About Project AWARE

Project AWARE Foundation is a global movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet - one dive at a time. Focused on the critical issues of Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, Project AWARE empowers thousands of divers in more than 180 countries to work together for a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet. Project AWARE Foundation is a registered non-profit organization.

Project AWARE Success at DEMA 2015

Dive Against Debris Workshops DEMA 2015The annual DEMA Show put on by the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association is more than just a scuba diving trade show – it’s the dive industry’s event of the year.

With diving equipment manufacturers, training and certification organizations, apparel producers, travel companies and philanthropies from across the globe in attendance, it’s a chance for all members of the dive industry to connect, collaborate and innovate.

Project AWARE has been honored to attend the DEMA show alongside PADI with great success in past years, and this year was no exception.

As we’re just now catching our breath after a whirlwind week of travel, meetings and Dive Against Debris training workshops, we’d like to take a moment to say, THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our supporters – dive centers, scuba instructors, ocean enthusiasts and marine conservation advocates – you helped make our presence at the 2015 DEMA show an incredible success.

Not only did we enjoy meeting many new members of our dive community in the Project AWARE booth, we were absolutely blown away by the attendance at our first-ever Dive Against Debris training workshops. Close to 200 of you attended! You asked pertinent data-reporting questions and worked together to find solutions. You listened intently and learned techniques and best practices for reporting more frequent, more accurate Dive Against Debris data. We shared our Dive Against Debris action kits with you so that you now have not only the knowledge, but also the tools to get the work done. We’re grateful to have shared that experience with you, and cannot wait to see your Dive Against Debris efforts expand in the coming year. You are our newest Dive Against Debris ambassadors.

Our community of empowered citizen scientists is growing, and now more than ever, we’re positively impacting our ocean environments through Dive Against Debris. Thank you to our dedicated community that makes this possible.

Activate your inner citizen scientist! Participate in Dive Against Debris today and join the growing number of Dive Against Debris Instructors.

Dive Against Debris: 100% AWARE Partner in Jeddah Takes Action

Alaa Al Masri 5 16.10.15On 16th October 2015, Alaa Al Masri, Project AWARE 100% AWARE Partner, joined by more than 30 dive volunteers, completed a Dive Against Debris survey in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The team removed 500 kg of trash #BeneathTheWaves and reported their underwater data to add to Project AWARE’s global effort to show the true extent of the marine debris crisis. The team of committed Dive Against Debris volunteers also conducted a beach club at Shams Resort to engage the local community and further raise awareness. On the very same day, Alaa Al Masri took on another challenge: raising funds for his favorite charity by taking part in a Finathon and setting up his own My Ocean Challenge raising over $500 to protect sharks and the ocean. Check out Alaa My Ocean blog post and gallery to see all the photos from these wonderful actions.

Visit projectaware.org to find out how you can join the 100% AWARE partnership and conduct regular Dive Against Debris surveys.

Project AWARE: Renew Your Support for the Ocean

ReMember to RenewThe diving community and PADI Professional Members in particular are playing a critical role in making significant strides forward in ocean protection.

Project AWARE, PADI’s environmental charity partner, is dedicated to providing PADI Pros with the tools and resources to join in campaigns and activities that contribute to advancing the health of the ocean for future generations.

Your gift* and renewed commitment to ocean protection with your PADI Member Renewal helps Project AWARE achieve conservation successes to secure a brighter future for shark and ray population and protect marine life from the onslaught of marine debris.

FACT: Your support enables Project AWARE to secure important policy advancements to keep shark and ray populations healthy.

FACT: Entanglement in marine debris threatens humpback whales and many other marine animals. More than 1,500 entangled sea creatures have been reported through Dive Against Debris since 2011.

AWARE Card InstructorWant the New Project AWARE card now? Renew your support for the ocean by choosing the new Project AWARE version of your PADI Membership card and donate* with your PADI renewal today!

Thank you for renewing your support for the ocean with your PADI Member Renewal.

Contact PADI EMEA for more information or visit www.projectaware.org

* Gifts of €15/£15/CHF20 or more receive a new limited edition Project AWARE Humpack Whale mask strap pad as a special thank you for your renewed support.

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Show your Dedication to Ocean Protection – Become a 100% AWARE Partner

100% AWARE - BalkySub SpainAre you an instructor or dive center who takes ocean protection to heart? We all want to keep our undersea world clean and healthy – not just for ourselves, but for the dive community, now and for future generations to come. If conservation is important to you and your business, consider becoming 100% AWARE.

Across the globe, PADI instructors and dive centers are committing to ocean protection through 100% AWARE partnerships. 100% AWARE partners support a healthy and abundant ocean by making a donation to Project AWARE on behalf of each student that they certify through PADI PIC Online.* 100% AWARE partners’ ongoing contributions make a difference by providing vital funds to support Project AWARE’s two core areas of focus: marine debris prevention and shark and ray protection.

2015 Project AWARE card choicesBest of all students certified through a 100% AWARE partner will receive the Project AWARE version of their PADI certification card, so that they can proudly display their support and remember their positive experience with you! Divers value practices that protect the ocean and want to dive with instructors and dive centers that share their values – show them that you care!

Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps to become a 100% AWARE Partner:

1) Get started by submitting your 100% AWARE partner agreement. Individual instructors and dive centers may apply. You have the option to donate $10 per certification card, or a flat donation of $250 per month.
2) Log into POL using the PADI member number on your 100% AWARE agreement and select your choice of preferred certification card.
3) That’s it! All your certifications will be automatically issued as AWARE cards without making a donation to process.

It’s easy to get started! Effortlessly support ocean protection with every certification – the benefits are endless! If you need any help along the way, Project AWARE is here to help. Simply contact the Project AWARE Team or click here to learn more.

*With the exception of EFR, Seal Team and Tec Rec.

World Oceans Day 2015: Project AWARE explains the Ugly Journey of our Trash

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How does our trash make its way from land to sea? Project AWARE’s new animated infographic explains the ugly journey, and shines light on the dangers our litter poses to marine ecosystems and wildlife along the way. While the marine debris issue may at first appear daunting, there is hope! With our underwater skill set, the dive community is uniquely positioned to contribute to global solutions by participating in Dive Against Debris, Project AWARE’s year-round underwater debris removal and reporting program.

We all want a healthy ocean and healthy planet – join Project AWARE in the fight against marine debris – become a Debris Activist this World Oceans Day and all year long!
Ugly Journey of our Trash Video

Our ocean is under siege. From everyday trash like plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles, to larger items like car batteries, kitchen appliances and fishing nets, our debris is entering the sea at an alarming rate. Our ocean has become a dumping ground.

Marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s dangerous to sea life, hazardous to human health, and costly to our economies. Marine animals can become entangled in debris or mistake small particles of trash for food – often with fatal results. Divers, swimmers and beachgoers can be directly harmed by encounters with debris or its toxins. And, the costs of plastic debris to marine ecosystems are estimated at 13 billion dollars a year. Better information about sources and impacts is extremely important to drive changes in infrastructure and waste management policies at all levels.

Who is responsible? All of us. Together we can help prevent and clear up this mess for a clean, healthy ocean planet.

Download and share “The Ugly Journey of Our Trash” to educate your community on how our rubbish becomes the ocean’s problem.

Kick off your #MyOceanChallenge this Endangered Species Day

Are you up for a challenge? Join the Endangered Species Day 2015 celebration by taking the My Ocean Challenge, Project AWARE’s new, exciting way to take action for ocean protection.

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The challenges facing endangered marine species, big and small, have never been more pressing. With My Ocean Challenge, you can help tackle two of the biggest challenges faced by our ocean: marine debris and over-exploitation of sharks and rays.

Taking the My Ocean Challenge is a great way to raise awareness about endangered marine species and raise funds critical to protecting our ocean and its wildlife.

From running a marathon to baking cakes, participating in a sponsored abseil event or donating your birthday, the funds raised through your My Ocean Challenge fuel the grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet for us today and for future generations.

On Endangered Species Day, May 15 – or starting any day you choose – go to projectaware.org/fundraise to kick off your My Ocean Challenge. A bike ride, skydive or taking part in a sponsored bungee jump – the possibilities are endless! My Ocean Challenge is all about challenging yourself to help protect the ocean. The only limit is your imagination!

Our ocean is facing tough challenges. Your challenge this Endangered Species Day and beyond: Fundraise for its protection.

Take Project AWARE’s #MyOceanChallenge

*Beginning on Endangered Species Day 2015, the first ten fundraisers to raise $500 or more will also be awarded with a Quikpod selfie stick so you can show the world how you took on the challenge!

Earth Day: It’s Our Turn to Lead

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22nd April 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year, under the theme “It’s Our Turn to Lead”, the Project AWARE movement will once again lead efforts to tackle marine debris from beneath the surface of the waves.

We know only too well the devastating impacts marine debris has on ocean wildlife. And we see this first-hand. In fact through Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, divers are truly able to lead efforts and actions to remove rubbish and collect and report data on what lies beneath the ocean surface. It’s a unique perspective, a different view point from the “out of sight – out of mind” view.

So this Earth Day let’s join together to show the world how divers are leading the fight against debris.

  1. Lead and Teach

Get the rating to teach the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty. From planning the dive to reporting the debris data, the Dive Against Debris Distinctive Specialty prepares students to participate and support regular Dive Against Debris surveys, join other surveys, or, in case of more experienced divers, to start surveys of their own.

All applications received before 30th April will receive a Dive Against Debris mesh bag absolutely free*! Apply direct to PADI today and they will donate your instructor application directly to Project AWARE.

All course materials can be downloaded from www.projectaware.org

  1. Organize

Add your Dive Against Debris action to the Action Zone and invite your local community to take part. Be a leader and raise awareness locally.

Divers are leading the fight against marine debris every day and on every dive. Stay tuned to Project AWARE this April as we celebrate Earth Day and recognize Dive Against Debris heroes like you.

*Offer available whilst stock lasts

Book Your Tickets for the Sport Diver Awards 2015

Sport Diver Awards CeremonyVoting for the prestigious Sport Diver Awards is now open and the excitement is building as Sport Diver, the official publication of the PADI Diving Society, prepares to host one of the biggest dive industry events of the year. Categories from best PADI Instructor to best Overseas Dive Centre will recognise the very people and professionals who make the dive industry so unique and vibrant.

Held on Saturday 24th October 2015, the Sport Diver Awards Ceremony promises to be a great event. The night will be filled with fun, laughter, diving celebrities and awards. Sport Diver EMEA will also be hosting an auction in support of Project AWARE and lots of great prizes will be up for grab!

Cast your votes on the people, products and brands that have made the greatest impact on the dive industry in the last year and get your ticket for the Sport Diver Awards Ceremony now! 10% of the tickets sale will support Project AWARE if bought through this linkhttp://bit.ly/SportDiverAWARDsCeremony.

Sport Diver AWARDS Ceremony

Get Your Tickets and Support Project AWARE

What else? Wakatobi Dive Resort, the official sponsor of the Sport Diver Awards 2015, has provided an amazing prize, for one of the members of the public that votes: a one-in-a-lifetime trip to the resort in Indonesia and pelagic liveaboard.

To cast your votes, click here. To buy tickets to the Awards Ceremony and support Project AWARE click here.

What Do You Love About the Ocean?

LoveCampaign_TwitterCoverDo something different this Valentine’s Day. Inspire your student divers to protect the underwater world by taking part in the #WhatILoveAbouttheOcean campaign.

Join Project AWARE in celebrating what divers everywhere love about the ocean:

  1. Share your favourite ocean picture on Twitter or Instagram using #WhatILoveAbouttheOcean. Your image will be automatically added to the campaign photo grid.
  2. Don’t have a Twitter or Instagram account? Don’t worry you can still participate by adding your photo directly to the #WhatILoveAbouttheOcean grid. Don’t forget to add a caption!
  3. Make a donation to help protect what you love for future generations.

Project AWARE will spread the love far and wide by featuring some of your best pics to inspire others to love and protect the ocean!

Share your love for the ocean this Valentine’s Day and head to Twitter to tweet your love: This #ValentinesDay I’m celebrating my ❤ for the ocean to inspire others to protect it #WhatILoveAbouttheOcean

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Show Your Support – AWARE Certification Cards & Poster

PA certification cardsShow your support by encouraging your student divers to make a donation to Project AWARE whenever they take a PADI diving course.

Display this poster in your facility and have your divers choose the limited edition Project AWARE version of the PADI Certification Card. 100 percent of their donation will go towards protecting our ocean planet.

Better yet, become a 100% AWARE partner to ensure all your certifications support ocean protection through Project AWARE.

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