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Beyond The Basics


Sharks Need Our Understanding

Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are an important resource supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists. But sharks are in a global decline. Overfishing has reduced many shark populations around the world to levels that threaten their continued existence.

In this Course, AWARE Shark Conservation, we will show you why sharks are so important and the things we can all do to help protect our friends the sharks. We hope after this course you will become a champion of shark protection and take action to help the sharks!

Course includes: classroom, and 2 Open Water dives; and PADI AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty certification card when two open water dives have been completed. (Students who complete only the knowledge development section may be issued with an AWARE Shark Conservation Program Participation Certificate.)

Required Gear: personal gear (Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties, Gloves, Gear Bag), Log Book, Compass and Scuba Gear. Dive Light, whistle, dive computer or underwater timing device are required. Rental of scuba gear is 50% off during the course. Cutting device, underwater slate/pencil and underwater camera/video recommended.

Program Cost: Call for Price & Schedule; Students enrolled in the class will receive a 10% discount on all specialty scuba diving supplies purchased during the class. 

What You Learn
  • Develop a practical knowledge of Sharks physical attributes
  • Conservation status of Sharks
  • Importance of Sharks to marine ecosystems - threats & strategies, value
  • Sharks in our local area
  • Planning, organization, techniques, potential problems and hazards 
  • Safety procedures for Shark Diving.
Prerequisites: 
  • At least PADI Open Water Diver (PADI Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent) 
  • 12 years old is the minimum age requirement
  • The Learning Materials You Need
  • Guide to Impacts on Sharks
  • Project AWARE Ten Ways A Diver Can Protect The Underwater Environment
Your Next Adventure
This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification. If you are interested in further broadening your knowledge in becoming an underwater conservationist, you'll also enjoy these specialty courses: Take your navigation skills to new levels with the PADI Underwater Navigator course. Get your buoyancy dialed in with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course. Recognize what those critters are on your night dive with the AWARE REEF/Fish Identification course and then snap their photo with precision with the Digital Underwater Photography


Be Aware & Know the Truth about Sharks

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