Create Ocean Change 16 to 24 SEPTEMBER

Dive Into Ocean Action

Take action for the ocean 16-24 September with PADI dive shops around the world. The 6th Annual AWARE Week encourages the global dive community to take part in conservation activities and courses focused on local action for global impact.

This year’s annual celebration is presented in partnership with Blancpain, the founding partner of the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action and the flagship Adopt the Blue™ MPA program.


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New PADI AWARE Specialist Course

Ready to save the ocean? This AWARE Week you can take the new PADI AWARE Specialist Course. Featuring a hands-on digital PADI eLearning experience, and workshops that teach you the new and improved 10 Tips to Save the Ocean. The PADI AWARE Specialist course dismantles the barriers between diving and conservation, making the step towards responsible marine conservation accessible to all.

The PADI AWARE Specialist course can be taken virtually online, or in person. The course also counts toward the elite Master Scuba Diver™  rating – ask your instructor about earning credit! 

Special thank you to Blancpain, the strategic partner of the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action. 

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Find Conservation Events Near You

AWARE Week is a great opportunity to get your fins on and join the Ocean Torchbearer movement. The PADI Conservation Activities Locator, will help you to do just that!

You can explore a growing number of conservation activities and events near you 

Protect Sharks & Rays
Donate To Protect Sharks & Rays

This AWARE Week, consider a donation to help us protect sharks and rays by supporting the build of the Global Shark & Ray Census. Our goal is to help reduce the number of sharks and rays threatened with extinction by 25% by 2030. Over the past 30 years, we have helped secure protections for over 100 shark and ray species.

Donate $40 USD or more from September 1-30, 2023 and get a limited edition 30th Anniversary PADI AWARE Shark Tumbler, made from renewed stainless steel.

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Make Every Dive a Survey Dive

Help keep your favorite dive site free of debris and contribute to the largest global underwater database in the world. We have just passed more than 2,000,000 pieces of trash removed from waters around the world. There has never been a better time to take action.

Your action can be completed in the new PADI AWARE App. (Found on the Apple store or Google Play)
Revised Dive Against Debris Course - Now With eLearning

Through this course, you’ll be able to participate in regular Dive Against Debris surveys and become part of the solution. Contact your local PADI Dive Center and take the Dive Against Debris Specialty.

Become an Ocean Torchbearer

The blue planet is our place to reconnect, decompress and explore an amazing world beneath the waves. PADI is a passionate community of underwater enthusiasts motivated to protect what is worth saving.

When you become a PADI diver, you join the largest community in the world for ocean change. You become an underwater explorer, an ocean steward, an ocean ambassador, and a voice for wildlife rolled into one.

Share Your Story

The collective actions of the PADI AWARE community - big or small - inspire people worldwide to save the ocean. We are ocean optimists. We are ocean change.

Tag @padi and @padiaware in your social media posts and use the following hashtags for a chance to be featured in PADI’s social channels:

#AWAREWeek #AdoptTheBlue #DiveAgainstDebris #LocalActionGlobalImpact  #EveryDiveaSurveyDive

Click on the PADI Torchbearers below to hear their Stories.


Local AWARE Week Events

PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professionals are hosting events all over the world. Join them!