More than 20 years ago, a group of environmental advocates at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) founded Project AWARE. They were deeply concerned about emerging threats to the underwater world.
For two decades Project AWARE’s mission was to educate divers about emerging ocean issues and encourage participation in underwater conservation activities. More than 1000 dive operators and countless dive volunteers committed to marine protection efforts worldwide.
Today, Project AWARE is doing more. On World Oceans Day, June 8th 2011, Project AWARE flipped the switch on an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect oceans. We support a movement for divers around the world to combine efforts--online and offline--for positive and long-lasting environmental change.
The new Project AWARE is dedicated to supporting YOU, AWARE divers, as ocean protectors. We’ll help you boost your dive plans to protect the ocean with helpful online tools and resources; online petitions that influence global environmental policies; and providing online data collection systems for gathering key data about the state of oceans.
We hope you’ll join Project AWARE and thousands of divers in protecting our ocean--one dive at a time.
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"This Project is Rubbish!" led by the South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) is one of Project AWARE's Ocean Action Projects. Focused on marine debris, the project aims to quantify the accumulation rates, composition and distribution of macro and micro plastics in the Overstrand region of the Western Cape of South Africa. Check out the awesome progress of the project and see what they have found.