PADI & Partners

PADI – The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest scuba diver training organization, established Project AWARE in 1989. Today Project AWARE Foundation is a separate nonprofit organization that raises its own funds and drives its own mission and goals. But, our partnership with PADI is still extremely important. Not only does PADI support the Foundation with in-kind services and connect us with a network of divers and professionals around the world, it helps Project AWARE raise funds through PADI’s certification card processing system. Find out more about PADI, visit

PADI Professional Members – Our partnership with PADI Professional Members around the world is essential in powering global conservation activities and programs. PADI Pros teach, lead and engage in local conservation. They match business goals with ocean protection initiatives. Project AWARE would not be able to achieve our goals and mission without their support. Visit the Action Zone to learn more about PADI Pros around the world who are supporting Project AWARE programs.

Corporate Partners

Seiko is proud to support Project AWARE’s work to create a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.

Partnerships Against Trash

Global Partnership for Marine Litter

Launched in June of 2012 at Rio+20, the Global Partnership for Marine Litter (GPML) seeks to protect human health and the global environment by reducing marine litter. By working among  partners in government, academia, the public and private sector, Project AWARE contributes to the alliance goal by engaging divers in debris solutions and sharing the information reported through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program  to help reduce its impacts globally. 

Global Ghost Gear Initi ative

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is a cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. As part of the alliance, Project AWARE contributes ghost gear data reported by Dive Against Debris volunteers, helping build evidence of the issue to define best practices and inform policy change. Together, alliance members aim to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals from harm and safeguard human health and livelihoods by working globally and locally to build evidence, defining best practices and informing policies, and catalyzing and replicating solutions.

Seas at Risk Alliance

Seas at Risk Alliance is a European association of non-governmental organizations working to protect and restore the health of the European and Northeast Atlantic seas. As a member, Project AWARE is working alongside other Alliance members to ensure that EU governments take marine litter seriously and commit to adopting the most effective measures to tackle the problem including setting aggressive marine litter reduction targets for all EU States.

Trash Free Seas Alliance

Spearheaded by the Ocean Conservancy, the Trash Free Seas Alliance® unites industry, science and conservation leaders who share a common goal for a healthy ocean free of trash. As a founding member of the Alliance, Project AWARE is working with corporations, economists, waste experts, and other non-governmental organizations to identify ways for communities to profitably gather, separate, sell and store plastic waste and prevent it from entering the ocean.

Memberships & Alliances

IUCN LogoInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Project AWARE is an International Non-government Organization member of IUCN, the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network. IUCN, home of the Red List of Threatened Species, is a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. 

International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) - As an NGO member of ICRI, Project AWARE partners among governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems by implementing relevant international conventions and agreements. Project AWARE’s work with ICRI includes a particular focus on policy work related to the importance of sharks in coral reef environments as well as the establishment of marine protected areas worldwide. 

Protect Our Coral Sea - Protect Our Coral Sea is a joint campaign supported by regional, national and international conservation groups. Project AWARE partners with POCS to establish a large, fully protected marine park in the Coral Sea, Australia, where thriving populations of large ocean fish as well as many endangered marine species still remain.   

Save Our Marine Life - Save Our Marine Life is a collaboration of conservation groups working to establish a network of large marine sanctuaries in Australia's south west. Up to 90 percent of the species found in this region are found nowhere else in the world and Project AWARE partners in the effort to establish a network of large, fully protected marine sanctuaries.

Marine Fish Conservation Network – This network is the largest U.S. coalition dedicated to promoting the long-term sustainability of marine fish, ecosystems and fisheries. Project AWARE, together with many other environmental organizations, commercial and recreational fishing associations, aquariums, and marine science groups, work with policymakers and managers for improved ocean conservation and better fisheries management.

Boomerang Alliance - As a member of the Boomerang Alliance, Project AWARE works with other leading environment groups for zero waste in Australia. The Alliance's main campaign is for a national Container Deposit Scheme to place a value on used drinks containers and encourage recycling. Australians use almost 13 billion drinks containers a year, of which only around 40% are recycled. The remainder are littered or dumped in landfill. Worldwide, similar schemes have reduced the energy, water and raw materials needed to create new containers and created thousands of new jobs, in addition to leading to a cleaner environment.

Shark Alliance – Project AWARE is a steering group member of the Shark Alliance, a global, not-for-profit coalition of non-governmental organizations dedicated to restoring and conserving shark populations by improving shark conservation policies.

CITES4Sharks - As a member of the 2013 CITES CoP16 coalition, Project AWARE worked with shark experts and NGOs to secure CITES listings for shark and ray species at the 16th Conference of Parties in March 2013.CITES Coaliation banner

CoralWatch, University of Queensland – Project AWARE partners with University of Queensland’s CoralWatch, a non-profit research organization, to involve divers in coral health monitoring. The aim of this research project is to provide information to scientists about coral bleaching and climate change worldwide.