Written by Tara Bradley
Whether you’re a PADI® Instructor with a Project AWARE® Specialty rating, a dive shop owner, or a PADI Divemaster with a passion for conservation, there are countless ways to celebrate the ocean as an underwater ambassador during AWARE Week, 15-23 September 2018.
This September marks the first-ever global AWARE Week, a collaboration between PADI and Project AWARE in which the dive community will come together for nine days of education and earth-minded activities.
How can you participate? Start by offering Project AWARE specialties including the revised Project AWARE Specialty, AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty and the Dive Against Debris® Specialty. From learning about sharks to understanding how trash gets into the water, each course gives divers the power to protect the ocean, with or without their fins.
ABOUT THE SPECIALTIES:
Project AWARE Specialty
With the updated Project AWARE Specialty course, divers get an introduction to Project AWARE as a global movement and learn how to personally take action. The dry course is ideal for divers and nondivers, and focuses on the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet.
The AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty
The AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Specialty course educates students on the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and local economies. The course covers the causes of declining shark populations, the actions to take to become an informed and passionate shark defender, and dispels common misconceptions about sharks.
The Dive Against Debris Specialty
Through the Dive Against Debris Specialty, divers gain the knowledge and skills to activate their inner citizen-scientist and participate in Dive Against Debris® surveys under the guidance of a PADI Professional.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO TEACH:
All PADI Instructors are qualified to teach the Project AWARE Specialty and can apply to become Dive Against Debris and Shark Conservation Diver Specialty Instructors. Either take a Specialty Instructor Training course from a PADI Course Director or apply directly to your PADI Regional Headquarters (standard fees from your price list apply and 100% of the fee is donated to Project AWARE).
PADI Assistant Instructors:
All PADI Assistant Instructors are qualified to teach the Project AWARE Specialty.
Divemasters can apply to teach Project AWARE Specialty course after taking a Project AWARE Specialty Instructor course from a PADI Course Director.
Want to learn more? Get tips on hosting or participating in events in your area from the newly launched AWARE Week site.