Ecology Programs

Become an SSI 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!

In the SSI Shark Ecology specialty, you will learn how to dive safely with sharks and discover why these charismatic animals are often misunderstood. It is perfect for shark fans!  Delve into the fascinating world of sea turtles with the SSI Sea Turtle Ecology specialty or improve your identification skills with our Coral and Fish Identification specialties. To gain a thorough understanding of the oceans, join the SSI Marine Ecology specialty. You will learn about the exciting science of Marine Ecology and how ocean ecosystems interact.  As the father of Scuba Jacques-Yves Cousteau stated, “we only protect what we love, we only love what we understand, and we only understand what we are taught.”  We fully believe what he said at Dive BVI and that’s why we want to provide quality education to divers and non-divers alike.  We want to replace fear with facts, and show everyone just how important it is to protect our beautiful oceans.


In the SSI Shark Ecology program, you will learn how to interpret shark behaviors, why they are often misunderstood and how dive with sharks. This is a perfect course for shark fans and for divers who are nervous about sharks but want to overcome their fear. Upon completion of this program, you will earn your SSI Shark Ecology Specialty certification and no doubt become an avid shark diver.





The world’s oceans are home to thousands of fish species, and you will encounter plenty of these fascinating creatures on your dives! In this course, you will be taught all the skills and concepts you need to identify common families of Caribbean, Indo-Pacific and Red Sea reef fish. Upon completion, you will earn your SSI Fish Identification specialty certification.





Sea turtles are some of the most wonderful animals to dive with. You will want to dive with them even more after completing the SSI Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty program! This specialty program provides the skills and concepts you need to recognize and identify common sea turtle species. It teaches you about the fascinating history of sea turtles, their role in marine ecosystems and threats to their survival. Upon completion, you will earn the SSI Sea Turtle Ecology Specialty certification.





In the SSI Marine Ecology specialty program, you will learn how ocean organisms interact with each other and their environments. You will be taught how energy flows through communities and the links between different ocean ecosystems. With your newfound knowledge, you will appreciate the marine life you dive with even more! Start online today and earn your SSI Marine Ecology Specialty certification.





Enhance Your Dive Experience with SSI’s Ecology Specialty Programs!

Explore the diversity of marine life with SSI’s Ecology Specialty Programs! Enhance your underwater experiences by learning more about ocean ecosystems, marine life, and proper interaction techniques with sharks, turtles and mantas and more!

Choose from a variety of Specialties that suit your interests. Everybody is welcome to join and snorkelers from 10 years can attend the optional open water sessions. These courses are conveniently designed to take via self study and are available online, so start exploring the world´s oceans today!  Contact us today for more information.

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