PADI Announces Fourth Annual AWARE Week for Scuba Diving Citizen Scientists
PADI and its newly incorporated PADI AWARE Foundation (formerly Project AWARE), has announced its fourth annual AWARE Week, during which PADI dive centres, resorts and professionals around the world will be holding events and courses to engage the dive community in local conservation and environmental awareness initiatives.
The week-long event, which will be held this year between 18 and 26 September, brings together divers and non-divers alike to help tackle some of the threats faced by the marine environment through a combination of education and citizen science. Among them is the PADI AWARE Foundation’s flagship Dive Against Debris programme, during which divers both remove debris from the ocean and also report their collection data to better inform future ocean-friendly policy decisions that will help to prevent pollutants from entering the water in the first place.
According to a statement from PADI, AWARE Week 2021 – sponsored by watch-manufacturer Seiko – 'will take the organisations’ current programme to the next level and build on them by tackling additional marine conservation issues such as climate change, marine protected areas and coral reefs. These new programmes, coupled with the flagship programme – that address marine debris and vulnerable marine species – represent the five key components of PADI’s Blueprint for Ocean Action, in direct support of the United Nations Decade of Science for Sustainable Development.'
'AWARE Week 2021 brings together eco-conscious divers and ocean enthusiasts to advance PADI’s conservation blueprint, charting a decade of ocean action to achieve a balance between humanity and ocean,' said Kristin Valette Wirth, Chief Brand and Membership Officer for PADI Worldwide. 'By uniting as a community of PADI Torchbearers who explore and protect the ocean, we work as a global force for good taking meaningful action for the ocean to drive lasting change.'
For more information about PADI AWARE Week 2021 and what's involved, visit padi.com/awareweek2021. Many dive centres around the world are holding a range of events, some of which are free to partcipate in, from non-diving cleanups to Dives Against Debris and PADI AWARE speciality training courses (some of which can be taken by non-divers). To find the events being held nearest to your area, visit www.padi.com/conservation/activities
- Blue Ventures: The Bristol, UK-based PADI Dive Centre has created a sub-organisation called Salt Water Britain, led by marine scientist and presenter Charlie Young. Salt Water Britain hosts a series of ocean adventures throughout the year, and its first summer series of events will conclude with an AWARE Week expedition, which will take divers out to the Farne Islands to dive with seals on the 25-26 September, where they will also participate in a Dive Against Debris. More details can be found at: blog.padi.com/the-uks-hidden-secret-a-divers-paradise/
- Fifth Point Dive Cente: Based in Northumberland, UK, Fifth Point is running a virtual PADI AWARE Week challenge from the 18-24 September, where participants will be transformed into eco divers in 7 days. Led by PADI Course Director Nic Emery, there will be daily videos and live Q+A’s that cover topics including why the ocean needs protection, ways to participate in conservation and be a citizen scientist, and tips for how to make sustainable choices both above and below the surface. More details at: fifthpointdiving.com/awareweek
- Crystal Divers Mauritius: Crystal Divers is holding a virtual 'Mauritius & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' climate webinar on 18 September at 3 PM BST which will be run by Mr Mokshanand Dowarkasing, an environmental advisor and former Greenpeace International Global Strategist and author of Mauritius and the SDGs. The webinar will include current threats to Mauritius and ways to support current conservation actions. Those who want to join can do so at www.gotomeet.me/CrystalDiversMauritius/aware-week-with-mokshanand-dowarkasing
- ABC-Divers: Based in Munich, Germany ABC Divers is hosting a range of special PADI AWARE courses, including:
- 18 Sept: AWARE Dive Against Debris course, to include a clean-up dive in the Echinger See or Echinger Weiher. The day wraps up with a barbeque for all participants.
- 19 Sept Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course
- 22 Sept PADI AWARE Specialty course
Contact ABC Divers at www.abc-divers.de for more information