Over the last 50 years, PADI® has brought millions of souls into the family of divers who confidently and comfortably explore the underwater world together. The dive experience is sensory; it wraps around our bodies, our hearts and our souls. It transforms lives and calls upon us to be a voice for the ocean and to act for its future.

Together, we are millions of individuals united by a shared passion for adventure and a responsibility to help heal the ocean through our choices, so that we can all look into the future with optimism. The PADI family is uniquely positioned to help monitor and steward ocean health for future generations by working together as a global community who cares about protecting the ocean, both above and below the surface.

This year and for years to come, we are making a bold commitment to both our legacy as responsible ancestors and to our future. In the next 50 years, the PADI organization, through dedicated outreach and partnerships with like-minded and concerned people and organizations, will aggregate a billion torchbearers to actively explore, steward and protect our ocean. This is PADI’s new mission:

Create a billion torchbearers to explore and protect the ocean.

There are five words that say it all. SEEK ADVENTURE. SAVE THE OCEAN. Enabling discovery. Restoring the ocean. They go hand in hand, because we can’t really have one without the other. This is the time. Our time. Our Opportunity. It is our responsibility to step up and lead the changes that make a difference.  

Let’s join together, united as ambassadors with a common mission to explore and protect our ocean. Together, we will carry the torch and we will take action.

With hope and optimism,
Drew Richardson
PADI Worldwide, President & Chief Executive Officer

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