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The AWARE Dive Against Debris Course with Patriot Dive Center

Pay the ocean forward by helping clean it up on your next dive. Learn about the problems of marine debris, conducting Dive Against Debris surveys, and how divers are a part of the solution to keeping our oceans clean.


The Fun Part

Do you want to make a difference on every dive but are not sure where to begin? Gain the knowledge and skills to activate your inner citizen scientist by taking the Dive Against Debris® Specialty. You’ll learn to complete Dive Against Debris surveys under the guidance of a PADI® Professional and help keep you your local dive sites healthier by removing trash.

What You Learn

Your training starts in the classroom by learning:

  • About marine debris, the damage done, what it is, where it comes from and how divers are part of the solution.
  • How to establish a Dive Against Debris® survey, the survey frequency, sites, profiles and equipment. Also the use of photography and knowing what to leave behind.
  • How to make your survey count. The five easy steps to report the debris you’ve removed to maximize each survey’s benefits.
  • How to join the global Project AWARE movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet.

During your one open water dive, you will conduct a Dive Against Debris® survey, including weighing, sorting, recording, disposing and reporting your marine debris to Project AWARE.

Your Next Adventure

As you learn about cleaning the underwater environment we love so much, you may also want to learn more about these environments! Check out Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course to learn more about coral reefs and what they contribute to the world! 

You may also want to brush up on your underwater photography skills so that you can document and capture images of the conditions of the reefs, wrecks, and dive sites that you are cleaning up!


You can start by reading the Dive Against Debris Survey Guide, the Marine Debris Identification Guide and by downloading the Dive Against Debris Data Card from the Project AWARE websiteStop by Patriot Dive Center to enroll in the course and start learning about the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies.