ECOLOGY PROGRAMS

FOR REAL
OCEAN LOVERS

Diving &
Ecology

To take care of the Ocean requires an understanding of its components and the key role that it plays in our planet’s health. Marine life and a healty Ocean are essential for the well-being of our planet.

If you are thinking about taking a further step in to a better undersanding of our Oceans, take a look to our Ecology Programs.

These are some of the programs available to you:

Let’s dive into the details!


Coral Identification

Coral reefs are the building blocks of many ocean ecosystems and are the producers of half of the Easrth’s oxygen and absorb nearly one third of the carbon dioxide generated by human activity.

This program teaches you the skills and concepts required to recognize and identify common families of coral species.

Facts & Requirements

  • Minimum age: 10
  • Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver if in-water Training is included
  • Academic Sessions: 1
  • Water Training: Optional
  • Total Program Length: Optional
Coral ID Ecology Program

You will earn the SSI Coral Identification Specialty certification after completing this program.

Join now and start learning today.


Fish Identification

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.

Facts & Requirements

  • Minimum age: 10
  • Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver if in-water Training is included
  • Academic Sessions: 1
  • Water Training: Optional
  • Total Program Length: Optional
Fish Identification Course

You will earn the SSI Fish Identification Specialty certification after completing this program

Join now and start learning today!


Sea Turtle Ecology

This program teaches you the skills and concepts required to recognize and identify common species of sea turtles, describes their history and role in marine ecosystems, and threats to their survival.

Facts & Requirements

  • Minimum age: 10
  • Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver if in-water Training is included
  • Academic Sessions: 1
  • Water Training: Optional
  • Total Program Length: Optional
Sea Turtle Ecology

You will earn the SSI Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty certification after completing this program.

Join now and start learning today!


Shark Ecology

Many humans fear sharks, but is that reputation deserved? By taking the SSI Shark Ecology program, you will learn how sharks and their behavior are often misunderstood, and how you can safely observe them in their natural habitat.

Facts & Requirements

  • Minimum age: 10
  • Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver if in-water training is included
  • Academic Sessions: 1
  • Water Training: Optional
  • Total Program Length: Optional
shark ecology program

You will earn the SSI Shark Ecology Specialty certification after completing this program.

Join now and start exploring deeper.


Manta & Ray Ecology

This program teaches you about the amazing variety of rays you can find in our oceans, how to recognize ray species by their unique physical characteristics and behaviors, and the vital role rays play in our ocean’s ecosystems. You will learn how to safely interact with rays, and why living animals are worth more to our planet.

Facts & Requirements

  • Minimum age: 10
  • Certification Prerequisites: Referal Diver / Basic Freediver
  • Academic Sessions: 1
  • Water Training: None
  • Total Program Length: 1 Day
manta and ray ecology

Students who complete this program earn the SSI Manta & Ray Ecology certification.

You have questions? Reach us on WhatsApp, we’ll be happy to help you.


Marine Ecology / UW Naturalist

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.

Facts & Requirements

  • Minimum age: 10
  • Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver if in-water training is included.
  • Academic Sessions: 1
  • Water Training: Optional
  • Total Program Length: Optional
Marine Ecology

You will earn the SSI Marine Ecology Specialty certification after completing this program

You have questions? Reach us on WhatsApp, we’ll be happy to help you.


Blue Oceans

The Blue Oceans programme teaches participants about issues facing our oceans and how their individual contributions can help.

The Blue Oceans programme encourages SSI Training Centres, divers and non divers, to think about environmental challenges, and to take positive actions that benefit the environment.

This program is available for free to everyone and at DPM Diving is a requisit to become an Open Water Diver

It’s divided in 4 Chapters:

  • Coral Reefs
  • Shark Finning
  • Ocean Plastic
  • Marine Protected Areas
Blue Oceans SSI Progrm

You will earn the Blue Oceans recognition card after completing this program.

Join now and become a more conscious diver!

It’s Free!

Blue Oceans Commitment

Environmental Awarness

  • Commit to personally protect the environment
  • Prevent others from causing damage through positive action and motivation
  • Support useful projects and organizations dedicated to marine protection
  • If possible, collect garbage on your dives – but only if doing so does not cause more damage to the environment
  • If possible, cut hanging ropes and collect floating nets and plastics
  • Inform your buddy or the crew on the surface if you were not able to remove the net
  • Never eat shark fins, whale meat, turtle eggs, etc.
  • Report immediately violations of the ban on the use of marine animals as souvenirs

Avoid Garbage

  • Never throw inorganic waste into the sea – Plastics decompose incredibly slowly
  • Minimize the production of garbage: Use reusable coffee mugs and lunch boxes, glass or metal bottles and shopping bags
  • Do not bring unnecessary packaging to the resort
  • Dispose of your waste in as eco-friendly a manner as possible
  • If you smoke, dispose of cigarette butts in the proper receptacle, not on the ground or in the water

Dealing with the Underwater World

  • Only use a swim-through if you can do so without touching anything
  • Don’t swim or snorkel too close to the reef
  • Don’t touch or break corals
  • Use labeled entrances/exits for the water
  • Don’t disturb the sand, since it reduces visibility and smothers corals
  • Don’t hunt or bother animals
  • Don’t touch animals unless properly trained
  • Don’t feed animals
  • Don’t take souvenirs from the sea – broken coral pieces or empty snail shells still serve as useful habitat
  • Only place a reef hook where it will not damage or disturb the reef
  • Do not disturb animals or habitat to improve your photo opportunity

Responsible use of Resources

  • Shower only as long as required to get clean, especially in areas with minimal ability to store/purify water
  • Wash your equipment in the provided container, and only when necessary – often it’s enough to clean equipment thoroughly at the end of the dive trip
  • Turn off the lights when you aren’t using them
  • Use alternative transportation or walk instead of driving
  • Avoid unnecessary waste – food plans and shopping lists help save you money, and prevent purchasing unnecessary food that may go to waste
Not sure where to start?

Drop us a message, we’ll guide you to find the right path on your diving training,
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