MY OCEAN NEWS
Domino Albert, Project AWARE Communications Manager
Like many divers, I have a strong personal affinity for the ocean. For me, that connection originally came from the PADI® system of diver education. As I advanced through diver training during the early years of my scuba career, PADI courses continuously encouraged my environmental awareness and taught me conservation philosophies that emphasize the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems, My PADI training opened my eyes not only to the beauty of the ocean, but to my responsibility as a diver to protect it. Sounds like Project AWARE®, I hear you say! Yes, but don’t be mistaken - Project AWARE is so much more than the PADI project it started as back in the late 80s. What started as a diver education project soon coalesced into a remarkable global movement of passionate divers who share a deep connection with the ocean and take action for its protection, and in 1992, Project AWARE was founded as its own independent non-profit ocean conservation organization. This year, Project AWARE celebrates 25 years of action for the ocean - 25 years of protecting marine wildlife and fragile marine habitats through science, education, influence and community action. Over the past quarter of a century, Project AWARE has demonstrated a deep commitment to bringing together a worldwide community battling ocean threats where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to directly affect real, long-term positive change. In 2017, Project AWARE is reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the future to further strengthen its mission and vision.