Project AWARE: When it comes to the health of the aquatic environment, no community has such a personal view or cares more passionately, than divers. Because of this special potential as advocates and protectors of the aquatic environment, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) introduced Project AWARE (Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility, and Education).

Project AWARE is PADI's commitment to emphasizing the diver's role in preserving the aquatic realm. PADI was the first organization in the dive industry to introduce an environmental awareness program primarily focused on individuals who use the world's aquatic area.

With PADI's worldwide membership of more than 90,000 individual members; more than 4000 retail and resort members; and nearly one million new certifications each year, messages created by Project AWARE reach a vast audience who already shares a unique interest for the aquatic environment. These divers and snorkelers, with a passion for the underwater world and a willingness to learn more about it, are ideal recipients for information about preserving the aquatic environment. Divers can see, first hand, the consequences that come from neglecting and damaging the aquatic environment and its ecosystems.

Project AWARE exists to cultivate interest in programs and initiatives within the dive community to preserve the aquatic environment and its resources.

The Project AWARE Foundation, a non-profit, public benefit corporation was created in 1992 to encourage and support aquatic ecology and education. The Project AWARE Foundation is based in California. International regional charities were established to reinforce and expand Project AWARE's activities and advocacy efforts.

Project AWARE (UK) was established to focus on regional needs throughout PADI International Limited's service territory: UK, Eire, Middle East, Africa, Mediterranean, Russia and Eastern Europe. It received formal charity status in 1999 and is based in Bristol, England.

All of PADI's learning materials encompass the Project AWARE philosophy and divers at all levels are taught about their responsibilities to protect the aquatic world. Additionally, PADI and Project AWARE have developed a number of environmental specialty courses such as AWARE Fish Identification, Underwater Naturalist, the Coral Reef Conservation specialty to name but a few.

Project AWARE Foundation
30151 Tomas Street
Rancho Santa Margarita
CA, 92688-2125 U.S.A.

Project AWARE (UK)
Registered Charity No.1073327
Unit 7, St Philips Central
Albert Road, St Philips
Bristol BS2 0PD
Great Britain
Tel: +44 (0)117 3007313