PADI AWARE Foundation
Three decades of ocean conservation
Local Action. Global Impact.™
Thanks to the support from our donors, community and partners, we have:
Helped secure international protection policies for over two-dozen vulnerable shark and ray species.
Contributed ground breaking science on marine debris, removing 2 million pieces of trash from the ocean.
Created the largest and quickest growing underwater citizen science movement on the planet.
Educated 1 million divers on the environmental threats facing the ocean and how to take action.
Who We Are
PADI AWARE Foundation is a publicly funded non-profit with three registered charities across the globe. Our mission is to drive local action for global ocean conservation. We advance our mission through citizen science, public policy and community grants. With PADI - the world's leading scuba diver training organization - we drive towards our collective vision to achieve balance between humanity and the ocean.
For over 30 years, PADI and AWARE have built a truly unique voice for the protection of the underwater world. Together, we have set ambitious ocean conservation targets through a shared Blueprint for Ocean Action that commits to actions that combat climate change, help create marine protected areas and protect vulnerable species.
Backed by the power of the PADI® brand and supported by the world’s largest global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts and more than 128,000 professional members worldwide, PADI AWARE Foundation can fully leverage the collective influence of divers and the dive industry to address key threats facing the marine environment.
Conservation Issues & Programs
PADI AWARE programs address the key threats facing the marine environment, advance the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action, support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and engage the PADI Torchbearer Community.
Program Goal: Achieve carbon neutrality across the PADI organization and fund seagrass and mangrove habitats to offset carbon.
Program Goal: Restore 5% of coral reef habitats through citizen science programs and project funding.
Marine Protected Areas
Program Goal: Protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 through partnership collaboration and expansion of Adopt A Dive Site.
PADI Mission Hub Programs
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Green Star Award
The gold standard in dive operator environmental best practice.
Welcome to PADI AWARE
Dear AWARE Supporters,
This World Ocean's Day, we are proud to announce the evolution of Project AWARE to PADI AWARE Foundation. We have found a new home here on PADI.com and will be moving our program information, conservation tools and news over in the months to come. If you can't find something please feel free to contact our community team at [email protected].
We look forward to this next chapter with you.
An Ocean of Gratitude,
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