PADI has announced an update to its Project AWARE specialty.
The change is timed to dovetail with PADI’s inaugural AWARE Week, which runs from September 15-23, 2018. The revision aims to motivate and encourage participants to take responsibility for the health of our oceans.
According to Danna Moore, director of global operations for Project AWARE:
“When updating the content of the Project AWARE Specialty as part of our new mission to connect the passion for adventure with the purpose of marine conservation, the focus was on understanding what inspires and motivates the dive community to take concrete actions that bring about positive change for the ocean.”
Critical actions promoted by the revised course include 10 tips for divers to protect the ocean:
- Be a Buoyancy Expert
- Be a Role Model
- Take Only Photos – Leave Only Bubbles
- Protect Underwater Life
- Become a Debris Activist
- Make Responsible Seafood Choices
- Take Action
- Be an Eco-tourist
- Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
- Give Back
The Project AWARE course is a non-diving one, with no age or experience prerequisite. All that is required to participate is an interest and passion in the oceans and marine environment.
For more info on AWARE Week, click here.