PADI Pillars of Change: Standing up for People and Planet


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Some of the vital methods we will honor our legacy and provides again to present and future generations is to do our half to function the PADI® group responsibly, help a sustainable dive business and shield the ocean on which all life relies upon.

The PADI Pillars of Change are reflective of PADI’s core model values and the commitments we maintain for the betterment of individuals and planet. Actively pursuing a plan of action to deal with ocean challenges by partaking native communities is essential for attaining stability between humanity and nature.

Pillar 1 – Ocean Conservation

Empower our group to take conservation motion for international influence

Impressed by the diver within the PADI emblem and our legacy ethos to guard the underwater world, we created the PADI Torchbearer Group as a strategy to mobilize tens of millions of divers – and anybody with the will to discover and shield the ocean – to take collective motion for the ocean above and under the floor. Our mission is to combination a billion PADI Torchbearers to discover and shield the ocean.

With our main associate in conservation, PADI AWARE Basis, we're proactively working to deal with the environmental disaster by tackling key ocean threats like habitat destruction, local weather change, and marine particles. Collectively, PADI and AWARE established the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action, becoming a member of the United Nation’s common name for a Decade of Action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly supporting the implementation of SDG14 – Life Below Water.

To realize these essential conservation objectives, PADI will unite the most important community of dive facilities, resorts, dive professionals and divers to take motion as PADI Torchbearers of their communities, linking native motion to international influence.

Pillar 2 – Business Sustainability

Scale back the worldwide environmental footprint of the dive business

Diving is among the largest and quickest rising leisure actions on the planet. We acknowledge that applicable human use and delight of coastal and marine assets is prime to the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people who stay in coastal communities. Leisure diving and dive tourism are important to the financial livelihoods in lots of locations across the globe. As the most important and most influential firm within the dive business, PADI has the distinctive alternative to foster a dive financial system that acts responsibly and contributes to the financial worth and resilience of native economies. By educating divers and dive vacationers to interact in an ocean acutely aware way of life and enabling dive operators to run environmentally sustainable businesses, we will elevate the dive business for instance of learn how to co-exist in concord with individuals and planet.

The PADI network consists of 128,000 dive professionals and 6,600 PADI Dive Operators in virtually each nook of the globe. As we proceed to develop and broaden, we're dedicated to decreasing our personal organizational footprint whereas enhancing entry to greatest apply conservation instruments and academic assets that can be utilized by the business to function extra sustainably and in stability with the ocean.

We consider that the dive provide chain (together with dive journey, marine tourism, divers and dive operators) can all assist construct a extra sustainable dive business by decreasing waste, decreasing single-use plastic, and decreasing and offseting our carbon footprint. We're dedicated to constructing probably the most sustainable dive business potential by creating and supporting packages and alternatives that assist divers and dive operators scale back their environmental influence.

Inexperienced Fins

Since 2018, PADI has labored in partnership with The Reef-World Basis to understand the potential of the dive group for instance of how a worldwide business can efficiently help individuals, planet and revenue. By decreasing the native direct and oblique pressures tourism places on coral reefs, it helps make corals more healthy and extra resilient to different stresses akin to the consequences of local weather change.

Pillar three – Individuals & Humanity

Foster variety and inclusion within the dive business and help native communities

The inclusive nature and variety of diving is one thing we have fun and honor. It's embedded within the ethos of our group as PADI was based on the core perception that the oceans ought to be accessible to all. We attempt to create an surroundings of openness throughout our sector with a shared understanding that ‘underwater all of us converse the identical language.’  To authentically advance our imaginative and prescient to determine stability between humanity and ocean is to acknowledge each the social and environmental influence and implications of our actions. We're dedicated to cultivating ever-present variety, equality and inclusion throughout the dive business whereas persevering with to hunt out new pathways for all to take pleasure in entry to the ocean and to the transformational energy of diving.  


The PADI Ambassadiver Program showcases the range of diving and evokes individuals around the globe by offering a human connection to the game and amplifying the tales of divers who encourage others to like and look after our ocean planet. These people elevate diving of their communities and throughout the planet, encouraging extra individuals to pursue their passions or comply with their goals to hunt journey and save the ocean. They exemplify what it means to be a PADI Torchbearer, dedicated to exploring and defending the ocean.

Group Grant Program

With a view to higher help and work collaboratively with native communities, PADI AWARE Basis will launch a Group Grant Program in 2021, offering much-needed monetary assets to PADI Dive Facilities and Resorts for native ocean-protection initiatives and actions. Saving the ocean requires all of us appearing collectively in hundreds of the way on an area degree – the grant program will function the cornerstone of all of PADI’s conservation work, immediately addressing area people wants whereas advancing international coverage objectives tied to the United Nations Decade of Motion. The grant exemplifies the AWARE Basis’s mission to drive native motion for international ocean conservation.

Ladies’s Dive Day

In 2014, PADI launched the primary ever PADI Ladies’s Dive Day. Now in its seventh yr, Ladies’s Dive Day has develop into the most important single day of diving on the earth. PADI members have hosted hundreds of occasions offering an astounding variety of ladies the chance to take their first breath beneath water, reducing the gender hole in diving and empowering extra individuals all over the place to turn into explorers of the ocean planet.

Adaptive Methods

PADI’s strategy to diver schooling has all the time been inclusive; everybody who meets conditions is welcome. In accordance with the World Health Organization, there are round one billion individuals on the planet who're dwelling with some kind of incapacity. Becoming a PADI certified diver has helped veterans with PTSD and different life-altering accidents, Paralympians, people with spinal paralysis and numerous others to seek out therapeutic, reworking their lives above the floor as a lot because it does under. To help PADI members who have been working with divers with disabilities, PADI created two programs that target growing consciousness of various diver talents and discover adaptive educating methods to use when coaching and diving with bodily and mentally challenged divers. These programs additional broaden teacher’s talents to be student-centered and prescriptive in strategy when adapting methods to satisfy diver wants. PADI Execs study to adapt course content material to accommodate nearly any scholar

By harnessing the facility and measurement of the PADI model as a drive for good that connects individuals to causes and actions that create social and environmental impression, we transfer in the direction of a extra balanced and resilient international ocean group.

PADI has all the time been pleased with our deeper function and the position we play in making the world a greater place. We'll stand collectively now, as torchbearers, to domesticate consciousness and rise up for a greater world. It's going to take all of us working collectively to create a more healthy, safer planet for all.

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