Aquarium Ecology Diver Specialties Course

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

Scuba diving opens the door to exploring the magic of the underwater world.  Our Denver Downtown Aquarium Ecology Specialty Diver Course has been recognized as “one of the most unique courses of its kind in the country.” 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 the information you learn while reading the Shark Ecology, Sea Turtle Ecology, Fish Identification, and 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 two amazing diving environments at the Denver Downtown Aquarium, will make for an extraordinary diving experience.

ECOLOGY SPECIAL  – Through March 31, sign up for one of our (Feb-April) Ecology Courses and receive the Marine Life Ecology Digital Manual for FREE!  For a nominal fee, you can also acquire the Marine Life Ecology Specialty.  


What You’ll Learn

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FISH IDENTIFICATION

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

MANTA & RAY ECOLOGY

  • 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?

SEA TURTLE ECOLOGY

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

SHARK ECOLOGY

  • 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’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

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  • The RSTC Diver Medical/Participant Questionnaire Form is extremely important.
  • If you answer YES to questions 3, 5, or 10 on page 1 of the Diver Medical form or to ANY of the questions on page 2, you will need to sign and date the Participant’s Signature on page 1 AND take all three pages of the Participant Questionnaire and Physician’s Evaluation Form to your physician for a medical evaluation. Your physician must approve, date, and sign the form to include an MD or DO with their signature.  We are not permitted to accept the signature of a PA or Nurse Practitioner. 
  • There are two questions related to COVID-19 – If you answer them with a YES, “A PHYSICIAN’S MEDICAL EVALUATION IS REQUIRED.”  You must make sure the physician signing the form checks the “Approval” box on page three of the form and adds their medical credential MD or DO after their name. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Unfortunately, we’ll not be able to begin the water session until all of the documents have been completed, collected, and reviewed for accuracy.


Course Fee – $395

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Includes

  • SSI Diving Professional
  • Shark Cage Experience
  • (1) Scuba Dive
  • Four SSI Ecology Specialties (Fish ID, Sea Turtle, Shark and Ray/Manta Ray Ecology) SIGN UP FOR THE FEBRUARY OR MARCH ECO COURSE AND RECEIVE THE MARINE ECOLOGY DIGITAL MANUAL AND SPECIALTY FOR FREE!! 
  • 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
    VERY IMPORTANT
  • 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
$395
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.
E-KIT ONLY
$75
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


CANCELLATION AND TRANSFER POLICY
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.