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Make a difference on every dive. Activate the inner citizen scientist in you. Learn how ocean plastic and trash clean up not only keep your local dive site healthier, you can also contribute to a global database documenting the marine debris problem.

Purchase your PADI Dive Against Debris online learning here.

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The PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course can start you on your journey as a citizen scientist. 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.

Take This Course If You Want to

  • Become a citizen scientist for marine conservation

  • Learn how you can truly make a difference for our oceans

  • Keep your local dive sites clean from ocean plastic and debris

Learn How to

  • Identify which objects should and shouldn’t be removed from the ocean

  • Conduct a survey: Sort, record and report the marine debris you collect

  • Contribute to PADI AWARE Foundation’s global database

What Qualifications Do I Need To Start?

PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver, PADI Freedivertm or PADI Advanced Mermaidtm (or qualifying certification) and be at least 10 years old.


How Does It Work?

You will start your Dive Against Debris Specialty by purchasing your online course. You can then register for your open water dive on our website. We will meet at the dive site where you will meet with your instructor for a dive planning brief, then conduct your clean-up dive. After the dive, you will work with your instructor and fellow divers to sort, catalog, and weigh all the debris collected underwater. Once your survey is complete, it will be uploaded into the Dive Against Debris database.  


Do I Need My Own Dive Equipment?

Yes - if you are a scuba diver, you will need your entire scuba kit.


What Do I Do Next?

1. Purchase your PADI Dive Against Debris online course.

2. Register with Scuba Shack on our website.

3. Get your gear together.

4. Meet us at the dive site and get ready to make a difference.


Is There Anything Else?

Yes - everyone who takes the PADI Dive Against Debris course must complete liability forms and an Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire. Based on your responses, you may be required to have your physician clear you for recreational scuba diving. A fully completed medical questionnaire is an absolute requirement prior to any in-water activity with Scuba Shack.

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