PADI AWARE Fish Identification Specialist Course Koh Tao

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Learn to Identify Fish with the PADI Fish ID Specialty Course

One of the most common questions you hear on a dive boat when conducting diving courses, is what is the name of that fish.

Be the diver that is answering that question, rather than asking it by signing up for the PADI AWARE Fish Identification specialty course.

You get so much more out of your diving when you are able to recognize fish, the families they belong to and the characteristics of a species.

Included in the Koh Tao PADI AWARE Fish ID Course

  • 2 Fish ID training dives
  • PADI Certification card
  • Rental of all scuba equipment
  • FREE use of Dive Computer
  • Log book
  • Maximum 4 students per PADI Instructor
  • Black Turtle Dive Customer (and environmental) promise


To enroll on an AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course you must:

  • Be an Open Water diver
  • Have recent diving experience – we recommend completing a scuba review if you have not dived for 12 months
  • 10 years of age or older
  • Medically fit to dive

1 Day Fish Identification Specialty Course on Koh Tao

The course consists of two sections:

  • Knowledge Development – Instructor led knowledge development session and completion of the knowledge review
  • Open Water training – 2 x training dives

At Black Turtle Dive we take our customer promise very seriously. All courses are conducted with a maximum of 4 students per PADI Instructor.

Our Dive Instructors are highly trained and will ensure you receive lots of attention and most importantly, progress at your own pace in a relaxed environment.

During your training we will slowly build your confidence and ability as you develop the skills necessary to become proficient at fish identification.

Koh Tao Fish Identification Course Schedule

The AWARE Fish Identification course schedule at Black Turtle Dive is flexible and we can work around your own personal needs and timeframe.

Please feel free to ask if you have any special requests either via email or on one of the messenger apps on this page. 


AWARE Fish Identification Specialty Course: 5,000 baht

Have you already completed the Fish Identification Adventure dive?

Our 1 dive Fish ID course is priced at 3,500 baht, if you have already completed a Fish ID adventure dive.

Course Schedule:

Day 1:

09.00 – 11.30: Orientation & Knowledge Development
12.30 – 17.00: AWARE Fish Identification training dives 1 & 2  

You are now a certified PADI AWARE Fish Identification diver

AWARE Fish Identification Specialty Course Information

Orientation & Knowledge Development

We start the AWARE Fish Identification specialty course at 09.00 with an Orientation that includes completion of paperwork and the PADI Medical statement.

The AWARE Fish Identification specialty course consists of 2 training dives that we complete in the ocean around Koh Tao.

There is an Instructor led knowledge development and a 10 question open book knowledge review to complete that your specialty instructor will review.

The Instructor led knowledge development is conducted during the morning of day 1. Some of the subjects you will cover include:

  • How many different species of fish exist worldwide
  • Common family groupings used to identify fish on Koh Tao including the 12 commonly used groups
  • Key characteristics that assist in distinguishing between different fish families
  • How many different species of fish exist worldwide
  • What is the roving diver survey technique for identifying fish
  • Planning fish surveys and techniques used


Koh Tao Marine Life & Fish Identification Course

There are 2 AWARE Fish Identification training dives to complete to become an AWARE Fish Identification specialist.

AWARE Fish Identification training dive #1

This will be a nice relaxing dive around the coral reef. You will have your fish slates along with a blank slate so you can take notes.

Your Instructor will bring an underwater camera along to record the fish we see. We can look back at real images and discuss after the dive.

You will be identifying the fish you see and placing them in appropriate family groups and identifying specific species.

Your Instructor will also be asking you to record what you see, including numbers and any additional information about the habitat.  

AWARE Fish Identification training dive #2

The second dive is about planning and conducting a fish survey that will include recording fish families, species, their abundance and habitat information. After the dive you will discuss your findings with your Instructor.

Congratulations. You are now a PADI AWARE Fish Identification Specialist Diver


Frequently Asked Questions

What do you Learn on the PADI Fish Identification Specialty course?

You will learn about different fish groups and their key characteristics. You will learn how to identify fish by placing them in their appropriate family groups.

During your dives, you will record sightings on a slate and will review the most commonly used practices and techniques for identifying fish and doing fish surveys.

How long is the Fish Identification Specialty course for on Koh Tao?

The Fish Identification Specialty course takes 1 day to complete on Koh Tao.

You will meet your dive instructor in the morning to review the theory portion of the course. In the afternoon you go out on the dive boat to put what you learn into practice.

You will typically visit 2 different dive locations around Koh Tao.

What is the cost of the Fish Identification Specialty course on Koh Tao?

The cost of the PADI Fish Identification Specialty is THB 5,000 (2 dives) or THB 3,500 (1 dive).

Included in this price are all course materials, equipment rental (including dive computer), instructor fees, boat trips and insurance.

Food and accommodation are not included. However, you can contact us to find out about accommodation options. We have AC rooms available at discounted rates when taking a diving course with us.

Ex-students will enjoy a 10% discount on the course price.

How many dives is the Fish Identification Specialty course on Koh Tao?

The PADI Fish Identification Specialty course consists of 2 Open Water dives.

If you have completed the Fish Identification Adventure dive as part of the PADI Advanced Open Water course, then this dive credits towards the Specialty certification and you only need to do 1 more dive to become a certified Fish ID Specialty Diver.

In that case the Fish ID specialty course price is THB 3,500 instead of THB 5,000.

Do you get a certificate for the PADI Fish Identification Specialty course?

When completing the course, you gain the Fish Identification Specialty Diver certification.

This certification counts towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, the highest certification and black belt in recreational diving.

You have to be a certified (Junior) Open Water diver and 10 years old to enroll in the specialty course.