Advancing the PADI Mission for the good thing about individuals and planet.
Our Mission: Create a billion PADI Torchbearers to discover and shield the ocean.
Our strategy to defending the ocean is constructed upon our lengthy and enduring legacy as stewards of the underwater world we love. Because the world’s largest ever community of divers, dive facilities and dive instructors, we have now an incredible alternative to mobilize tens of millions of PADI Torchbearers – such as you – to save lots of the ocean planet.
The PADI group, along with our key companions in conservation – AWARE, are uniquely positioned to play an influential position within the international effort to create a extra sustainable future and we're dedicated to creating solution-based initiatives with lasting impression. Regardless of the turmoil imposed by the worldwide pandemic, the place potential, PADI Divers are safely persevering with (or starting once more) to discover and shield our shared ocean.
The mako shark is the quickest shark within the ocean. Sadly, it’s additionally the posterchild for overfishing within the Atlantic. Apart from the well-publicized situation of shark finning, business fishing and related bycatch threatens shark populations considerably extra. In response to Seaspiracy, greater than 300,000 whales and dolphins are killed annually as bycatch; 30,000 sharks are killed each hour; and 250,000 sea turtles are injured or killed (within the U.S. alone).
PADI and Challenge AWARE have a proud historical past of combating overfishing on the worldwide coverage degree, having helped safe worldwide safety measures and insurance policies for over two-dozen weak shark and ray species. Presently, we're preventing to guard mako sharks within the Atlantic, by means of our #MakeTime4Makos marketing campaign.
Again in August 2019, the dive group made its appreciable voice heard throughout debates over itemizing mako sharks on Appendix II of CITES, the worldwide conference to restrict the commerce on endangered species. Whereas the CITES itemizing for makos gained overwhelming help, a number of of the identical Events haven't but aligned their ICCAT place for makos with the scientific recommendation. The list of countries supporting science-based limits for endangered Atlantic makos has been rising, and the leisure dive group is gearing as much as push governments which have but to make their positions public.
How You Can Assist:
Project AWARE is working with PADI dive operators in South Africa and Brazil to interact divers in highlighting conservation points for shark species, no matter how typically they’re encountered by divers underwater. In case you’re based mostly in both of those nations, you will get concerned by taking a Venture AWARE Shark Conservation course and taking photographs with the #MakeTime4Makos flag. Should you’re not, you possibly can help the efforts by signing the petition and tweeting, tagging and/or writing to your consultant with this toolkit.
Inexperienced Fins Diver Etiquette
More and more (and fairly rightly), we’re all being inspired to undertake and promote constructive environmental actions inside our diving networks… However with our oceans dealing with threats left proper and middle, it may be troublesome to know the place to start out.
Fortunately, Green Fins offers the one internationally acknowledged environmental requirements for marine tourism. For those who’ve seen the code of conduct, you may need famous that it outlines environmental requirements for operators, dive employees and divers. However how do divers start to start out translating that into on a regular basis motion?
PADI and the Reef-World Foundation joined forces to advertise sustainable diving practices for the safety of the marine setting and scale back threats to one of many world’s most precious ecosystems: coral reefs. Our shared imaginative and prescient is to make sustainable diving and snorkeling the social norm, attaining this via the implementation of the Inexperienced Fins initiative – in partnership with the UN Environment Programme.
How You Can Assist:
The Inexperienced Fins icons poster presents a simple snapshot of the important thing do’s and don’ts of environmental greatest follow for divers and snorkelers. By adopting these requirements and making use of them when choosing dive outlets to dive with and truly diving, you make an enormous distinction in elevating the environmental requirements of our whole business.
Don’t underestimate the facility of the person. As conservation icon and founding father of our companion group Mission Blue explains:
“Many people ask what can I, as one individual, do, however historical past exhibits us that every little thing good and dangerous begins as a result of any person does one thing or doesn't do one thing,”
― Sylvia Earle
We Are One Ocean 30×30
A million species are liable to extinction inside our lifetime, greater than ever earlier than in human historical past. That is due to modifications to our local weather, how we use and develop land, and the way we take assets from land and sea. Within the ocean, we’re additionally overfishing, polluting and mining for assets in ways in which injury the locations crops and animals have to reside.
We will scale back stresses on the ocean by creating MPAs, or Marine Protected Areas, that are like nationwide parks on land, however in ocean or coastal areas. Defending necessary areas – like coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove swamps or the breeding areas of endangered species and fish we depend on for meals – will permit the ocean to proceed to maintain us and assist every part dwelling in it adapt higher to local weather change.
How You Can Assist:
In 2021, the United Nations will set objectives for shielding life on the planet over the subsequent decade. Together with the global surf and sailing communities, we’re asking them to completely and extremely shield 30% of the worldwide ocean by 2030. By way of the Torchbearer Group, partaking content material and international attain, we will convert our ardour for the ocean into function and save the ocean for ourselves and future generations of PADI Divers. Signal the petition at weareoneocean.org.
Dive Towards Particles
Dive Against Debris is AWARE’s flagship citizen-science program, empowering scuba divers to take away marine particles from the ocean and report knowledge on the kinds, portions, and places of supplies collected. Because the solely underwater particles knowledge assortment program of its type, Dive Towards Particles each improves the well being of ocean ecosystems by way of localized volunteer efforts and supplies beneficial details about underwater particles to assist inform coverage change.
Because the program’s launch in 2011, greater than 86,000 divers have participated in Dive Towards Particles in 120 nations around the globe, reporting over 1.eight million items of trash, highlighting geographical distribution, hotspots, modifications which have occurred over time and marine animal entanglement.
The Undertaking AWARE group is constructing an more and more complete international dataset that can be utilized to assist inform efficient prevention measures to cease additional particles getting into the ocean… and thus serving to to scale back ecosystem degradation. By means of Dive Towards Particles®, Undertaking AWARE has knowledge relating to the forms of particles gadgets discovered within the marine surroundings in addition to debris-free websites which can be utilized to spotlight the place administration ought to be prioritized.
In collaboration with Ocean Conservancy (largest international dataset of seashore particles) and CSIRO (Commonwealth of Scientific and Industrial Analysis Group – world leaders in marine particles analysis), we devised the primary quantitative evaluation of worldwide marine particles type land and sea sources: A global assessment of the relationship between anthropogenic debris on land and the seafloor (click on to open).
How You Can Assist:
As soon as reported, your Dive Towards Particles knowledge enters a worldwide database to assist help the event and implementation of insurance policies to enhance strong waste administration, regionally and globally. You can even report your knowledge by way of your smartphone.
Download the free Dive Against Debris app from Google Play or iTunes and switch your telephone right into a device for conservation.