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Dive Against Debris

A Dive Against Debris Diver takes direct 'fins on' action for the ocean, collecting critical survey data from any or every dive that can be used by marine researchers and policymakers for conservation efforts. No one is better suited to tackle marine debris than PADI Divers.


What do I need?

  • Minimum certification: PADI Junior Open Water Diver (or equivalent), PADI Freediver or PADI Advanced Mermaid
  • Minimum age requirement: 10 years old
  • As a one dive specialty, the Dive Against Debris course counts as an adventure dive in the PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • Divers may credit the specialty certification toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.


Why should you become a Dive Against Debris Diver? 

Help keep your favorite dive site and local marine environment free of debris and contribute to the largest global underwater database in the world. To reduce marine debris by 50% in targeted countries by 2030, we need everyone working together at local, national and international levels. See PADI AWARE’s Marine Debris page for more information.

The primary goals of this Dive Against Debris course are to leverage marine debris surveys you and your fellow divers submit for the purposes of debris management and control, and to directly address the problem by removing debris. These actions contribute to critical scientific research that advances the PADI Blueprint for Ocean Action.

How do I become a Dive Against Debris Diver?

Any PADI Junior Open Water Diver, Freediver or Advanced Mermaid or higher can take the Dive Against Debris Speciality course and help tackle marine debris issues head on. Become a diver to join the world’s largest underwater citizen science movement on the planet. Through this course you’ll be able to participate in regular Dive Against Debris surveys and become part of the solution.



Step-By-Step Guide

Become a diver to join the world’s largest underwater citizen science movement on the planet. Any PADI Junior Open Water Diver, Freediver or Advanced Mermaid, can help to tackle marine debris issues head on. It's as easy as logging your dives.

  1. Find your local PADI Dive Center to get certified in Dive Against Debris. This is a standardized Adventure Dive so you can get your Advanced Open Water Certification and Dive Against Debris at the same time.
  2. Create a My Ocean profile so you can submit marine debris data after your dive. (Use this profile to log into the app)
  3. Report Dive Against Debris Data with the new PADI AWARE App. (Found on the Apple store or Google Play)
  4. Download the Survey Toolkit before your dive! This kit has all the essentials for survey success.
  5. Search the Conservation Activities Locator to find a Dive Against Debris survey near you. 
  6. Check out the Dive Against Debris Map: DiveAgainstDebris.org