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Feb. 03/16

The room had been transformed into an undersea fantasy: halls lined in blue and green satin resembled seaweed and salt water while floating balloon fish and jellyfish lanterns bobbed at eye level. The Caribbean Calypso beat “Under the Sea” pulsed as guests entered the space, welcomed by cascading bubbles and underwater video footage projected in grand scale on the walls. Belgian scuba instructor and ocean advocate, Tori Daenen, was celebrating her 40th birthday in style with 60 of her closest friends and family at her side.

Jan. 21/16

“When you’re a diver, you’re going to run across turtles with missing limbs,” Kim Porter shars bluntly. Though at first a bit shocking, Kim’s matter-of-fact statement reflects an unfortunate truth that too many divers know well: marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s incredibly dangerous to ocean animals and their environments.

Jan. 07/16

Scuba instructor Virginie (Giny) Pinto, like so many other dive leaders, loves introducing her students to the thrill of scuba. Nothing makes her happier than sharing the awe and wonder of the undersea experience with new divers – seeing their joy upon taking a first underwater breath, leading them in exploring a healthy and colorful reef or a chance encounter with marine life.

Dec. 23/15

Dene Roth grew up in a small desert community outside Pheonix, Arizona in the United States. But that didn’t matter. From a young age, she was called to the ocean. Her youth was spent daydreaming about turquoise coastlines, a swim in the ocean or chance to dive below the waves. She would wonder about underwater environments and creatures, curious about their activities, interactions and habitats. In high school this curiosity led Dene to become, in her words, obsessed with sharks.

Dec. 10/15

We all have that first diving experience that transforms us. Whether it’s the surreal sensation of blowing your first bubbles underwater, travelling to an exotic locale or a unique encounter with marine life, it’s that initial moment – that connection to nature – that draws us into the world of scuba.

Nov. 24/15

If you knew her growing up, Charlee Shea probably seemed an unlikely shark advocate. She moved to South West Rocks on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia at age 12, but wasn’t exactly the “coastal” type. In fact, she was terrified of the ocean. Susceptible, like so many of us are, to the exaggerated myths of sharks as man-eating predators, Charlee was so mortified that she refused to even enter ocean waters.

Nov. 11/15

Team Tomahawk from Dive Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand is no stranger to Project AWARE's FinathonTM. The team has taken part in Finathons since 2013.

But little did the team know that their actions this year would reach a different kind of fame.

After a series of challenges and fun video compilations to raise awareness on the plight of sharks, Dive Otago received news they would never have imagined possible. 

Oct. 21/15

Project AWARE is excited to announce its newest Dive Against Debris Hero: Tim Latimer!

Tim’s journey into scuba diving wasn’t quite like most. In fact, he never really pursued diving in the first place! When he was in high school, faculty organized a trip to the Bahamas for the students – Tim was dying to go, but there was one small catch: students would be diving on the trip, and it was a requirement for any interested attendees to learn. Though he never had much interest in the sport, Tim reluctantly signed up for a scuba diving course and ended up loving it.

Oct. 01/15

The Our Ocean 2015 international conference in Chile is less than one week away – October 5-6, and Project AWARE divers are taking action, now more than ever, to fight back against marine debris.


Sep. 10/15

In preparation for the Our Ocean 2015 international conference in Chile on October 5-6, US Secretary of State John Kerry has posed the question, “What will you do to protect the ocean?”


Project AWARE’s answer? Taking action against trash through Dive Against Debris. Scuba divers everywhere are taking a stand against the onslaught of marine debris. With our underwater skill set, we’re uniquely positioned to shine light on what we see beneath the waves – the negative impacts of underwater debris on ocean ecosystems and wildlife.