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Project AWARE Courses

Project AWARE’s two PADI Distinctive Specialty courses help divers lead action on marine debris prevention and shark and ray protection. 

The AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty

Love sharks? Scared of sharks? Or do you just want to know more about them? Enroll in an AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty course and discover the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies. You’ll learn more about the causes of declining shark populations, and the actions you can take to become an informed and passionate shark defender. Dispel misconceptions, speak up and act to protect sharks. Sharks need you!

The Dive Against Debris™ Distinctive Specialty

Do you want to learn how to make a difference on every dive you take but not sure where to begin? Gain the knowledge and skills to activate your inner citizen scientist and complete regular Dive Against Debris™ surveys under the guidance of a PADI Professional by taking the Dive Against Debris Specialty.

Your SCUBA certification card

2016 PADI Project AWARE Limited Edition Cards

From the moment you put on a mask and take your first breath underwater you become a steward and ambassador for our ocean planet.

There are so many significant problems facing mankind, but as divers this is truly our cause. If scuba divers do not take an active role in preserving the aquatic realm, who will?
- John Cronin, PADI Co-founder

Whether you’re just starting your ocean adventures or you’ve been diving for years, you can show your support for ocean protection with a limited edition PADI certification card that supports Project AWARE. Ocean protection requires “all hands on deck”. Invest in our ocean future by supporting Project AWARE with your scuba certification.

Ask your PADI Instructor for more information or replace your card online

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Calling all PADI® Pros: ReMember Ocean Protection
Support ocean protection with your PADI® Member Renewal to receive the new limited edition Project AWARE silky shark mask strap pad as a special thank you.

From the My Ocean Community

My Ocean is a growing community of conservation leaders. Together, our actions add up to global impact for our ocean planet.