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Project AWARE mobilizes the world’s divers into a global force to protect our ocean planet

Divers Preparing for Marine Debris Survey

Focusing on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 182 countries to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.

History & Achievements

Originally formed in 1989 as an environmental initiative by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Project AWARE existed to increase environmental awareness through diver education. 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.


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 scuba divers 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.

2016 Annual Report I 2015 Year in Review I 2015 Financial Report2014 Year In Review & Financial Report I 2013 Annual Report I 2012 Annual Report I 2011 Annual Report

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


Project AWARE partners with individuals, governments, NGOs and businesses to work towards solutions to the global marine debris crisis and help protect vulnerable shark and ray species. Click here to learn more about our partnerships and alliances.

Media Center

Read recent press releases, check us out in recent news stories or download our media kit.


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.


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