We Surpassed 2 Million!
Together, the global AWARE Dive Against Debris community has now removed over 2 million pieces of marine debris from the waters we love around the world, fueling pioneering and critical research for a healthier future.
Will you join us and help protect marine life?
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
Create Change. Become an Ocean Torchbearer.
Over the next 10-years, the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action will work to:
Rid the oceans of marine debris
Reduce marine debris by 50% in targeted countries through partnerships and PADI AWARE's Grant Program.
Reduce and offset the carbon footprint of the diving industry
Achieve carbon neutrality across the PADI organization and fund seagrass habitats to offset carbon.
Protect endangered and vulnerable marine species
Protect 20 vulnerable shark and ray species by deploying in-country conservation campaigns.
Accelerate coral reef recovery and restoration
Restore 5% of coral reef habitats through citizen science programs and project funding.
Multiply the number of Marine Protected Areas
Protect 30% of the ocean through partner collaboration and expansion of Adopt a Dive Site.
Local Action. Global Impact.
A global charity driving local action for global ocean conservation. We build and deploy conservation programs for Torchbearers to take action with fins on and fins off. We work to link those actions to policy change – advancing our conservation strategy for a return to a clean, healthy ocean.
Thanks to our donors, AWARE has protected over two dozen shark and ray species, driven over 222,000 conservation actions, removed 2 million pieces of marine debris and advanced groundbreaking citizen science.
How We're Protecting the Ocean
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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All of our work is made possible by generous donors like you.
PADI Pillars of Change
PADI empowers divers to become ocean stewards by supporting critical social and environmental efforts.