PADI PILLARS OF CHANGE

A catalyst for change.

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.

AWARE Shark Conservation Diver

Love sharks? Scared of sharks? Or do you just want to know more about them? Enroll in an AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Specialty course and discover the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies.

Dive Against Debris®

Do you want to learn how to make a difference on every dive you take but not sure where to begin? Gain the knowledge and skills to activate your inner citizen scientist and complete regular Dive Against Debris surveys under the guidance of a PADI Professional.

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.