An Eagle Ray in Banana Bay on Racha Noi during a PADI Fish ID Course


Do you want to know what that strange fish you are looking at actually is? If so then The PADI Fish ID Course could be just what you want!

The PADI Fish Identification Specialty Diver Course (PADI Fish ID) introduces you to the basics of Fish Identification in a simple and fun course.

On your Indepth PADI Fish ID Course you will see a LOT of different fish species. These are typical of what divers see when they dive Phuket on our local dive sites or other similar tropical waters. The more you know about the fish you see, the more you will enjoy and appreciate the various dive sites and marine life you encounter. The PADI Fish ID Course will also familiarize you with the role Project AWARE. Project AWARE plays a huge role in preserving the aquatic environment and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct fish counts. Consequently this will enable you to collect valid scientific data on the distribution and abundance of fish at the dive sites you visit.

What better place to make PADI Fish ID scuba dives that Shark Point, Anemone Reef or Racha Noi ...

  • Duration: 1 Day 2 Dives + 1 extra for fun!
  • Pre-requisites: Completed Diving Medical
  • Minimum Age: 10 years old
  • Digital/Online Study: Coming soon
  • Availability: Daily
  • Group Size: 4:1
  • Personal Tuition: 1:1 personal tuition is available

PADI Fish ID Course: your chance to learn about what all the amazing things you are looking at actually are!

The PADI Fish ID Specialty Diver course introduces you to The Project AWARE philosophy about protecting worldwide aquatic ecosystems. The PADI Fish ID course teaches you about:

  • Fish Identification Strategy
  • Groups and Characteristics of Fish
  • Fish Surveys
  • Data Collection
  • Reporting Data

On your Indepth PADI Fish ID Course you get to learn about how to classify different fish by Fish Family Groupings and common characteristics of different fish. These will be fish typically found in the Andaman Sea around Phuket. Once you have completed your PADI Fish ID Course you will be able to classify fish. And in turn learn how you can turn your observations of reef fish into valid data for use by scientists.

PADI Fish ID Course: What are Common Characteristics of Fish?

An example of "Common Characteristics" would be say Butterfly fish, Angelfish and Surgeonfish. These fish usually have thin bodies and are oval or disk shaped. In addition these fish generally have bright colours and interesting patterns that add to the beauty of the coral reef areas they typically inhabit. You will learn on your PADI Fish ID Course that Butterfly Fish are usually are round, small bodied and have concave foreheads. Also many Butterfly Fish also have elongated mouths that allow them to pick out tiny invertebrates from crevices.

Common names include: Banded, Foureye, Spotfin, Racoon, Lemon

As you will learn on your PADI Fish ID Course Angelfish are by contract, usually darker in colour, have long dorsal fins and have rounded foreheads. In fact Angel Fish are one of the few fish that eat sponges.

Common names: Queen, Blue, French, Gray, Rock Beauty, Flame, Emperor and Royal.

On your Fish ID dives you will identify fish by placing them in appropriate family groups. Additionally during your PADI Fish ID Course dives also identify the specific species. You will record the sightings on a slate including abundance and habitat information. When possible drawing diagrams, or even better taking photos, and then describing the characteristics of unfamiliar fish. These techniques can help you to attempt to determine their identities after the dive.

PADI Fish ID Course: Fish slates, blank slates and Digital Underwater Cameras are excellent tools for these activities ...

Now you have completed your PADI Fish ID course, what did you learn?

During your PADI Fish ID Course you have been learning how to recognise different Fish families, groups, classes as well as how to record valuable data for research purposes. Therefore hopefully you will now be comfortable with this and you will no doubt be curious to learn more. After the PADI Fish ID Course, why not learn about the different types of coral and check out the AWARE Coral Reef Conservationist course? And additionally as you have studied fish survey techniques, so after your PADI Fish ID Course you might also want to work on a conservation project ?

Also you will no doubt, if you are a PADI Open Water Diver for example, find that courses like the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy an extremely useful tool. This will help in improving your scuba diving skills, especially buoyancy. Another great PADI Course would be the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. Not only will it extend the depths you can dive to and where you will find different fish families and species in, but also expand your knowledge of different environments. These are environments like Wrecks, diving in currents (Drift Diving) where you will find all kinds of different Marine Life to identify!

The PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course is a fantastic course to combine with the PADI Fish ID Course. This is because you will be able to document and capture images of the species you’re encountering ...

PADI Fish Identification Pricing Options

Included: PADI course materials, PADI certification fees, Boat fees, breakfast and lunch on the boat, drinking water, tea, coffee, equipment rental (if needed) and round trip hotel transfer from Patong, Kata, Karon, Chalong to the boat and back.
BOAT - 1 Day 2 Dives + 1 Extra Dive for Fun!7,950 THB
BEACH - 1 Day 2 Dives5,950 THB
Private Course1:1 Tuition+2,000 THB
Fish ID + EANx Combo+3,500 THB
SPECIAL DISCOUNT available for two or more people booking together!
Not included: Hotel transfers from other areas on Phuket please contact us for supplement details