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).
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.
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
AWARE exists to cultivate interest in programs and initiatives
within the dive community to preserve the aquatic environment and
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,
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.
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