Dive Against Debris Specialty

Dive Against Debris Specialty

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.

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 do you need to start?

  • You need to be at least 12 years old or older
  • You need to be a PADI certified Open Water diver (Junior Open Water diver) or equivalent
  • To complete a medical self certification statement. If there are any health concerns you will need to take the questionnaire to your doctor for a final check before diving. Click here to go to the form/s you need to complete before starting this course.

What will 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.

Get credit! The dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

How long does it take?

  • A classroom session
  • One day at open water to complete the 2 dives

What’s included in the price?

  • Speciality PADI materials
  • PADI course fees and certification



Where can you go from here?

You are now equipped to dive in the UK all year round, come and join our scuba club on our dive trips…

You may wish to consider other specialities which will extend your skills and knowledge as a diver, such as PADI Enriched Air Diver Speciality or PADI Wreck Speciality (have a look at the list there are many specialities to choose from).

You can aim for PADI Master Scuba Diver through completing 5 speciality courses, and a minimum of 50 logged dives. The PADI Master Scuba Diver places you in an elite group of experienced and respected divers, a real achievement.