About the Course: Make a difference on every dive by activating your inner citizen scientist. During the Dive Against Debris® Diver Specialty course, you’ll learn how ocean plastic and trash cleanups not only keep your local dive sites healthier, but also how to contribute to a global database that documents our planet’s marine debris problem. Under the guidance of your instructor, you’ll participate in a Dive Against Debris survey and turn your passion for the underwater world into real action.
Join the PADI® Torch Bearer movement of divers protecting our ocean planet and making every dive count.
How to Earn Your Scuba Diving Certification: Complete Dive Against Debris eLearning, then make a Dive Against Debris survey dive, during which you will collect marine debris underwater. After your dive, you will weigh, sort, record, dispose of and report your marine debris to the PADI® AWARE Foundation™ database.
PADI eLearning®: PADI eLearning® makes it easy to fit scuba lessons into your busy schedule. Complete the independent study part of your course whenever, wherever it’s convenient for you. Work at your own pace, online or offline, using a computer or mobile device. Connect with your instructor for in-water training, or whenever you have a question.
eLearning Time Commitment: 2-4 hrs
With Your Instructor: You will plan and execute a dive with a buddy to remove underwater marine debris while demonstrating appropriate judgment as to which objects should and shouldn’t be removed from the ocean. After the dive, you’ll conduct a survey by recording and reporting your Dive Against Debris data.
Total Time Commitment: 1 day
Prerequisites: PADI® (Junior) Open Water Diver, PADI® Freediver or PADI® Advanced Mermaid (or qualifying certification)
Minimum Age: 10