What is the Whale Defender course?
You can take PADI conservation courses on whale sharks, coral, sea turtles, you name it, but until now, there haven’t been any courses focusing on one of the greatest contributors to our ocean ecosystems: Whales! Jay Clue, founder of Dive Ninjas and passionate conservationist, developed this course with the help and support of Mario A Escalera, a specialist in marine mammal research and Maria Laura Marcias, a marine scientist and science communicator. This whale conservation specialty was created as a way to introduce both divers and non-divers to whale conservation. By introducing students to whale biology & evolution, as well as the value of whales to both marine ecosystems and economies, the threats whale populations are facing, and current whale conservation management strategies, we hope to inspire a community of informed and passionate whale defenders who take action to help protect whales. Whether you have experienced whales in the wild, or hope to one day, this course is for everyone of all ages, divers and non divers alike, and no previous experience required. Upon completion of the classroom session, knowledge review, & whale defender action plan with our experienced instructors, you will receive the PADI Whale Defender: Whale Conservation Specialty certification.