Get to Know Your Underwater Neighbors: It’s the most common question divers ask: What is that fish called? The opportunity to see brilliantly colored tropical fish and other marine creatures in their natural environment is among the chief reasons many of us dive. Yet doing so is nowhere near as fun as it could be if you don’t know:
- The names of the animals you are looking at.
- What makes them unique.
- What relatives they may have in different oceans of the world.
Fortunately, there is no need to remain in the dark. In a short period of time, you can master the names of the most common fish, plus learn fascinating facts about their origin an behavior.
Who Can Take This Course?
- Be at least 12 years old.
- Be certified the NASE Open Water Diver level (or equivalent).
- Be able to answer No to all questions on the NASE Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course
What is Involved?
- Self Study: Using a variety of materials.
- Group Discussion: in a classroom or at the dive site.
- In-Water Training: Students must acquire at least 50 minutes of instructor-supervised Actual Bottom Time and make at least two separate entries and exits.
What Equipment Will You Need?
- Mask and fins
- Adequate exposure protection
- BC and regulator system
- One full cylinder per dive
- Dive computer or depth gauge and timer
- Dive knife or cutting tool
Depending on the dive site and planned activities, it may also be prudent to have items such as audible and visual surface signals. Your instructor may have further equipment requirements.