Environment Specialty Programs

Training that focuses on your safety

Become an Ecology Specialty diver

If you are a budding underwater naturalist, join our Ecology specialty programs!

They are the perfect way to enhance your dive experience by learning about different marine life, how ocean ecosystems function and how to dive safely with sharks, rays and more. Whatever your passion, we have a specialty for you!

Any snorkeler aged 10 upwards can join these SSI Ecology courses, open water sessions are optional, and they can all be completed online – making them perfect for all to enjoy. Start now!

Please check out our Shark Ecology Program which includes diving with the sharks at the Denver Aquarium!

Coral Identification

This program teaches the skills and concepts required to recognize and identify common families of coral species, and explains their role in the ocean’s ecosystems

Fish Identification

This program teaches the skills and concepts required to recognize and identify common families of Caribbean, Indo-Pacific, and Red Sea reef fish…

Manta & Ray Ecology

This program teaches you how to classify, identify, and interact with various species of rays…

Marine Ecology

This program provides a general understanding of the complex and exciting study of marine ecosystems.…

Marine Invertebrate Ecology

Dive into the wonders of marine invertebrates with our new SSI ecology specialty — Marine Invertebrate Ecology. This captivating series covers topics like…

Marine Mammal Ecology

Do you have a passion to save the ocean and the marine animals that call it their home?

Does the thought…

Sea Turtle Ecology

This program teaches the skills and concepts required to recognize and identify common species of sea turtles, and explains their role in the ocean’s ecosystems..…

Shark Ecology

Learn how nature’s most feared predator is actually a beautiful animal that deserves our respect and protection.…