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Sharks Need Your Help!

This November, help to end unsustainable trade for dozens of shark species. CITES is a United Nations agreement that is binding in 184 countries, and limits the international trade of species at risk, like sharks. 



We Are Ocean Change

Our vision is to achieve balance between humanity and the ocean.

We will do this by rallying millions of Ocean Torchbearers - a global force for good that can be mobilized to restore ocean health and support our coastal communities around the world.

It will take all of us working together, united by our passion and armed with a clear plan of action to turn the dial towards a healthy future for people and planet.



Current Ocean Torchbearer Campaigns

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Goal: Protect Vulnerable Shark & Ray Species
Grow CITES Protected List

"CITES only comes round once every three years, so we must grab this opportunity before these sharks disappear from our favorite spots forever." - Ian Campbell, PADI AWARE Foundation, Associate Director of Policy and Campaigns

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Goal: Make Sustainable Diving the Industry Norm
Green Fins Sustainable Diving

Learn more about our partnership with The Reef World Foundation and help make sustainable diving practices the industry standard. 

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Goal: Restore Blue Carbon Ecosystems
Blue Carbon

Through our partnership with The Ocean Foundation, we help to restore seagrass and mangroves, ecosystems that support millions of marine species. 

Goal: Achieve Marine Debris Reduction
Every Dive a Survey Dive

Join the largest citizen science movement on the planet. Grab your mesh bag, scuba gear and data card to make #EveryDiveaSurveyDive. 



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Create Change. Become an Ocean Torchbearer.

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Over the next 10-years, the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action will work to:







How We're Protecting the Ocean

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Citizen Science and Marine Research

We are the world's largest underwater citizen science movement. Together as a global community, we collect critical data to advance marine research on the key threats to the ocean. 

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We have influence at the policy table, advancing campaigns that support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

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Community Grants

The PADI AWARE Foundation’s™ Mission Hub Community Grant Program provides direct financial resources to community-based projects that address key ocean threats. 



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Donate to AWARE Foundation

All of our work is made possible by generous donors like you.



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PADI Pillars of Change

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