Advancing the Blueprint for Ocean Action

Taking place 18-26 September 2021, the fourth annual AWARE Week encourages and inspires the global dive community to lead or take part in conservation activities and courses focused on local action for global impact. The global event will advance the PADI Conservation Blueprint that charts a decade of conservation action in direct support of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

PADI, together with the newly announced and publicly funded global charity PADI AWARE Foundation™, aim to take existing programs – Vulnerable Species Protection and Marine Debris – to the next level, while building on our leadership in marine conservation by tackling other, equally important marine conservation issues including Climate Change, Marine Protected Areas and Coral Reefs. 


A PADI Torchbearer™ is anyone who believes in better way for us to live in balance with nature, and is ready to take action to realize that vision. By becoming a PADI Torchbearer, you are signing up to stay engaged with current conservation actions and news from the global Torchbearer Community taking action to save the ocean.

Whatever your diving experience, your voice counts and you can make a difference. Join us today to magnify the dive community’s collective conservation power, and get ready to be called upon to take action for meaningful change.

Get Involved This AWARE Week

The power of PADI AWARE lies in you – passionate local divers with first hand experience of the ocean and a desire to protect it. Here’s how you can take local action for global impact, this AWARE Week and beyond. 


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. To achieve our goal of reducing marine debris by 50% in targeted countries by 2030, we need everyone working together at all levels. 

Any Junior Open Water Diver or higher can help tackle marine debris issues head on. Contact your local dive center or search the Conservation Activities Locator to join a Dive Against Debris Survey or get the Dive Against Debris Specialty



Submit data

Submit Your Data

PADI AWARE Foundation’s policy work helps advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 14 – Life Below Water. To do so, quality data is required. As divers, we have the skills to gather data that no other community can.

By acting as citizen scientists, our data is instrumental in achieving the protection our ocean and its inhabitants need. Don’t let your dives go to waste. Submit your data and make your dives count.



AWARE course

Take an AWARE Course

Increase your knowledge and learn how to become a diver who protects the ocean planet. Choose from PADI AWARE Specialist, Dive Against Debris, Shark Conservation, Coral Reef Conservation and Fish ID.

Just ask your local dive center or search for courses on the Conservation Activities Locator!




Fundraise for AWARE

Who makes the greatest impact for ocean protection? You do! When you become a fundraiser, you take the future of our ocean into your own hands. The opportunities to raise funds are vast.

By organizing fundraising events of any size with your dive buddies or local community, you are playing a vital role in advancing programs that save the ocean. Without fundraisers like you, this work would not be possible. 



Donate to AWARE

All PADI AWARE Foundation’s work is made possible by generous donors like you. This AWARE Week, consider contributing to the funds needed to advance our Blueprint for Ocean Action

Your funds will enable the creation of new programs tackling climate change, marine protected areas and coral restoration, while taking our existing programs – Vulnerable Species Protection and Marine Debris – to the next level. 


Share Your Story

The PADI AWARE community choose to be ocean optimists. Together, our actions – big or small – can and do inspire and empower others all over the globe to join our mission to save the ocean. 

Tag @padi and @padiaware on your social media stories and posts and use the following hashtag to tell us your AWARE week stories and be featured in our social media posts and celebratory photo albums!

#AWAREWeek #SaveTheOcean #DiveAgainstDebris #LocalActionGlobalImpact  #EveryDiveaSurveyDive

Local AWARE Week Events

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


Virtual Events

Whatever your circumstances, join us online for a week’s worth of inspiring, educational and useful talks to help you make a greater positive impact on our shared ocean. 

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AWARE Week Kick Off: Make Your Dives Count

Kick off AWARE Week with Director of PADI AWARE Foundation, Danna Moore, hear what’s in store for the next 10 years of conservation and how you can get involved. 



Donations Live Q&A

Connect with Lauren Wiskerson, CFRE & Global Development Manager to learn more about what PADI AWARE Foundation does with your donations. 



Why Does Your Data Matter?

Join Ian Campbell, PADI AWARE Foundation’s Associate Director of Policy & Campaigns for a short discussion on why your data matters. Plus, a quick run-through on how to submit data online. 

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