Goliath Grouper Awareness Course

  • Did you know that the waters off the Treasure Coast are the only known spawning site for goliath groupers along the Atlantic coast? Jupiter Dive Center is proud to offer an exclusive Goliath Grouper Specialty course where you will learn all about these amazing behemoths of the ocean. Let us introduce you to Gary the Goliath, our resident grouper!
  • The Fun Part
  • You hear them first—a distinctive bark that reverberates throughout your body. Then they come into view and you can hardly believe your eyes as you gaze upon an aggregation of goliath groupers. The offshore reefs of Jupiter, Florida host a year-round population of goliath groupers. In late summer, these protected species gather to spawn. During peak season, you can expect to see sixty or more of these gentle giants congregated along the Jupiter Wreck Trek.
  • What to Expect
  • This course starts in the classroom, where students will learn about goliath grouper identification, habitat, range, diet, and role in the marine ecosystem. Following the presentation, the students will participate in two guided dives where divers will focus on putting their newfound knowledge to use. Divers who complete both the classroom and dives will receive a Goliath Grouper Specialty certification.
  • What Do You Need? 
  • All Jupiter Dive Center charters are drift dives and each diver must have their own surface marker buoy and a timing device. Enriched Air certification is recommended, but not required.
  • The Nitty-Gritty 
    • This course is available throughout the year.
    • Students meet at Jupiter Dive Center at 9:00 a.m.
    • Divers must present their scuba diving certification card at check-in.
    • All divers must have a surface marker buoy and timing device.
    • Cost is $279 per diver for materials, instruction, a 2-tank charter, and certification.