PADI AWARE / SSI Shark Specialty



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

In the Shark Ecology Specialty, you will learn how to interpret shark behaviours, why they are often misunderstood and how dive with sharks. This is a perfect course for shark fans and for divers who are nervous about sharks but want to overcome their fear. Upon completion of this program, you will earn your Shark Ecology Specialty certification and no doubt become an avid shark diver. Start today!

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Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you're lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you're in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don't see sharks.
- Sylvia Earle

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

The PADI AWARE Shark Diver Specialty Course has two academic presentations which include slides and video footage as well as one shark AWARE dive. During the two dives you will focus on diving, biology, classification : Syestema Naturae and Binomial Nomenclature, definition of species, systematic, identification key, similarities among sharks, recognition of the dorsal fin and caudal fin, similarities to other marine animals.

Courses Included

PADI AWARE Shark Specialty

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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