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Sep. 03/15

“Please don’t bury your head in the sand, and don’t look the other way.” Project AWARE activist Lucy Dunbar urges her community to take a stand for ocean protection, and her argument is compelling:

Aug. 13/15

Henry Harries-Jones has lived by the ocean since the age of three – fascinated by the expanse of big blue before him, he dreamed of breathing undersea from a young age. So, when the opportunity arose for him to become scuba certified he, like so many others, dove in head first and was instantly hooked.

Jul. 23/15

He was sweating, treading water in Thailand’s choppy seas when the sharks began to circle around him. He had already been swimming for two hours, and exhaustion was beginning to set in. In his situation most would panic, but not Bryan. He was exactly where he wanted to be.

Jul. 16/15

By 2025, as much as 250 million metric tons of plastic could make its way into the ocean, damaging critical habitats and endangering marine life. But, our trash does not belong underwater. That’s why Project AWARE divers around the world are taking a stand, fighting back against marine debris, and working together to develop solutions.

Jul. 08/15

One of television’s biggest events is upon us – Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Whether you love their infamous programming or plan to boycott the drama, one thing is certain – scuba divers are some of shark’s biggest fans.  These vital creatures are critical to marine ecosystems but they’re in danger. The good news is that divers will go to great lengths to protect them. Scuba diver and Project AWARE supporter, Natalie Parrinder, has done just that.


Jun. 26/15

Unbeknownst to many, everyday items like plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles make their way from land to sea. The general public assumption is that if we can’t see the problem, it isn’t there. But for divers, the marine debris issue is never out of sight, out of mind. Around the world, Project AWARE supporters are taking action against the ugly journey of our trash.

Jun. 18/15

“Honey, what do you think about buying a dive shop?” So many of us dream about quitting our day jobs to pursue our passions, but few actually take the leap.

Jun. 12/15

Rob Thompson is first and foremost, a conservationist. Intrigued by the marine world, he works fiercely to protect it.

At just three years old, Rob had his first glimpse under the sea.  While on holiday in Croatia, his parents strapped a mask and snorkel onto his little face and that was that – he was off! He spent the remainder of his vacation submerged, exploring amongst the seaweed, corals and creatures of the underwater world, and has since continued to do so at every opportunity he’s been given.

May. 21/15

She’d always had a keen sense of adventure. She loved to travel, explore and revel in nature’s beauty. During a backpacking trip through Costa Rica, Barbara Joon enrolled in a PADI Open Water Diver course – just for the fun of it. Little did she know, her experience exploring the underwater world that day would change her life forever.

May. 14/15

Divers’ voices play a key role in advocating for the protection of marine wildlife at risk of extinction. This Endangered Species Day, Project AWARE highlights the actions taken by an individual to protect one of the vulnerable creatures of the deep – the awe-inspiring manta rays.