coral reefs in the marine environment. The course also familiarizes you with the current state of the world’s coral reefs and how you can help. You will learn about the Project AWARE Foundation and:

    • How coral reefs function
    • Why they are so important
    • Why many reefs are in serious trouble
    • What you can do to prevent further decline

    This course does not require any dives or previous dive certification, only classroom time.


      Interest in the aquatic world!

      None

      Project AWARE’s AWARE – Our World, Our Water (Free, downloadable PDF)

      $80

      None





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      Underwater Naturalist

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      Are you curious about the plants and animals you see underwater? Want to understand more about the interactions you witness? With this class, you’ll learn not just what those fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment. Look for symbiosis, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn about why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.

      What You Learn

      • The major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths
      • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
      • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
      • The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment

      You put this information into practice during your two open water dives.


        • Minimum age: 10
        • Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver



        • PADI Underwater Naturalist Manual
        • View the PADI Underwater Naturalist DVD


        • $195 includes materials, a classroom session, and two open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.







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        AWARE Fish Identification

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        During two dives, you gain practical experience in looking for and identifying the fascinating fish you see underwater. You’ll learn:

        • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species
        • Fish survey techniques and strategies
        • How to practice fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures

        We offer two different options for the Fish ID course:

        Option A: Fish Identification Class

        This option is great for a non-diver or snorkeler, or for a diver who plans to do the open water dives elsewhere. You can still learn the basics of Fish ID and become a REEF surveyor. You’ll meet with an instructor for 2-3 hours in the classroom to review fish families and characteristics and then take a brief quiz.


          Interest in the aquatic world!

          None

          REEF fish survey kit, which includes a “fish in a pocket” underwater guide, a survey slate, and underwater survey paper.

          $80 (includes REEF fish survey kit)

          None



          Option B: Full AWARE Fish ID Specialty Certification

          After you’ve taken the Fish ID class and quiz, you’re ready to do your two dives to complete your PADI specialty AND be certified as a REEF Level 2 surveyor.


            • Minimum age: 10
            • Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver



            • Project AWARE’s AWARE – Our World, Our Water (Free, downloadable PDF)


            • $195 includes materials, a classroom session, and two open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.





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