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Marine Ecosystems Awareness



Who this course is for:

  • The certified diver looking for more information to about the underwater world and the impact of divers as well as others have on the environment. How we can preserve the underwater world for generations to come

Course prerequisites:

  • SDI Open Water Scuba Diver, SDI Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Marine Eco Systems Awareness Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Physical attributes
    • Temperature and thermoclines
    • Salinity and halocline
    • Dissolved gases
    • Light, as it applies to photosynthesis
    • Nutrient circulation
    • Waves and tides
    • Currents and nutrient cycling
  • Topographical features
  • Marine organisms
    • Plankton
    • Aquatic plants
    • Aquatic animals
    • Specific local animals
    • Aquatic food webs
    • Behavioral changes due to daily cycle
  • Ecosystems
    • Tropical reef
    • Temperate
    • Freshwater
  • Environmentally friendly diving techniques
    • Buoyancy control
    • Kick technique
    • Local considerations
  • Issues facing marine ecosystems
    • Issues of local interest
    • Global habitat destruction and pollution
    • Over fishing
  • Coral bleaching
  • Diver animal interactions
    • Intrusive
    • Non-intrusive
    • Feeding
    • Treating marine life injuries
  • Observation Techniques
    • Grids
    • Passive observation
  • Collection Methods

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

At various sites complete the following:

  • Maintain good buoyancy control
  • Make general observations
    • Location
    • Bottom composition
    • Marine life
    • Special characteristics
    • Indications of human impact
  • Grid observations
    • Make two separate sets of grid observations during each dive
    • Describe all marine life for later identification
    • Record behavior
    • Log Dives
  • Compare and contrast the dive sites
  • Discuss the effect of human impacts
  • Discuss ways to minimize human impact

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

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