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Action Scuba Montreal Now Offers a Shark Conservation Specialty Scuba Diving Course

Action Scuba have introduced a new scuba diving course in Montreal designed to increase awareness of the need for shark protection and to encourage divers to take an active role in shark conservation.


Montreal, Quebec (October 26, 2011) Action Scuba, Montreal’s scuba diving experts, have become one of the first scuba diving centres in Canada to offer the new AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty certification course.

Although Canada is not normally associated with sharks, Action Scuba regularly offers organised group dive trips to some of the most world’s most popular dive destinations, including the Galapagos Islands and the Bahamas, two areas well known for their shark populations. Spotting sharks is usually a trip highlight for most scuba divers, and is often a reason people become divers in the first place.

Sharks are an apex predator, which means that they play a critical role in managing the planet’s marine population and biodiversity. They help to maintain the health of the oceans and their presence increases tourism revenues for many developing countries.  Due to overfishing and public misconceptions, shark populations are in sharp decline, with many species facing extinction.

The new AWARE Shark Conservation Diver course offered by Action Scuba will educate divers about the risks facing sharks, the impact they have on the world around us, and what actions individuals can take as part of the shark conservation effort. 

The Action Scuba team will offer this course on most of their group dive trips, including upcoming visits to Little Cayman, the Bahamas, the Galapagos and Belize.

The AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty Course can be credited towards the Master Scuba Diver rating, the ultimate goal for most recreational scuba divers.

 “At Action Scuba we appreciate the role that sharks play in the marine ecosystem and we’re saddened by the plight faced by these creatures today,” says Gary Davis, owner of Action Scuba and a PADI Master Instructor who has personally certified over 750 divers. “The only way to bring about real change will be to change people’s attitudes through education, which is something we hope to accomplish with this new course.”

To learn more about this course, visit

About Action Scuba
Action Scuba ( is a PADI 5 star Instructor Development Centre and dive shop located in Pointe Claire, Quebec, which has been serving water-loving Montrealers since 1997. As underwater experts they offer training and certification for all levels of divers, from beginners through to specialist technical divers or dive professionals. Action Scuba carries a large inventory of scuba and snorkeling equipment for purchase and rental at their full service dive shop. They also organize travel to dive destinations around the world and offer regular local diving excursions on their own dive boat.


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