Ocean Health

PADI’s Pillars of Change

Committed to safety through leading-edge diver education, PADI changes lives in deep and meaningful ways, uniting diver voices to speak for those that cannot – the fragile, threatened inhabitants of our oceans. To be the best in the world, we must be the best for the world by protecting the ocean planet we love.

Ocean Health

PADI® is committed to taking action and supporting global efforts to ensure healthy oceans. Under the framework of its Ocean Health Pillar, the PADI organization is forging partnerships with organizations that support the establishment of more marine protected areas (MPAs), the reduction of marine debris and plastic pollution, and the restoration and recovery of coral reefs.

Partners in Conservation

Project AWARE®

For more than 25 years, PADI has partnered with Project AWARE to mobilize divers across the globe to protect underwater environments. Focusing on the critical issues of shark and ray protection 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

Get involved and improve ocean health with Project AWARE.

  • Make every dive a Dive Against Debris®. Remove marine debris from the ocean and report data on the types, quantities and locations of materials collected to help inform policy change. Download the Dive Against Debris App before your next dive!
  • Take the AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty course. Gain insight into the impact marine debris has on ocean health and how you can use your dives to be part of the solution.

PADI Professionals are in a unique position to make a significant, positive impact on the health of the ocean. Share your passion using Project AWARE’s programs designed for leaders in the dive community.

Learn more at projectaware.org.

Green Fins

PADI and Reef-World joined forces to promote sustainable diving practices for the protection of the marine environment. This partnership will raise awareness and deliver tools to implement the Green Fins standard of best practice at PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of coral reefs, recreational scuba diving and local livelihoods.

Green Fins is the only internationally recognized environmental standard for dive and snorkel operators, established through a partnership between UN Environment and The Reef World Foundation. Green Fins uses a unique and proven three-pronged approach; green certifications of dive centers, strengthening regulations and environmental education for dive staff, divers and government.

With PADI’s support and more dive operators worldwide adhering to the best practices outlined by Green Fins, the dive industry can play a significant role in creating a more sustainable future.

Mission Blue

PADI has forged an alliance with Mission Blue with the goal to increase the level of protection of the ocean. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. At the heart of this effort is a global campaign to build public support for the protection of Hope Spots — special places that are vital to the health of the ocean. They are about recognizing, empowering and supporting individuals and communities around the world in their efforts to protect the ocean.

Connecting PADI Divers and Professionals with the Hope Spots program provides actionable opportunities to have a lasting impact on the future of our blue planet. If governments, civilian organizations and communities work together to formally protect Hope Spots, these special marine environments can become the seeds of tomorrow’s healthy ocean.

Learn more at mission-blue.org.


Making Waves

With 6,400 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, 133,000 PADI Professionals and nearly 25 million divers around the world, the PADI network is a force for good with tremendous human potential to make an impact on critical social and environmental issues. PADI is dedicated to bringing the conversation to the forefront, and inspire actions that lead to a stronger global dive community and healthier ocean planet.


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Learn more about PADI’s other Pillars of Change