PADI AWARE / SSI Manta and Ray Specialty Diver



Love sharks? Scared of sharks? Or do you just want to know more about them? Enroll in an AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty course and discover the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies. You’ll learn more about the causes of declining shark populations and the actions you can take to become a knowledgeable and passionate shark defender. By being informed, you can dispel misconceptions and act to protect sharks. Sharks need you!

Mission Statement

Manta and Ray Ecology specialty program and you will learn how to dive with myliobatiformes and recognize different ray species.

The course focuses on how rays contribute to healthy ocean ecosystems and why these precious animals need our protection.

Upon completion, you will earn your Manta & Ray Ecology Specialty certification.

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The natural world is the greatest source of excitement. The greatest source of visual beauty. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
– Sir David Attenborough.

Alongside diver theoretical development sessions on general manta, skate and ray behaviour and impact, divers will complete one dive and learn techniques on how to dive with a range of myliobatiformes. You will lead a dive in search of sharks. Divers will observe the sharks and add the information to shark databases.

The PADI AWARE Manta and Ray Ecology Diver Specialty Course has two academic presentations which include slides and video footage as well as optional Ray AWARE dives. During the two dives you will focus on diving, biology, classification : Syestema Naturae and Binomial Nomenclature, definition of species, systematic, identification key, similarities among rays, recognition, similarities to other marine animals.

This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver Rating.

Courses Included

PADI AWARE / SSI Manta and Ray Ecology Specialty Diver

Age Requirements

Min Dive Experience

Dive Equipment


Course Type

Theory and 2 Dives, Theory Only

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If you have not been diving for a while, refresh your memory with the e-learning knowledge development. P.T.O.

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Specialty Course Certifications also count as one of five Specialties required for the Master Scuba Diver Rating.

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