PADI Pillars of Change
Reduce the global environmental footprint of the dive industry.
Diving is one of the largest and fastest growing recreational activities in the world.
We recognize that appropriate human use and enjoyment of coastal and marine resources is fundamental to the livelihood of millions of people that live in coastal communities. Recreational diving and dive tourism are essential to the economic livelihoods in many places around the globe. As the largest and most influential company in the dive industry, PADI has the unique opportunity to foster a dive economy that acts responsibly and contributes to the economic value and resilience of local economies.
By educating divers and dive travelers to engage in an ocean conscious lifestyle and enabling dive operators to run environmentally sustainable businesses, we can elevate the dive industry as an example of how to co-exist in harmony with people and planet.
The PADI network includes 128,000 dive professionals and 6,600 PADI Dive Operators in almost every corner of the globe. As we continue to grow and expand, we are committed to reducing our own organizational footprint while improving access to best practice conservation tools and educational resources that can be used by the industry to operate more sustainably and in balance with the ocean.
We believe that the dive supply chain (including dive travel, marine tourism, divers and dive operators) can all help build a more sustainable dive industry by reducing waste, reducing single-use plastic, and reducing and offsetting our carbon footprint. We are committed to building the most sustainable dive industry possible by creating and supporting programs and opportunities that help divers and dive operators reduce their environmental impact.
Since 2018, PADI has worked in partnership with The Reef-World Foundation to realize the potential of the dive community as an example of how a global industry can successfully support people, planet and profit. By reducing the local direct and indirect pressures tourism puts on coral reefs, it helps make corals healthier and more resilient to other stresses such as the effects of climate change.