Pillars of Change

A force for Good

 

PADI PILLARS OF CHANGE

 

Throughout its deep history, PADI has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to environmental conservation through its course offerings and alignment with organizations, such as the Project AWARE® Foundation, to protect and preserve our ocean planet.

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. Over time, this commitment has become an integral part of the PADI corporate ethos. To be the best in the world, we all must be the best for the world by protecting the ocean planet we love.

 

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Diving towards a healthier planet.

Throughout its deep history, PADI has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to environmental conservation through its course offerings and alignment with organizations, such as the Project AWARE® Foundation. PADI's conservation focused courses are designed to foster a sustainability mindset in every diver, helping to increase the number of ocean stewards around the globe.

Project AWARE Specialty

This revised Project AWARE Specialty course, is an introduction to how to be a conservation-minded diver. It focuses and expands on the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet. Through interactive discussions, you’ll learn how you can make a difference for ocean protection every time you dive or travel. A dry, "fins off" course, this specialty is ideal for divers and nondivers alike to gain insight into how decisions above and below the surface impact our water planet.

Dive Against Debris Specialty

Do you want to make a difference on every dive but are not sure where to begin? Gain the knowledge and skills to activate your inner citizen scientist by taking the Dive Against Debris® Specialty. You’ll learn to complete Dive Against Debris surveys under the guidance of a PADI Professional and help keep you your local dive sites healthier by removing trash.

Coral Reef Conservation Diver

Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and productive communities on earth and critical to maintaining a healthy ocean. The PADI Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course educates divers on the complexity of these critical marine ecosystems and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital habitats.

Every week is shark week.

One month after he lost his right leg to a tiger shark, while bodyboarding in Hawai’i, Mike Coots was back in the water. And now, 18 years later, shark advocacy has become Mike’s life mission.

A professional photographer and influential force in the surf community, Mike is committed to changing people’s perceptions about sharks and lobbying for their protection. Although a certified diver before he lost his leg, it’s only been in the last year that Mike realized the best way to save sharks was to get face to face with the same species that took his leg and share that story with others. Through the power of storytelling and his photography, Mike hopes to show people that sharks aren’t the mindless killers portrayed in the media.

You can’t comprehend the real beauty of sharks until you can look into their eyes and witness them in their natural environment.

 Mike Coots, Shark-Bite Survivor, Professional Photographer, PADI Open Water Diver

We Are

Conservation.

Improving the health of our ocean planet.

PADI empowers divers to become ocean stewards by supporting critical social and environmental efforts.