Tropical Western Atlantic Fish (TWA; Caribbean & Florida)
California Fishes (includes three sub-courses, geographically divided into Southern California, the Channel Islands, and the Central Coast)
California Invertebrates & Algae
Pacific Northwest Fishes
Pacific Northwest Invertebrates
Tropical Eastern Pacific Fishes (incl. Baja/Sea of Cortez to Galapagos Isl.)
South Pacific Fishes (incl. Fiji, Tonga, French Polynesia, the Line Islands, and the Cook Islands)
Samoan Archipelago Fishes (incl. American Samoa and Samoa)
These instructor-led courses are a great way to introduce divers and snorkelers to the variety of marine life that can be seen during their time in the water. Each module contains a CD-ROM with images with an easy-to-use teaching curriculum to train students in identification and REEF survey methodology. A sample starter kit is also included. Courses are approximately 2-3 hours and cover 50-70 of the most common species for an area.
The CD-ROM is currently only available in PC-compatable. It does work well running under Parallels on a Mac
Students taught by PADI instructors can apply for a fish identification specialty.
In addition to these instructor-led courses, REEF has adapted the popular classroom identification course into a home study DVD package aimed at beginning fishwatchers in the tropical Atlantic. Reef Fish Identification – A Beginning Course teaches the basics of fishwatching, including identification of 50 commonly sighted species found in Florida and the Caribbean. This product is available here.