PADI Fish Identification Specialty Instructor course

MSDT • PADI Specialty Instructor course, Koh Tao, Thailand

Course Price: 4,000 THB

One of the most common questions student scuba divers ask their PADI Instructor is ‘what was that fish’. Training to be a PADI Fish Identification Instructor will help you answer this type of question, by increasing your own ability to correctly identify fish underwater. You can also offer the popular Fish Identification Specialty course to your students.

Teaching your students how to recognise what type of fish they see will make it easier for them to find the exact species they have seen after a dive.

For example, a grouper in the Caribbean will have similar shape and characteristics to a grouper in Southeast Asia, but colours and markings may be wildly different.

Know your Fish!

Koh Tao is abundant with a diversity of fish life; from schools of Trevally, Chevron Barracuda & Snapper most commonly seen at the deeper outlying dive sites such as Chumphon Pinnacle to Parrotfish and butterfly fish more often seen on the shallower reefs closer to the island.

Koh Tao has plenty of dive sites, teaming with fish that are ideal for you to conduct this popular PADI Specialty course.

The PADI Fish Identification Specialty course can be scheduled over 1 day.

You will learn how to teach your students to identify characteristics of local fish families and species, fish survey techniques and strategies including habitats and populations as well as educate them about Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life.

The PADI Fish Identification Specialty course focuses on fish families and species found in the local Koh Tao diving environment.

Who can enrol on the PADI Fish Identification Specialty Instructor course?

A renewed PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Note: IDC/OWSI candidates may participate in the PADI Fish Identification Specialty training course but may only apply for Specialty Instructor certification after passing an IE.

Fish Identification Specialty Instructors must have a minimum of 10 fish ID dives prior to certification. This is a course exit requirement and the dives may be completed following the instructor-training course.

What will you learn?

You will participate in the following sessions:

  • Present and be evaluated on a prescriptive presentation from the PADI Fish Identification Specialty course knowledge review
  • PADI Fish Identification Specialty standards, procedures and the curriculum
  • How to organise, conduct and market the PADI Fish Identification Specialty course
  • Open Water training session – where you will learn how to demonstrate, execute and evaluate the student level skills from the PADI Fish Identification Specialty course.

You will complete the open water-training dive on one of the several local dive sites suitable for this training.

As a PADI Fish Identification Instructor you are certified to independently teach the PADI Fish Identification Specialty Course

Course Price: 4,000 THB

PADI Materials:

Please bring the following materials with your PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual. You received these as part of the IDC Crew Pack during your IDC.

In addition you’ll also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual. As of 2010, the Instructor manual is available as a free download for all PADI Members that are renewed from

Course Price: 4,000 THB

PADI Fees  

PADI Fish Identification Specialty Instructor Application fee: A$123

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