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About Us

Project AWARE® is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers. We connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation.

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Our adventures above and below water, fins on and off, allow us to see what others often don’t - bringing to the surface what’s beneath the waves. We experience first-hand how quickly overfishing and pollution can alter underwater life, irreversibly damaging ecosystems that are critical to marine health.

We take action to create both local and global change for the ocean and the communities who depend on it. Our local actions collectively protect the most vulnerable marine species and decrease pollution. We work together for a clean, healthy ocean – and we have fun doing it!

We believe in a future where the ocean no longer needs protecting.

We exist to connect the passion for ocean adventure with the purpose of marine conservation.

We are a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers.

History & Achievements

Our ocean conservation adventure started as a project – an environmental ethic initiated by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI®) in the late 80’s.  In 1992, with tremendous support from the dive community, Project AWARE Foundation was registered as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the U.S. To engage divers and activists around  the world in conservation, Project AWARE became an established UK charity in 1999 and received formal nonprofit status in Australia in 2002. Click here to learn more about our history.

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Project AWARE brings together a dedicated team of individuals around the world who share a passion for ocean protection. We champion policy change, engage and activate a global volunteer community to fuel our conservation work.

With a deep love and appreciation of our underwater world, our collective goal is to work with you - dive leaders and ocean advocates across the globe –  to become stewards for our ocean planet and secure real and direct environmental victories.

Annual Reports & Financials

A registered nonprofit since 1992, Project AWARE is a respected and trusted authority for ocean enthusiasts the world over. Each and every achievement is made possible by the generous support and direct actions of our supporters across the globe. Through careful financial planning and auditing, Project AWARE ensures that every contribution achieves maximum impact for the ocean.

2017 Annual Report I 2017 Financial Report I 2016 Annual Report I 2016 990 I 2016 Financial Report 2015 Year in Review I 2015 Financial Report I 2015 9902014 Year In Review & Financial Report | 2014 990 I 2013 Annual Report I 2013 990 I 2012 Annual Report I 2011 Annual Report

We are proud to be recognized as a financially accountable, transparent and results-oriented organization. 


We collaborate, co-create and partner with individuals, governments, NGOs, and businesses who share our values and vision for a clean, healthy ocean. Click here to learn more about our partnerships and alliances.


Project AWARE staff working in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia form a united front, tackling specific objectives for global ocean protection. Please check this page for available career opportunities with us.


Still have questions about Project AWARE? Let's get in touch!

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