Without water our planet would be just one of the billions of lifeless rocks floating endlessly in the black void that is our universe. In reality, 70% of our planet is covered in water and as such 90% of the world’s biodiversity resides in the oceans.

Our everyday lives affect the oceans and the water cycle more than we could imagine. From agriculture to plastics washing up on the sea shore, our actions affect the health of the seas and oceans.

The PADI Project AWARE specialty course aims to inform students about the vastness, the biodiversity, productivity and importance of the world’s oceans.


It also aims to improve student attitudes to the way in which we think about the current plight of the seas and how we all can help reduce our own ecological footprint.

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Course Overview​

The course consists of a knowledge development presentation which will cover:

  • The Project AWARE philosophy about protecting worldwide aquatic ecosystems

  • The importance of and interdependent nature of worldwide aquatic ecosystems

  • Pertinent issues concerning the environmental status of worldwide aquatic ecosystems, including: fisheries concerns, coastal zone management and marine pollution

  • The status of specific, critically degraded marine environments

  • Suggestions and information about specific actions that may help to conserve worldwide aquatic ecosystems

Course Prerequisites

  • An interest in the aquatic world and environmental issues.

Knowledge Development


Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with your PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of the course material.

Price Includes​

  • PADI Project AWARE Manual (Download)

  • PADI Certification Fee

Continue The Adventure...

Now that you have a better understanding of the aquatic world, why not help protect the environment by perfecting your buoyancy skills as part of the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course.

If you have completed 5 PADI Specialties & the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives, you qualify to register as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional diver rating within PADI.