PADI Divers Leaving the Ocean a Better Place


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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.