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

The non-diving SSI Shark Ecology program gives you the concepts and principles to better understand sharks youu can see while SCUBA diving. Improving your understanding of sharks 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 shark ecology concepts learned, Corales de Paz encourages you to perform, at any of our field programs, optional special in-water skills and exercises like identifying quick changes in behavior. 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 sharks and differentiate them from common fishes,  identify where you are most likely to find a shark, and state the four suborders of the batoidea and give a brief description of each of their characteristics.

Summarize the historic and cultural views humans have regarding sharks

Recognize the important role sharks play in the marine ecosystem.

Describe what are the threats facing sharks, 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 sharks, list characteristics of sharks that citizen science can study, and identify alternative ways to help the global shark populations.

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

SSI Shark Ecology digital kit.
2 hour interactive classroom session, with quiz at the end. Scheduled every three weeks at 17:00, although it can be adapted to your needs.
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, Self-Taught, Full

The SSI Shark 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 Shark 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 Shark 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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