Aware Fish ID


In order to enroll in the PADI AWARE Fish Identification course, you need to be at least 15 years old and a certified PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent).


Course Structure

During your AWARE Fish Identification   course, you will learn and practice identifying various species of fish while you tour the dive site. Your instructor will discuss the different categories of fish and explain ways to determine which group they belong to. During your open water dives, you will put these techniques into practice identifying and recording the aquatic life you see.

Once you have completed the AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course, you will receive a temporary AWARE Fish Identification certification card, which you can start using right away! You will receive your permanent card about 30-45 days after you have been certified.



You will be required to have your own mask, fins, snorkel and underwater slate for the duration of the course. We would also recommend that you have a suitable exposure suit – a wetsuit during the winter months to protect your body from the cold and a lycra, or skinsuit for the summer months to protect your body from jellyfish stings and scrapes.