AWARE – Dive Against Debris is practised in more than 114 countries around the world. Why not take part and do your bit on each and every dive you make? Grab your mesh bag and data card every time you dive and make all your dives a Dive Against Debris. Don’t let your dive go to waste, help us make a difference. The AWARE – Dive Against Debris course is great fun and actually, it is amazing when you will find in the ocean. This is the only underwater debris data collection program of its kind to improve the health of the oceans. Our ecosystems depend on your efforts and thousands of volunteers around the world. Learn about debris in the oceans and what impact this has on our ecosystems. Join the millions in an active program and record your finds online at Project Aware.
Who should take this course?
This AWARE course empowers you, as a scuba diver to remove marine debris from the ocean. It helps to improve the health of ocean ecosystems and protect marine life against injury and often death.
Around 25,000 divers have participated in Dive Against Debris, in more than 50 countries and have collected 500,000 pieces of trash. So, if you are committed to joining the underwater protection movement, this is the right place.
All debris will be separated into types, amount, location found and weight. The data will then be recorded and added onto the interactive map.
What will you learn?
During this course, you will:
Log data about debris in our oceans and rivers, using Project AWARE
Understand and learn about how fragile our underwater world really is
Learn how to organise a clean-up, gather debris and record your data with Project AWARE
Use Project AWARE’s international database to record information about collected debris
What scuba gear you will use?
Basic scuba diving equipment
Gloves to protect your hands
Mesh bag to collect debris
Underwater slate and pencil
What learning materials do you require?
You can make a FREE download of your Dive Against Debris Kit from Project AWARE (www.projectaware.org) The kit includes everything you need; a survey guide, data card, marine debris identification guide and a surveyor checklist.
To enrol in this exciting course:
Participant must be 12 years of age or older
Minimum PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent certification from another training agency
Participants under the age of 18 years must have parent or guardian consent
Complete a diver medical questionnaire declaring you are in good physical health