Anyone interested in shark conservation through identifying species of sharks in your local area, recognizing the value of sharks in the aquatic environment, managing threats to sharks, and removing the barriers to conservation should consider enrolling in this course. You will also learn about actions to protect sharks on both a local and global scale. If you’re at least 12 years old and an Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the AWARE – Shark Conservation course.
During two dives usually completed in one day, you’ll learn unique physical attributes of sharks and their importance to the marine ecosystem, to recognize and mitigate major threats and hazards, to demonstrate appropriate diving practices and behaviors to minimize negative environmental effects, and about Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life.
In preparation for this course you will need to obtain and review the AWARE Shark Conservation Study Guide, Project AWARE Ten Ways a Diver Can Protect the Underwater Environment, and the Guide to Impacts on Sharks resource (all available at the projectaware.org website).
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll want a slate and a shark identification card.