Aquarium Eco Diver Specialty Course

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

Scuba diving opens the door to exploring the magic of the underwater world.  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.

During this four-specialty program you’ll apply information you learn while reading the Shark, Turtle, Fish and Coral 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 combination of two amazing diving environments at the aquarium and exceptional SSI training materials equates to 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 hard and soft coral
  • Note physical differences of coral
  • Identify symbiotic relationships between coral and marine species


  • 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 Identification

Shark Ecology

Coral Identification

Sea 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
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Introductory Course Fee through November – $295

Changing to $320 in December

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  • SSI Diving Professional
  • Shark Cage Experience
  • (1) Scuba Dive
  • Four SSI Ecology Specialties (Coral & Fish ID, Sea Turtle & Shark Ecology)
  • Use of:  Tank, BCD, Regulator, Gauges, Exposure Suit, Gloves and Beanie
  • (1) day aquarium pass (that day)
  • Commemorative T-shirt

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 dives

Eco Diver

SSI Advanced Diver

Once you complete four SSI specialties and digitally log 24 dives you will automatically be sent your digital Level 3/Advanced Diver Recognition card.  There is no charge for this certification recognition.




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.