Shark Conservation Specialty Course
Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems. They maintain a balance in populations of prey species and keep the ocean healthy by removing ill or diseased animals. They are an important resource supporting local economies through fishing and as an attraction to dive tourists.
But sharks are in a global decline. Over fishing has reduced many shark populations around the world to levels that threaten their continued existence. Shark numbers have fallen by more than 80% in many cases, and the continued existence of some species is at immediate risk in some regions.
What you’ll learn
Dive 1 – Adventure Diver Course or Specialty Course
- Identify potential surface and underwater hazards to sharks
- Demonstrate appropriate and responsible diving practices and behaviors to minimize negative environmental effects
Dive 2 – Specialty Course
- Identify at least three different species of sharks
- Describe colorations, swimming characteristics and markings on various sharks
- Learn various behavioral differences between sharks
By the start of the course, a diver must be:
- Certified as a (Junior) Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
- At least 12 years.
- Complete the Knowledge Review from the Shark Conservation Study Guide (CLICK HERE)
COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING FORMS
- Medical Statement (PDF)
- Continuing Education Administrative Document (PDF)
- Statement of Understanding (PDF)
- Aquarium Scuba Diving Waiver (PDF)
- Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risks Acknowledgement form
- View the Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risk Video
How long will it take?
• Approximately 3-4 hours (starts at 11am)
Course Fee: $249.00
- One (Adventure Dive) or Two (Specialty Dives)
- All SCUBA equipment
- Either a Specialty Certification Card and digital photo or credited toward the Adventure Diver Certification, when completed with our Aquarium Adventure Diver Course
- Shark Conservation Study Guide
- One (1) Aquarium admission (that day)
- Use of a private locker room & showers
- Education materials
- Mask, Fins, Snorkel & Booties (these may be rented in advance)
- Swimsuit, towel, personal hygiene items
- Locker for locker room (recommended)
Note: Due to concerns about exhibit contamination and animal safety, you are only allowed to use your own mask, fins and snorkel
Important: Please bring shoes (Keens, flip-flops, water shoes, etc) to wear on the wet deck. Sorry, no bare feet allowed
Sign Up Now
Click to see the upcoming class schedule and reserve your spot now, or call (303) 789-2450!
Please note: Cancelling less than one week before the starting date will result in a forfeit of your payment.