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Marine Life Appreciation

Marine Life Appreciation


Want to know more about the marine environment you dive in?

This one-day course aims to educate divers about the underwater world, through a series of related lessons and exercises.

Marine Life Appreciation covers the main groupings of marine creatures and the diversity of life within them, the basic science that governs life underwater, current human impact on the oceans, and describes how you can further your knowledge and contribute to marine science and conservation. The course will teach you how to use marine life identification resources effectively and, if you do the optional underwater lesson, some tricks for observing marine life you might otherwise miss.

Entry requirement

This course is open to any BSAC member. 

What you will learn

This course is not a Marine Identification course, instead it aims to provide an accessible overview of the marine environment and the basic science that governs life underwater, including:

  • The main groups of marine creatures
  • Key marine science processes
  • Human impact on the marine environment
  • What you as a diver can do to protect and preserve our marine environment

Learning materials

Your course pack includes all the learning materials you need for this course. The pack includes the Marine Life Appreciation Manual and a Qualification Card application form.

How to do this course….

As a BSAC member you can do the Marine Life Appreciation Course at a BSAC Regional Event or within your own Branch. Not all clubs run their own Marine Life Appreciation Courses, please check with your Diving Officer if you are interested.

If you are not a BSAC member, you can do this course by joining a local BSAC club and training with other club members or through a BSAC Regional Event.

More information on joining BSAC.

Useful links

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Marine Life Appreciation Scuba Article November 2014

Marine Life Appreciation - Read the Scuba Article

The featured article covering the Marine Life Appreciation Course from November 2014