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Our role for the clean OCEANS

#Every Dive a Survey Dive

Data is what enables us, alongside our partners, to advocate for a return to a clean and healthy ocean.

It’s no secret that marine debris is a primary threat facing today's ocean, choking, suffocating, entangling and killing precious marine life and destroying ocean habitats. Although it’s believed that over 70% of marine debris that enters the ocean ends up on the seafloor, little quantitative information is available regarding the types and quantities of this rubbish. Dive Against Debris®, Project AWARE's flagship citizen science program, aims to fill this gap – providing quantitative data, and an accurate perspective about underwater marine debris, that policy-makers simply cannot ignore.


# Dive Against Debris

Don’t let your dives go to waste! Grab your mesh bag, scuba gear and data card to make #EveryDiveaSurveyDive and contribute to the #NextMillion2020 goal! Project AWARE’s flagship citizen-science program, Dive Against Debris®, empowers scuba divers to remove marine debris from the ocean and report data on the types, quantities and locations of materials collected.

Since the program’s launch in 2011, more than 50,000 divers have participated in Dive Against Debris in 114 countries around the world, reporting over 1 million pieces of trash. As the only underwater debris data collection program of its kind, Dive Against Debris both improves the health of ocean ecosystems through localized volunteer efforts and provides valuable information about underwater debris to help inform policy change.

Our next goal: Add our next million pieces of debris to the global Dive Against Debris dataset by the end of 2020 to mobilize local communities and continue to build evidence of the scale of the global marine debris crisis. Be part of the #NextMillion2020!


# Adopt a Dive Site

Harnessing the unique underwater skill set of the scuba diving community, Adopt a Dive Site urges scuba diving leaders around the globe – including dive instructors, dive centers and resorts – to engage in ongoing, local protection and monitoring of our underwater playgrounds.

Fundiving Curacao PADI Dive Resort adopt our homereef called "Diver's Leap". We have clean-up dive in every last sunday of the month.



Project Aware courses

The Dive Against Debris Specialty: Do you want to learn how to make a difference on every dive you take but not sure where to begin? Gain the knowledge and skills to activate your inner citizen scientist and complete regular Dive Against Debris surveys under the guidance of a PADI Professional by taking the Dive Against Debris Specialty.

The Project AWARE Specialty: The revised Project AWARE Specialty course is an introduction to Project AWARE as a global movement for ocean protection. It focuses and expands on the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet to provide guidance and help you make a difference for ocean protection every time you dive, travel and more. Remaining as a dry course it is ideal to engage divers and non-divers alike as well as a perfect solution to those bad weather days. 

Your SCUBA certification card: Fimage of 2020 limited edition cardsrom the moment you put on a mask and take your first breath underwater you become a steward and ambassador for our ocean planet. You can ask for special certification card after your course. Whether you’re just starting your ocean adventures or you’ve been diving for years, you can show your support for ocean protection with a limited edition PADI certification card that supports Project AWARE. Ocean protection requires “all hands on deck”. Invest in our ocean future by supporting Project AWARE with your scuba certification.


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