Debris Month of Action

Do you hate underwater trash as much as we do? Plastic bottles strewn across the ocean floor, nets choking coral reefs, discarded fishing line entangling marine creatures... Together, we’re fighting back against marine debris – the ocean’s silent killer. And when we fight for the ocean, we like to fight on scuba. Join us in the battle and dive in this September for Debris Month of Action.

Debris Month of Action

What is Debris Month of Action? It’s you, your best dive buddies, your favorite dive spot and a mesh bag, helping to clean the ocean and telling the world what you’ve found.

Choose Your Adventure this Debris Month of Action:

  1. Join An Event Near You or find a Dive Against Debris Specialty Course: Search the Action Map for dates and locations to dive in.
  2. Organize Your Own Dive Against Debris: Add your dive details here.
  3. Teach the Dive Against Debris Specialty Course: Become qualified with PADI and build up your army of divers.

Don’t Forget To:

  1. Download Tips and Tools: The Dive Against Debris Survey Kit is the place to start. You can also use these digital banners for your outreach.
  2. Report Your Data: Help shine a light on marine debris issues and tackle them at the source. Your debris data will appear on the interactive Dive Against Debris Map.

Sound like fun? It certainly is, but there’s a serious side too. The trash from our everyday lives is smothering fragile reefs, choking marine life and costing local economies a fortune. Last September alone, Dive Against Debris volunteers removed more than 20,000 trash items from underwater environments. That’s a massive amount of rubbish removed in just one month, but we can do more!

Make All Your Dives a Dive Against Debris: It takes consistent, repeat and global action all year to support lasting change. You can join the fight any dive, anytime, anywhere.

Project AWARE’s ultimate goal is to prevent marine debris at the source. This means:

  • Working with dive volunteers year-round: to remove and report trash from underwater environments and identify target areas in need of the most cleanup attention.
  • Partnering with business in designing products with waste prevention in mind.
  • Partnering with waste managers to devise better management infrastructure and solutions.
  • Working with all levels of government toward development and implementation of smart, strong and effective waste management policies and infrastructure necessary for them to be effective.