PADI AWARE / SSI Sea Turtle Ecology 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

Sea turtles are some of the most wonderful animals to dive with. You will want to dive with them even more after completing the Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty program! This specialty program provides the skills and concepts you need to recognize and identify common sea turtle species. It teaches you about the fascinating history of sea turtles, their role in marine ecosystems and threats to their survival. Upon completion, you will earn the Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty certification.

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Changes in Latitudes' began when I was looking at a photograph of a sea turtle swimming underwater. I had such a strong feeling for the beauty of this ancient creature, at home in the sea. On the spot, I wanted to swim with that turtle. I began to imagine a character who would do just that.
- Will Hobbs

Become aware of the plight of the Sea turtles in our oceans, become a marine protector and help to increase awareness and spread the word. Six of the seven species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered with many sea turtles facing mortal danger from a variety of threats as they travel the oceans.

  • Become aware of the plight of the Sea turtles
  • Learn about Global Sea Turtle challenges
  • Learn about the marine Ecosystem and the role of Sea Turtles within the Marine Ecosystem
  • Learn about the seven species of Sea Turtles, their habitats and population status
  • Learn responsible dive and snorkel practices when swimming with a sea turtle
Courses Included

PADI AWARE / SSI Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty Diver

Age Requirements

Min Dive Experience

Dive Equipment


Course Type

Theory and 2 Dives, Theory Only

Quick Tip


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

Quick Tip 2


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

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