Marine Ecology

Are you fascinated with the ocean? Do you want to learn more about the incredible ocean environments you’re diving in? With the SSI Marine Ecology Specialty program, you’ll become an underwater naturalist in no time and learn about the exciting science of marine ecology. It’s a great way to enhance your dives and you’ll earn the SSI Marine Ecology Specialty certification.

Facts and Training Standards

Join the SSI Marine Ecology Specialty program. You’ll discover the exciting science of marine ecology and become an underwater naturalist. You’ll learn how ocean organisms interact with each other and their environments, how energy flows through communities and the links between different ocean ecosystems. With your newfound knowledge, you’ll appreciate the marine life you dive with even more. Upon completion of this program, you’ll earn the SSI Marine Ecology Specialty certification.

Minimum Age for Participation 15
Available as Junior Program Yes
Minimum Age (Junior Program) 6
Certification Prerequisites Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Academic Sessions 6
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Open Water Dives Not applicable / mandatory
Maximum Training Depth 30m / 100ft
Suggested Duration of the Training Program 3 - 6 h



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