Gain an appreciation for the complex nature of underwater life with the Coral Reef Conservation Specialty!

Divers and non-divers of all ages can earn this PADI AWARE certification.  All you need is an interest in the ocean.

When we scuba dive or snorkel, we immerse ourselves in a lively underwater world.  Colorful reefs flourish with marine life that we enjoy and admire. 

Schools of grunt blanket the reef, moving in unison as we drift overhead.  Cleaner shrimp dance in anemones and bounce through the gills of fish, scrubbing them of parasites.  Lobsters and crabs take cover beneath barrel sponges, their antennae or claws the only things visible.

Without a certain animal not mentioned above, none of this brilliant life would be possible.  Any guesses on what it could be?

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If you guessed coral, you are right!  You might be surprised to learn coral is in fact an animal, not a plant or rock. 

That’s right, coral is comprised of thousands of tiny organisms called polyps.  Through their circle of life, polyps become the foundation for the beautiful coral reefs we’re able to drift over.

With the Coral Reef Conservation Specialty, learn more about coral and what makes it so important and special. 

One of the many great things about this specialty is you do not need to be a scuba diver to sign up.  There are no age requirements or diving certifications required!  All you need is a curiosity to soak up information about marine life.


coral reef conservation specialty

In an online session, learn and discuss the following:

  • The complex and interesting nature of life on a reef.
  • How coral reefs function and operate.
  • Why coral reefs are vital to our ecosystem.
  • Why many coral reefs are in danger.
  • What you can do to make a difference and help prevent further decline.
  • How PADI AWARE brings divers and ocean enthusiasts together to make a difference.


Not scuba certified yet?  The Coral Reef Conservation Specialty is an excellent way to learn about the underwater world.  Gain an appreciation for coral reefs and fuel your passion for the ocean.  This class is the perfect precursor to your Discover Scuba Dive, Open Water Course, or a Snorkel Tour at the Blue Heron Bridge.

Already scuba certified?  This specialty counts as one of the five specialties needed to win the Master Scuba Diver Challenge or earn your Master Scuba Diver rating.

Learn even more by uncovering Secrets of Coral Reefs.  Sign up for the class to learn fascinating facts about coral.  Then, go on our reef dives to get a closer look at coral in its natural environment.


Whether you are a diver or not, protect coral reefs by learning as much as you can about them. Earn your certification with the PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty.

Contact us at or call (561) 840-8750 for more information.