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SSI Fish Identification Speciality


Take the first steps in understanding our oceans

If you are interested in marine ecology like Fish Identification, then it’s time for you to continue your adventure with SSI’s continuing education program. There are six subjects covered by this program, all designed to be interesting & ignite your passion to dive.

  1. Coral Identification
  2. Sea Turtle Ecology
  3. Shark Ecology
  4. Fish Identification
  5. Marine Ecology & Underwater Naturalist
  6. Manta & Ray Ecology

The Marine Ecology courses are available to buy individually or as bundle offers of 3 & 5


Fascinated by identifying what you see?

Complete the Fish ID and earn this internationally recognized certification. With this specialty program, you will learn the skills and concepts needed to identify the common fish families around you.

With an array of specialty dive programs to chose from, here at NZ diving we have selected ones in which we feel will increase your ultimate dive experience, right here on the beautiful NZ coastline. Once certified these specialties will allow you to explore different marine environments around the world.


These ecology courses are available online through the online platform or through the MYSSI app.

An online code will be sent to you once you register via New Zealand Diving.

No practical sessions are required to complete the certification.

If you would like to join our charters as an optional extra, please see the wide range of diving experiences we offer to  put your knowledge to the test.


Course Description

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. You will earn this SSI Specialty certification after completing this program.

Minimum Age: 10
Certification Prerequisites: No diving experience required
Academic Sessions: 1
Suggested duration: 6 – 10 hours

The Diver Diamond methodology

Each of our Specialty Programs is based on our  diver diamond methodology

Diver Diamond is the cornerstone of the educational system. It emphasizes the critical components of a great scuba education program: Proper knowledge, Proper Skills, Proper Equipment, and Proper Experience. The diver diamond is the foundation for the Ultimate Dive Experience.

At SSI, they don’t want you to just learn to dive; they want you to become a diver. Their goal is to make every step of your scuba experience all about your comfort and confidence in the water. SSI professionals work together to make learning come alive with personalized instructions that will put your skills to use in reality-based training scenarios. This unique approach is known as “Comfort through repetition”. By practicing each skill learned throughout each level of training your actions will become conditioned responses – second nature!

Repetition ensures you retain what you have already learned while continuing to learn more. As a result, diving becomes more fun.


Check with New Zealand Diving about the gear you’ll be using during this course. You can find everything you need to dive at our diving shop or our online shop.


SSI provide a range of online ecology courses for you to study at home. Available in bundled packs

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • SSI Fish Identification
  • Online Study
  • See pack offers


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