Create Ocean Change 16 to 24 SEPTEMBER



Advancing the Blueprint for Ocean Action

Welcome to AWARE Week. This year, from 16-24 September, we encourage you to lead, or take part in conservation activities and courses focused on local action for global impact.

PADI, together with the publicly funded global charity PADI AWARE Foundation™, helps provide existing programs – Vulnerable Species Protection, Marine Debris, and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – to the next level, now with the new Dive Against Debris course, upcoming PADI AWARE Specialty Revision, and conservation actions, such as PADI AWARE’s Flagship Program, Adopt The Blue.

This year’s annual celebration is presented in partnership with Blancpain, the founding partner of the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action and the flagship Adopt the Blue™ MPA program.


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Take Action This AWARE Week

The power of PADI AWARE lies in you - passionate local dive professionals and operators with a deep connection to the ocean and a desire to protect the places we love. Here's how you can take local action for global impact, this AWARE Week, and beyond. 

Teaching AWARE Courses in a Classroom
Teach the PADI AWARE Specialist Course

Ready to help others save the ocean? This AWARE Week you can teach the new PADI AWARE Specialty course. Featuring a hands-on digital PADI eLearning experience, and workshops that activate the new and improved 10 Tips to Save the Ocean, the PADI AWARE Specialist course dismantles the barriers between diving and conservation, making the step towards responsible marine conservation accessible to all.

What Is New With The PADI AWARE Specialist Course?

  • Includes PADI eLearning component, revised lesson guides, making it easier than ever to teach.
  • Teach the new 10 Tips to Save the Ocean.
  • New performance requirement, Become an Ocean Torchbearer. Help recruit ocean heroes by signing the Torchbearer Pledge.
  • Non-diving, workshop led course. Can be conducted at your dive shop, on the boat…Anywhere, with anyone! This course can also be conducted online for certification, via two-way video learning.
  • Course counts towards the specialty requirement for PADI Master Scuba Diver.
  • The course will launch in English, and will be available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Simplified Chinese, and Russian later in 2023.

Any PADI Assistant Instructor or higher can now teach the PADI AWARE Specialist course to help educate their students and community about marine conservation. Promote your PADI AWARE Specialist workshops and conservation events and courses on the Conservation Activities Locator and PADI Torchbearer Facebook Group.



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Share Your Conservation Events

Plan Your AWARE Week Event: Explore AWARE Week events, and how you can lead local action for global impact. Learn how you can get involved, and create successful events in the future.

Market Your AWARE Week Event: Learn how to market your AWARE Week event through the Conservation Activities Locator. Get your hands on the AWARE Week Marketing Toolkit, plus a Q&A with PADI's Marketing Executives.




Teach The Dive Against Debris® Specialty

Keep your favorite dive site free of debris and contribute to the largest global underwater database in the world. To achieve our goal of reducing marine debris by 50% in targeted countries by 2030, teach the revised Dive Against Debris® Course. You can now offer the Dive Against Debris Specialty as a digital eLearning to any PADI Junior Open Water Diver, Freediver, or Advanced Mermaid.

What Is New With The Dive Against Debris® Specialty?

  • The course has a PADI eLearning component, revised lesson guides, and supporting materials for both students and instructors.
  • The citizen science component has new upgrades to the PADI AWARE app making submissions more user-friendly.
  • In addition, an actual survey and submission of the survey is a required course component.
  • The course is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Simplified Chinese, and Russian.

Any PADI Dive Center, Resort, or PADI Instructor can now teach this course and conduct a Dive Against Debris® survey to help to tackle marine debris issues head-on. Promote your Dive Against Debris events and courses on the Conservation Activities Locator and PADI Torchbearer Facebook Group



Learn more about Adopt the Blue™, with our Partners Blancpain
Adopt The Blue™ - Protect What You Love

What is Adopt The Blue™? The world’s largest network of underwater sites for ocean conservation, to Dive Centers, Resorts, and Professional Members around the world. This critical network will serve as a driving force for establishing new marine protected areas around the globe. Participants in the program will be called upon to take targeted local action for measurable global impact. This direct approach to local conservation challenges will also create more opportunities for all Ocean Torchbearers to engage in fins-on conservation activities.

Adopt The Blue™ is free and easy to do. Once you apply, the information will be displayed on the global map.

This will include:

  • Site Name
  • GPS Coordinates
  • Type of Ecosystem
  • The Main Conservation Issue at the Site
  • Your Social Media Accounts & Dive Center/PADI Pro Website Information



PADI Eco Centers Taking Action
Become a PADI Eco Center

join the ranks of prestigious environmental stewards, and transform your dive center into an PADI Eco-Center. With this accreditation, you can showcase your dedication to conservation and sustainability, setting yourself apart as a leader in the dive industry.

There are three criteria that a PADI Operators must meet to qualify as a PADI Eco Center:

These requirements were selected to advance the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action, and support the PADI Pillars of Change, designed to integrate the core values of conservation and dive industry sustainability across the entire PADI network. 

  • We recommend operators give themselves at least 12 months to meet the minimum standards required for this designation.

Together, let's dive into a sustainable future and inspire others to follow in your eco-conscious footsteps.



100% AWARE
Become 100% AWARE

100% AWARE is a partner giving program available to all PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals to facilitate conservation support through the PADI certification card process. 

Commit to the 100% AWARE partnership and protect the blue planet with every certification you issue. 

10 Tips to Save the Ocean Marketing Toolkit

Take Action this AWARE Week and compliment your PADI AWARE Specialty class and conservation events with the newly revised 10 Tips to Save the Ocean. You can share social media stories and opportunities that compliments your specific passion to save the ocean. Check your official PADI Pros marketing hub to see more marketing tools to promote your conservation efforts. 





Share Your Story

The PADI AWARE community chooses to be ocean optimists. Together, our actions - big or small - can and do inspire and empower others all over the globe to join our mission to save the ocean. 

Tag @padi and @padiaware on your social media stories and posts and use the following hashtag to tell us your AWARE week stories and be featured in our social media posts and celebratory photo albums!

#AWAREWeek #SaveTheOcean # AdoptTheBlue # DiveAgainstDebris #AWAREImpact #PADIAWARE #LocalActionGlobalImpact #EveryDiveaSurveyDive

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As a PADI Dive Professional, you are already a leader of the Ocean Torchbearer™ Community. By signing yourself and your dive center up to the Ocean Torchbearer database, you are choosing to become a Mission Hub and stay engaged with current conservation actions that you and your divers can take to save the ocean.

Whatever your conservation experience, your leadership counts and you can make a difference. Join us today to magnify the dive community's collective conservation power, and get ready to be called upon to lead action for meaningful change.





Click on any of the PADI Torchbearers below to learn more about their story. 




Host an AWARE Week Event

Add your conservation courses and activities to the Conservation Activities Locator for divers to find and book!