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Explore what makes a ray a ray, distinguish how they differ from sharks, locate where they live, discover what they eat, and learn how to identify one ray from the next.  

The non-diving SSI Manta & Ray Ecology program gives you the concepts and principles to better understand manta rays, rays, skates, and other relatives you can see while diving. Improving your understanding of manta and rays with this specialty program will help you build confidence and have a remarkable understanding and identifying these remarkable creatures.

Check our Responsible Diving System and discover more programs to gain the knowledge and skills to start helping build resilient coral reefs while diving.

There are no required dives for this program, but in order to master the Manta Ray ecology, concepts learned Corales de Paz encourages you to perform, at any of our field programs, optional special in-water skills and exercises. You can also undertake open water training dives with any active SSI Dive Professional anywhere in the world.

You can start today and complete the Digital Learning materials. These materials are self-paced, and you can complete them anywhere, anytime, once you download them to your SSI MySSI app available in Google Play Store or the Apple Store.

In this e-learning course you will be able to:

Name characteristics that help to identify rays and differentiate them from sharks,  identify where you are most likely to fond a ray, and state the four suborders of the batoidea and give a brief description of each of their characteristics.

Identify unique and identifying characteristics of the stingrays, skates, eagle rays, and mobula rays.

Describe how to identify a cleaning station, manta ray courtship behavior, and explain how to interact safely with a stingray, ray or manta.

Describe what are the threats facing manta rays, their economic value, the conservation strategies to reduce threats, and the potential positive and negative impacts of ecotourism.

Explain considerations when booking a tour to see rays, list characteristics of rays that citizen science can study, and identify alternative ways to help the global ray populations.

ISSI - Scuba Schools International - - Register Nowncluded in the Full option is:

SSI Manta & Ray Ecology digital kit.
2 hour interactive classroom session, with quiz at the end. Scheduled  every three weeks at 19:00.
Digital SSI certification card.

You have three options to take this program:

  1. Webinar Only: Choose to participate in the webinar only; it does not include materials nor certification.
  2. Self-taught: Choose to take the SSI materials only for self-learning and certification.
  3. Full: Choose to take the webinar, SSI materials, and certification.

Corales de Paz is a registered dive school with SSIRegister today in this course, log in, affiliate to Corales de Paz – Buceo con Propósito – 757004 as your SSI Training Center, and start learning online with the SSI e-learning platform from your phone or laptop. 

Additional information

Learning OptionsWebinar Only, E-learning, Full

The SSI Manta Ray Ecology course is part of our Responsible Diving System!

Responsible Diving System for responible reef use Corales de Paz believes that there are three distinct components for creating a snorkeling and diving industry that has a net positive environmental impact. The three components are knowledge, skills, and behavior, and together form the Corales de Paz Responsible Diving System which helps you ensure that you always put more than what you take from coral reefs.

A reef user like you, (e.g. beachgoer, snorkeler or diver) must have a proper foundation of knowledge to understand how coral reefs function, and their strong connection with humans, to be aware of the impact you are causing to coral reefs. Practical training offers you the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to measure and reduce the impact caused on coral reefs

The SSI Manta Ray Ecology course is a specialty program part of our Coral Reef Ecology II group of specialty programs that lets you advanced your knowledge for coral reef monitoring, including marine megafauna. Check your progression in our  Meaningful Diving Universe, a group of courses and training we believe provide important knowledge and skills for ocean lovers and reef users like you to actively engage in building coral reef resilience.

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The SSI Manta Ray Ecology program is also a requirement to obtain your free Master Coral Reef Diver commitment recognition rating from Corales de Paz.

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