Aquarium Eco Diver Specialty Course

Are you ready for some serious diving fun? If so, our AQUARIUM ECOLOGY SPECIALTY COURSE is for you!

Scuba diving opens the door to exploring the magic of the underwater world.  Our Aquarium Ecology Specialty Diver Course is like no other.  It will provide an up close and personal experience and enhance your knowledge of the cool critters you often encounter while diving.

During this four-specialty course you’ll apply information you learn while reading the Shark Ecology, Sea Turtle Ecology, Fish Identification and the NEW Manta & Ray Ecology digital specialty manuals, gain a better sense of how to identify a large variety of animals, observe their characteristics and behaviors, and identify their many shapes, sizes and colors.  You’ll leave with a greater appreciation of the fragility of the underwater world and more knowledge of sharks, turtles, fish, eels, rays and coral than you thought possible. 

The opportunity to apply the information you learned in your online manuals, in two amazing diving environments at the aquarium, will make for an extraordinary diving experience.

What You’ll Learn

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  • Observe and identify different species of fish
  • Record sightings, abundance, sizes and shapes of fish
  • Describe behaviors and characteristics of a variety of fish


  • Identify different species of Rays
    • Southern
    • Cownose
    • Reticulate
    • Guitarfish (yes, it’s a ray)
  • Note the body shape differences, gill slits, spiricles, eye location
  • Note the tail shape differences
  • How do they swim?


  • Note turtle species
  • Record identifying characteristics
  • Note the behavior exhibited by the turtles


  • Identify several shark species
  • Record identifying characteristics of each species
  • Record the larges and smallest body sizes
  • Note unique behaviors

Fish IdentificationShark Ecology
Manta & RaySea Turtle Ecology

Prerequisites and Documents

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  • Be a certified Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver from a recognized certification agency.
    Please note: you you’ll be asked to show proof of certification when you arrive for the course at the aquarium 
  • Create a personal MySSI account with an uploaded digital photo

Course Fee – $355

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  • SSI Diving Professional
  • Shark Cage Experience
  • (1) Scuba Dive
  • Four SSI Ecology Specialties (Coral & Fish ID, Sea Turtle & Shark Ecology) Please Note: Beginning in May we will replace the Coral ID Speciality with the NEW Manta & Ray Ecology Specialty
  • Use of:  Tank, BCD, Regulator, Gauges, Exposure Suit, Gloves and Beanie
  • (1) day aquarium pass (that day)

Not Included

  • Required Dive slate (for recording important information while underwater)
  • Mask, Fins & Booties
  • Parking (there is a separate fee for this)
  • Swimsuit, towel, and personal hygiene items
  • Sorry, no bare feet allowed.  Please bring shoes (Keens, flip-flops, water shoes, etc) to wear on the wet deck
  • Cannot use an underwater camera (still or video) during the training dives

SSI Advanced Diver

Once you complete the Aquarium Ecology Course and digitally log 24 dives, you will automatically be sent the SSI Advanced Diver (Level 3) digital recognition card………….for FREE!

Eco Diver Specialty Program
Our Aquarium Ecology Specialty Diver Course provides a unique underwater diving experience that will help you enjoy the diving experience and enhance your knowledge of the cool critters you often encounter while diving.
Digital Online Materials
Pricing is $75 per e-kit
  • Manta and Ray Ecology Course digital online manual
  • Shark Ecology Course digital online manual
  • Sea Turtle Ecology Course digital online manual
  • Fish Identification Course digital online manual
  • Free updates for life
  • Free digital online Snorkel Diver manual
  • Free digital online Try Freediving manual
  • Free digital online Try Scuba manual
  • Free digital Blue Oceans program

If you have any questions please call us at (303) 789-2450

Payment in full was required to reserve your space in the class.

  • There is no refund for the digital materials you use.
  • Should you cancel or transfer, FOR ANY REASON, less than 48 hours before the starting date of the course, all fees will be forfeited.
  • Should you transfer less than seven days, but more than 48 hours before the starting date of the class, there will be a $100 transfer/cancellation fee.