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.
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.
Pick the week you arrive at Camp from the available dates below. Takes about 1.5 hours in total.
Your session will be based on your schedule once you get to camp. Come to the dive locker with your paperwork and your availability on the first day you arrive to schedule your session. Make this one of the first things you firm up once at camp. Do not wait! Preference will be given to participants who are pre-registered before their week at camp vs. participants who sign up while at camp.
Pre-requisite: Open Water Certification; PADI Medical release signed by physician, and parent/guardian signed release.
FAQ's for Scout BSA - Camp Emerald Bay Programs
Get credit! Counts toward Master SCUBA Diver rating. 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.
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 website.