These programs provide a general understanding of the complex and exciting science of marine ecology and some of our must-see creatures in the sea.
You can choose from
- Marine Ecology
- Fish Identification
- Coral Identification
- Sea Turtle Ecology
- Shark Ecology
- Manta and Ray Ecology
This program provides a general understanding of the complex and exciting science of marine ecology, which is the study of how organisms interact with each other and the environment, the flow of energy through communities, and the link between ocean ecosystems. You will earn the SSI Marine Ecology Specialty certification after completing this program.
The ocean is filled with fascinating and beautiful fish of every shape and size. This non-diving specialty program teaches you the skills and concepts required to identify the common families of Caribbean, Indo-Pacific, and Red Sea reef fish. You will earn the SSI Fish Identification Specialty certification after completing this program.
Coral reefs are the building blocks of many ocean ecosystems. This program teaches you the skills and concepts required to recognise and identify common families of coral species. You will earn the SSI Coral Identification Specialty certification after completing this program.
Sea Turtle Ecology
This program teaches you the skills and concepts required to recognise and identify common species of sea turtles, describes their history and role in marine ecosystems, and threats to their survival. You will earn the SSI Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty certification after completing this program.
Many humans fear sharks, but is that reputation deserved? By taking the SSI Shark Ecology program, you will learn how sharks and their behaviour are often misunderstood, and how you can safely observe them in their natural habitat. You will earn the SSI Shark Ecology Specialty certification after completing this program.
Manta and Ray Ecology
When you think of a ray, what image comes to mind? Is it a southern stingray lurking beneath the pearl white sand, or a majestic spotted eagle ray hovering over a large coral block? Perhaps it’s the grandfather of them all, the giant manta ray, which can measure six meters from fin tip to fin tip and glides through the open ocean like an owl cutting through the silence of an evening chill. In this program, you’ll explore what makes a ray a ray, distinguish how they differ from sharks, locate where they live, discover what they eat.
These specialties have no dives so classroom sessions will be scheduled to suit your calendar. You will receive a digital manual to read and then participate in a classroom session to expand and consolidate that knowledge. On successful completion, you will be issued a certificate of completion and a digital recognition rating (via MySSI App).
As with all Divemaster Scuba Programs
- Certification lasts for life
- Digital materials included for life
- Instructor time is included
- We are committed to your success, if you require more help we are there for you.
Can't choose between them or interested in several of these topics? We also offer an Ecology Course Bundle for all six of the courses at a substantially reduced price!