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SSI Marine Ecology Specialty



Join New Zealand Diving on an SSI open water course. Did you know that our Planet Earth’s surface is covered by over 70% of water? Our oceans and water systems that include lakes and rivers controlling our climates and temperatures, move weather patterns and supports living organisms is still unexplored territory with 95% of it unseen by the eyes of humans. You may have gone swimming in the ocean or snorkeled over a reef. but now, it is time to take it one step further.

If you are interested in marine ecology, then its 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 SSI Marine Ecology courses are available to buy individually or as bundle offers of 3 & 5


Did you know there is a pearl fish that lives up the cloaca of a sea cucumber?

If you find this information fascinating then this specialty program is for you. You will create a general understanding of marine ecology delving into concepts such as species interaction with each other and their environment

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

Course Description

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


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.



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


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 at our diving shop or our online shop.


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  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • SSI Marine Ecology Course
  • Online Study
  • See Price Bundles


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