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Dive Against Debris Specialty 

What’s the big deal about trash on the reefs?
Coral reefs are the oldest, most productive eco-system on earth. Effectively the rain forests of the sea, they’re home and food source to a million types of fish and marine creatures. Besides their environmental importance, coral reefs are extremely important to local economies, tourism, fishing industries, human health – and, of course, divers.
But coral reefs are in rapid decline, scientists estimating that approximately 25% have gone forever and, if current trends continue, will be completely gone in 30-50 years – find out more about this in our Eco Policy.

What You Will Learn

Like all PADI dive courses, the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris course is comprised of 2 elements:


  1. Knowledge Development - If you have friends or family who aren't divers, they're welcome to join the class too, so you can learn how to make a difference, together (see below for more about what you'll learn).

  2. Training dive - optional This is an actual Clean Up dive that you'll plan, execute and log the results of, and it's the perfect way to your learning and planning into practice right away. Check out Project AWARE Action Map to find the date that suits you best. Dates don't work? Contact DIVE ARMY for the next Dive Against Debris Event. 


Here's what you'll cover in the Knowledge Development part of the course:

  • What marine debris is, where it comes from and the damage it does

  • A bunch "oh-yeah!" easy ways that you can prevent your trash becoming marine debris

  • How to plan and make a safe Dive Against Debris, without unintentionally doing more harm than good

  • What to decide what to remove and what to leave behind

  • How to log and report your Dive Against Debris data, so Project AWARE can use it to identify locations and marine life in greatest need of help, and what and where to focus their actions and solutions


If you care about protecting the ocean by learning how to do something about preventing trash endangering our underwater world, you're going to love this course, and what you'll take away from it. (Literally!) How can I start learning now? Find out more about marine debris and what you can start doing about it today, on the Project AWARE Dive Against Debris® Survey Toolkit.


Pre-requisites: Minimum 12 years old; PADI Junior Open Water certified.
Being a PADI Peak Performance Specialty diver is highly recommended so you don't accidentally damage the reef, during your efforts to protect it.

The Fun Part

A chance for you to be a hero by saving our ocean. You will be able to meet another divers and make new friends.

Get Started Today

Simply contact us here to get you registered for the class. You may also download the PADI Medical Statement (below) to get started on your Medical Questionnaire and pre-course assignments. Note: It is imperative that you answer this form accurately and truthfully. If you answer YES to any question with an asterisk, you are required to have the form signed by a physician giving approval for you to engage in diving activities. If you are traveling for your training, please consult with our staff for procedures regarding flying after diving, before booking your flight. We look forward to training you!

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