Specality Programs

SSI has released a number of new ecology specialty programs which fit in perfectly to our Eco Diver concept. These courses are:

  • Marine Ecology
  • Shark Ecology
  • Sea Turtle Ecology
  • Fish Identification
  • Coral Identification

These ecology specialty programs offer a wealth of knowledge about different aspects of the underwater world. It also includes how to identify fish based on physical appearance and behavior, the life-cycles of sea turtles, the unique reproductive cycle of corals, and how human behaviors impact the marine environment. These programs offer you many interesting facts and information about the fascinating underwater world.

All these ecology specialty programs are available for all certified divers and can be done as an individual specialty or experience for those not interested in doing a complete Eco program package. Below are some details about all our ecology specialty programs.

Ecology Specialty Programs

ecology speciality programs - shark ecology

Shark Ecology

“If the Sharks die, the Sea dies!”

SSI and SHARKPROJECT have decided to actively support the positive image of sharks by founding the SHARK ECOLOGY Program.

Experience the fascination of sharks in an unforgettable way! Divers and non-divers have the chance to find out more about sharks and to learn the correct techniques when meeting sharks.

Dives are optional in this program and therefore it is a perfect “holiday-prep-specialty” before your diving vacation starts. You will be able to apply the knowledge you have gained to future shark dives.

SSI is donating 10% of the income from the SHARK ECOLOGY Specialty Program to shark preservation. As a participant in the program, you are making an active contribution to help secure the survival of sharks.

Course Content:

  • Fearcination Shark
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Diving with Sharks
  • Different types of Sharks

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.

ecology speciality programs - marine ecology

Marine Ecology

Explore the complex and multi-layered web of life found in the ocean’s various ecosystems. Study how organisms interact with each other and their environment, how energy flows through communities, the links between different ocean ecosystems, and how you play a role in the ocean’s changing ecology.

Section 1-Marine ecosystems

You will learn to identify the major ecosystems of the world, be able to understand the factors and processes that leads to different ecosystems and why each ecosystem can have unique and different organisms living in them.

Section 2 – Biodiversity of marine life

In this section you will learn the basic processes of evolution and how they lead to species, learn how to classify marine animals in their respective taxonomic categories.

Section 3- Marine ecology

In this section, you will discover how energy from the sun is converted to matter and why it is energy and ecosystem, in its basic form ecosystems and relationship between species.

Section 4 – Oceanography

Here we look at the physical properties of seawater and explain how these properties affect the oceans, we will also identify patterns in how physical factors acting on water such as wind and the gravity of the moon affect how oceans behave.

Section 5 – Human Impact

This is where we identify the ways in which humans directly and negatively impact the seas and oceans around us. We’ll learn to recognize major global issues facing our oceans health.

Section 6- Management and Conservation

Possibly the most crucial topic of this course, to learn some of the strategies used to reduce our impacts on the oceans and what action you can take, also the issues facing our continual use of the oceans resources and strategies that are used to mitigate and reduce these.

ecology specialty programs - sea turtle ecology


Investigate the lifecycles, unique breeding and nesting habits, and challenges that sea turtles face, and how they are threatened by both natural and anthropogenic (human-caused) impacts.

ecology specialty programs - fish identification


Learn how to classify various species of fish using physical, environmental and behavioral characteristics. This program allows you to investigate the fishes of three distinct regions, the Caribbean, the Indo-Pacific, and the Red Sea.

ecology specialty programs - coral identification


Coral reefs can be seen from space, but are the product of billions of tiny organisms. Learn how corals feed, grow and reproduce, and how to identify various coral species of three distinct regions, the Caribbean, the Indo-Pacific, and the Red Sea.

These programs are available to divers and non-divers alike, and are the perfect opportunity to learn more about the fascinating and beautiful underwater world! The programs are currently only available in English but will be provided in many other languages in the near future.