Your Guide to Conservation Action
United together to create ocean change
Local Action. Global Impact.
PADI's community of Ocean Torchbearers is one of the most effective groups for ocean change on the planet. They are in a unique position to report on the key threats facing the marine environment and help make a difference to restore balance between humanity and nature. PADI and PADI AWARE Foundation are committed to uniting ocean advocates around the world through the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action, driving action at the local level that drives global ocean conservation.
Current Ocean Torchbearer Actions & Events
Sign On to Reduce Single Use Plastics
An estimated 14 million tonnes of plastic is added to the ocean every year, making up 80% of marine debris. PADI AWARE Foundation is actively engaged in the development of the Plastics Treaty - a once in a lifetime opportunity to place legally binding limits on the production and wastage of single use plastics at the GLOBAL level. Supporting AWARE will ensure your choice is heard at the policy table.
PADI AWARE Foundation Cards
Each year, environmental charity PADI AWARE Foundation™ releases a limited edition card. Every purchase includes a tax-deductible $10 US donation that funds ocean conservation and marine animal protection. Donations support the Conservation Blueprint – a vision to achieve balance between humanity and ocean.
This year Showcase your dive skills and support ocean conservation with the PADI AWARE certification card design from photographer Stan Moniz. A green sea turtle floats in an oasis of aquamarine off the West Coast of Maui, Hawaii.
Choose a physical card made from recycled plastic, or minimize your carbon footprint with a PADI eCard — delivered digitally via the PADI App. An additional donation for greater environmental impact can be made at checkout.
Ocean Conservation Courses
Understanding the key marine threats is critical to engaging and protecting the oceans. To continue your ocean education, you can enroll in PADI AWRE courses or take a conservation-related Distinctive Specialty at a PADI Dive Center or Resort.
PADI AWARE Specialist
Featuring a hands-on digital PADI eLearning experience, the AWARE Specialist course dismantles the barriers between diving and conservation, making the step towards responsible marine conservation accessible to all. Expand your conservation knowledge with the Ten Tips to Save the Ocean so that you can become a more effective ocean advocate.
Dive Against Debris Course
Become an underwater citizen scientist and keep your favorite dive site debris free. Divers are uniquely positioned to report, remove and use our collective voice to stop marine debris at its source. Your data advances critical marine research and contributes to the largest underwater citizen science database on the planet. Our environmental policy experts work with decision-makers to plan wisely and make the smart choices for the ocean.
Join Our Community of Ocean Torchbearers
Take the Save the Ocean pledge to show your support for ocean conservation. By joining the community, you will learn of upcoming opportunities to create ocean change above and below the surface.