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Specialty Course

There’s been a steady decline in worldwide sea turtle populations, but there are ways to fight this. Learn basic sea turtle identification, how to record sightings and conservation steps you can take. The course includes two scuba dives or two snorkeling excursions.


As sea turtle season reaches its peak here in South Florida, our reefs are teeming with turtles. Join us this month to earn your PADI Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty certification! You’ll learn about the plight faced by these endangered species. Understand how sea turtles depend on our local ocean habitat, and how you can help sea turtles thrive.


You’ll soon put your new knowledge to use during an afternoon dive! Hop aboard a 2-tank charter to dive alongside your instructor as you identify sea turtles swimming, feeding and resting on our beautiful reefs. The dive charter, weight and tank rentals are included with the price of your class.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the AWARE Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty course. Nondiver- snorkelers may participate in the course but will have different certification and in water requirements. 


The Sea Turtle Awareness Distinctive Specialty course introduces divers and snorkeler to basic sea turtle identification and conversation. The goal of Sea Turtle Awareness course training are: 

  • To familiarize students with the role of Project AWARE in preserving the aquatic enivornment.

  • To introduce sea turtle species common in temperate or tropical waters.

  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify turtle and record sightings.

  • To inform students about decline in sea turtle populations, importance of sea turtles to marine biodiversity and what they can do to reduce the loss of sea turtles worldwide.

Getting Started


The Sea Turtle Awareness Distinctive Specialty. Stop by your local Aqua Hands Instructors to enroll in the course and start learning about the value of Sea Turtle to marine ecosystems and economies.

AWARE Shark Conservation: Service
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