Join Indepth Dive Centre on Phuket for the best PADI Fish ID Course Thailand has to offer


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 Identification 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 underwater world. Now the dive sites and marine life you encounter take on a new dimension as you understand what you are seeing. The PADI Fish Identification Course will also familiarize you with the role Project AWARE. Project AWARE plays a huge role in preserving the aquatic environment. In addition, Project AWARE also provides you with loads of information and methods 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 than Phuket at 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: your chance to learn about what all the amazing things you are looking at are!

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

During the course we will look at:

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

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

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 curse 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

Now, as you will learn on your PADI Fish ID Course, Angelfish are by contrast, usually darker in colour. And have longer dorsal fins and have rounded foreheads. As such, 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 course dives, you will also identify the specific species. All this data you record on a slate, including abundance and habitat information. When possible drawing diagrams, or even better taking photos, helps massively. Especially after the dive when you try to describe the characteristics of an unfamiliar fish. Thus the techniques you will learn can help you to attempt to determine their identities after the dive.

For your PADI Fish Identification Course: Fish slates, blank slates and Digital Underwater Cameras are all excellent tools for these activities ...

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

So, during your PADI Fish ID Course you have been learning how to recognise different Fish families, groups, classes. This was as well as learning 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. Once you have finished this course, why not learn about the different types of coral by looking at the AWARE Coral Reef Conservationist course? And additionally, as you have studied fish survey techniques, after your Fish ID Course you might also want to work on a conservation project ?

Also you will no doubt find, if you are a new diver for example, that courses like the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy are extremely useful. This PADI course will help in improving your scuba diving skills, with a focus obviously on your 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. But also expand your knowledge of different diving environments. These are environments like Wrecks, diving in currents (Drift Diving) where you will find all kinds of different marine life to identify!

Also the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course is a fantastic course to combine with the Fish ID Course. This allows you to document and capture images of the species you’re encountering ...

PADI Fish Identification Pricing Options

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!
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.
Not included: Hotel transfers from other areas on Phuket please contact us for supplement details