Diving Against Debris
Our Commitment to
PADI AWARE began in the late 1980s as an ocean conservation project. Its core beginning was an environmental ethic initiated by the PADI. It has since become a separate worldwide non-profit organization comprised of passionate individuals and dive organizations. These amazing people are dedicated to preserving the aquatic environment through a variety of means. PADI AWARE is currently focusing on advancing policies on Plastic Debris and Sharks & Rays.
We invite our guests to connect their passion for scuba diving with the purpose of marine conservation to create lasting change. Join us for a cleanup dive and help us keep the Gulf of Aqaba clean. You’ll have a great time with us and create amazing memories.
DEEP BLUE IS A PADI ECO CENTER
We take protecting our coral reef seriously. We have adopted Yellowstone Reef for the Dive Against Debris initiative and clean our house reef regularly. There is a huge problem around the globe with marine debris–especially single-use plastics. Help us protect the Red Sea. Join a dive clean up. Use reef-friendly sunscreen and bring a reusable water bottle with you when you dive!
The Problem with Plastic
The amount of plastic in the ocean and seas is staggering. Latest statistics estimate 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces in the oceans. All combined they weigh about 269,000 tons! Every minute 1,000,000 plastic bottles are sold around the globe. And if that isn’t bad enough, about 2,000,000 plastic bags are used every minute. (See earthday.org for more facts.)
Currently over 88% of the sea surface is polluted by plastic. The great concern is soon there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. But we can all get involved to bring about change.
Simple changes that can make a huge impact!
- Instead of buying a bottle of water, use a filter and reusable bottle.
- Refuse straws at restaurants.
- Use reusable cloth bags for shopping.
- Recycle if using single use plastic is unavoidable.
- Cigarette butts are the number one debris found in oceans and waterways. Stop smoking–great for your health and environment.
- Get involved in cleanup campaigns in your city.
- Pick up any debris you see when diving and properly dispose of it at the end of your dive.