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LIONFISH REMOVAL SPECIALIST Help control an invasive species

The Lionfish Removal Specialist Course with OLYMPUS DIVE CENTER

Invasive Lionfish

Native to the Pacific Ocean, lionfish are progressively invading the north-western Atlantic and the Caribbean, where they have no natural predators. Learn what action is needed to control the lionfish population and, during two scuba dives, learn practical ways to safely and humanely capture and euthanize these fish.

What You Learn

  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Lionfish and more
  • Proper Spearing & Netting Techniques
  • Cleaning & Preparing Lionfish for Consumption


To take this course, you must be:

  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization) with a minimum of 30 logged dives.
  • A PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • At least 18 years old
  • Experienced with offshore dives on North Carolina's deeper shipwrecks (depths greater than 70 feet)

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba gear including your dive computer, a lionfish spear, lionfish containment systems, and other specialty gear.

The Learning Materials You Need

REEF's Lionfish Awareness Guide and the Lionfish Cookbook.

Your course price includes

  • Instruction, books, and materials
  • Certification Fees

Price: $220/person

  • Class size is limited to 2 students
  • Weekend or weekday scheduling formats, year around

  *Students must provide their own personal items including mask, fins, snorkel, booties, gloves, spear, regulator, BCD, and tanks. We have rentals available for the regulator, BCD, dive computer, wetsuit, and tanks.

*Boat dives are required for an additional fee. If you book this course On-line you will be contacted by our staff to reserve the appropriate dive trip(s).

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