AWARE - Shark Conservation Specialty

AWARE - Shark Conservation Specialty

AWARE - Shark Conservation Specialty

Sharks are crucial to marine ecosystems, yet are in a global decline. During the AWARE – Shark Conservation Specialty you’ll learn about the value of sharks and what is causing the rapid loss of shark populations. During two open water dives, you’ll also look at what makes the ideal shark habitat and if you’re lucky, see these majestic creatures in action!

Sharks are magnificent animals and are crucial for the maintenance of marine ecosystems. Many shark species are in a global decline, with many facing extinction.

During the AWARE – Shark Conservation Specialty course you’ll learn more about the value of sharks and what is causing the rapid loss of shark populations.

Following a Knowledge Development Session led by your PADI instructor you will complete two dives in open water, usually over a single day.  You’ll be able to more closely inspect what makes an ideal shark habitat and if you’re lucky, you’ll see these stunning creatures in action!


Standard Course: £165

Executive Option: additional £50 on the Standard Course fee.

Elite Option: We’ll come to you! For an additional £100 on the Standard Course fee we’ll complete the training at your own facilities.


Min Age: 12 years old

Medically Fit: Complete this Medical Statement and have GP countersign if required.

Ability: You will need to be PADI Open Water Diver (or Junior Open Water Diver) certified to enrol onto this course.

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Knowledge Development 

You will complete the Knowledge Development with your instructor before before the fun bits start. With no course manual yet available, all required materials will be provided by your instructor on the day.

This fun and interactive session will see you learn more about why these creatures are so crucial for marine ecosystems and why they are endangered. You’ll then have chance to put the theory into practice during two open water dives.


Open Water Dives

Usually completed over the course of a day, you’ll enjoy two open water dives where you’ll explore what makes the ideal habitat for sharks. You’ll investigate potential hazards that are present as well as what makes it an ideal location for them.

If you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to observe these majestic creatures as they cruise by too!

We’ll provide everything you need. We pride ourselves on ensuring there are no hidden costs.

We will provide all the basic, as well as any specialised, equipment for diving. Comfort is everything in scuba diving, therefore if you already have your own equipment, we’d encourage you to bring it along to keep you warm and comfortable while you dive (hopefully with sharks!).

Knowledge Development will be lead by your PADI instructor and completed before you start your two open water dives.

Open Water dives are usually completed over a day, with courses arranged on a regular basis.

While this course can be completed at one of our usual inland sites, the AWARE – Shark Conservation Specialty course is best completed on one of our trips, where we can really dive in potential shark habitats and have a greater chance of enjoying their company.

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule so please give us a call to discuss suitable alternatives.

 On all of our AWARE – Shark Conservation Specialty course options you will receive…

  • Coaching and on-going support from an experienced, passionate and professional PADI Instructor
  • Equipment Orientation (when using specialised equipment)
  • 1 hour (minimum) Knowledge Review (with your NHDC PADI Instructor)
  • 1 hours (minimum) Skills Development (open water dives, duration dependent on location & conditions)
  • FREE rental of all required equipment (including, but not limited to: cylinders & air fills, dive computer, fins, mask, snorkel, drysuit & undersuit, specialist equipment [e.g. surface marker buoy])
  • PADI Certification

Our dives may be completed in UK water, therefore we recommend you use a drysuit and undersuit for greater comfort. If you have no previous drysuit experience, we will arrange a pool based orientation session for an additional £40 before your day in Open Water so you are fully prepared and confident to jump in.

Please note, our course fees covers equipment rental, PADI Certification fees etc, but do not cover entry fees to open water dive sites or trip fees. These vary according to location; please ask for further details.


Standard Course

All of the above.

Knowledge Development & Open Water Dives

With no course materials yet available, the Knowledge Development section of the course will be led by your PADI Instructor, who will provide you with all the necessary materials on the day.

This will be followed by two dives, completed in open water usually over a single day. During these dives, you’ll put into practice the things you’ve been learning about.

We offer standard schedules, with a minimum of 1.0 hours spent in the water selecting investyigating potential shark habitats, pontential hazards the dive site may pose and (hopefully) observing these animals in their natural environment.


Standard Course

Complete the AWARE – Shark Conservation Specialty course following our standard schedules on one of our trips or inland dive site.


Executive Option

While ideally suited to being completed on one of our trips, our schedules are designed to offer flexibility. However, if these aren’t convenient, or if you feel you’d benefit from the more personal touch, we can tailor our schedules to a more bespoke timetable.

This executive option allows a 1:1 program, giving you the chance to work with a member of the NHDC team to become a master of diving with sharks.


Elite Option

If you have access to your own facilities, we can come to you! We will work with you to make a truly tailor-made course schedule. When you’re ready, we’ll complete the Knowledge Development and Open Water dives at your own facilities. Choose to join us at our usual open water dive sites, or let us escort you overseas. There’s a whole world of possibilities.


Trip Completion

This course is ideally conducted and completed on one of our trips. Please get in touch with the team to discuss this option and applicable discounts.


Payment Plans

A single £75 deposit will allow us to reserve your place on this course and all required equipment.

Further instalment payments can be made with the final balance paid before the open water dives. Talk to us about instalment payment options.

Let us know you want to join us! Simply send us a Course Booking Form and completed Medical Statement. Once we’ve received your deposit we’ll reserve your course equipment, so you can’t miss out!

Get in touch for our bank account details or to make payment over the phone.

Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the Course Medical Statement (Countersigned by a GP if required). Please note, we will not be able to start any in water activities without one!