Professional Association of Diving Instructors
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Aware Shark Conservation
(Distinctive Specialty)

Why Aware Shark Conservation?

The goals of the AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course are to inform students of the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies, to educate them about the causes of declining shark populations, to build an understanding of what is missing in current shark fisheries management, to dispel misperceptions that may block them from taking action, and to inspire them to help sharks by taking action. To qualify for certification student divers must gain knowledge by attending classroom presentations or through independent study using the AWARE Shark Conservation Study Guide, complete the Knowledge Review and complete required performance requirements for AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Open Water Dives One and Two.

What do I need to start?

  • Certified as a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or have proof of entry-level scuba certification with a minimum of four open water training dives.
  • At least 12 years of age.

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