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Dive for Coral Reef Conservation

Make your dives count with the Coral WatchDive for Coral Reef Conservation with Project AWARE Foundation

For the first time in history, leading coral scientists warn that coral species are threatened with extinction. They cite climate change and human-induced destruction as causes for loss of corals worldwide. But divers and water enthusiasts in 175 countries and territories are partnering with Project AWARE Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to take action and use their underwater skills to make a difference.

It’s never too late to get involved and dive for coral reef conservation. What can you do?

  • Coral Reef Monitoring - Dive professionals and volunteer dive teams are committed to monitoring coral reefs for signs of bleaching and stress worldwide. The information collected and contributed online is used to answer critical scientific questions about coral reef bleaching and recovery. Search from a list of nearly 1000 registered Project AWARE CoralWatch Operators and volunteer for this vital initiative.

  • Reef Cleanups - Use your underwater skills and be part of the effort to remove harmful debris from reef environments. Project AWARE, in partnership with dive professionals and the Ocean Conservancy, is the underwater coordinator for International Cleanup Day. During this annual event each September and year-round, Project AWARE conducts shoreline and underwater cleanups in more than 110 countries and territories. Volunteer for a cleanup dive and help make underwater environments cleaner and safer while collecting critical data for the cause of marine debris prevention.
  • AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Course - With this course you can become certified in coral reef conservation. You’ll receive an overview of coral reef ecology, problems facing reefs today and practical guidelines for fragile environments.
  • AWARE Diver Tips – While underwater, the best thing you can do to help conserve coral reefs is follow sustainable diving practices. Begin by learning Project AWARE’s Ten Ways a Diver Can Protect the Underwater Environment and 10 Tips for Underwater Photographers.

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