Adopt A Dive Site
Help protect 30% of the ocean by 2030.
What is Adopt A Dive Site?
Adopt a Dive Site launched in 2016 to encourage scuba diving leaders around the world to engage in ongoing, local protection and monitoring of our underwater playgrounds.
To encourage ownership of local underwater environments, we asked participants to commit to a monthly Dive Against Debris survey at their chosen site. The program was a phenomenal success.
Encouraged by the response from the dive community, the program is now expanding beyond marine debris to tackle additional issues such as vulnerable species protection, habitat preservation and climate change, supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action.
Looking forward, Adopt a Dive Site aims to increase the economic value of scuba diving tourism by continually expanding the responsibility and ownership PADI professionals and dive centers have over their local environments.
448 Adopted Dive Sites
331 Professional Participants
Protect 30% of the ocean through partnerships and expansion of Adopt A Dive Site®.
Key Actions (1) Mobilizing 50% of PADI’s global dive shops to Adopt A Dive Site® by 2023 (2) Enabling the establishment of new Marine Protected Areas in 20 countries by 2026
Monthly Site Surveys
PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals regularly surveying their adopted sites with the support of divers and the local community.
A Global Protected Network
A global network of 10,000 adopted dive sites, supporting new MPAs and protecting 30% of the oceans by 2030.
Join the Network
The revised Adopt A Dive Site program is relaunching and applications for new sign-ups will re-open in the second half of 2021. Stay tuned!
It’s as easy as completing the application form. If you do find yourself struggling to complete this, please contact us.
The choice is yours! We suggest a dive site that you visit regularly and can conduct citizen science surveys on a routine basis.
Yes - there is no limit to the number of dive sites one dive center or PADI professional can adopt. However, please be aware that as part of the joining agreement, you may be called upon for conservation action and underwater citizen science at any time. If you do not think you can carry out these commitments at multiple sites, then please reconsider how many sites you adopt.
Tae Kwon Do practitioner and Adopt A Dive Site champion based in Gyeongsang-bukdo, Korea.
"The dive site I adopted (ADS 126) is a site that holds special meaning to me. It was the first place I ever opened my eyes underwater with a mask and snorkel and fell in love with the underwater world."