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Fish Identification

Get Educated About Marine Life Species!

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Certified Diver

Experience this educational specialty course in Avalon, California!

“What was that fish?” 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 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.

If you’re at least 12 years old and an Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Fish Identification course offered by Diving Catalina.

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. 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

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll want a slate to record what you see and a fish identification card Catalina Island.