PADI AWARE Foundation is a publicly funded non-profit with three registered charities across the globe. Our mission is to drive local action for global ocean conservation. We advance our mission through citizen science, public policy and community grants. With PADI - the world's leading scuba diver training organization - we drive towards our collective vision to achieve balance between humanity and the ocean.
For over 30 years, PADI and AWARE have built a truly unique voice for the protection of the underwater world. Together, we have set ambitious ocean conservation targets through a shared Blueprint for OceanAction that commits to actions that combat climate change, help create marine protected areas and protect vulnerable species.
Backed by the power of the PADI® brand and supported by the world’s largest global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts and more than 128,000 professional members worldwide, PADI AWARE Foundation can fully leverage the collective influence of divers and the dive industry to address key threats facing the marine environment.
You can take PADI conservation courses on whale sharks, coral, sea turtles, you name it, but until now, there haven’t been any courses focusing on one of the greatest contributors to our ocean ecosystems: Whales!
This whale conservation specialty was created as a way to introduce both divers and non-divers to whale conservation. By introducing students to whale biology & evolution, as well as the value of whales to both marine ecosystems and economies, the threats whale populations are facing, and current whale conservation management strategies, we hope to inspire a community of informed and passionate whale defenders who take action to help protect whales. Whether you have experienced whales in the wild, or hope to one day, this course is for everyone of all ages, divers and non divers alike, and no previous experience required.
Upon completion of the classroom session, knowledge review, & whale defender action plan with our experienced instructors, you will receive the PADI Whale Defender: Whale Conservation Specialty certification.
The Learning Materials
Our experiences and courses require a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.
Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.
If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN), or your own Doctor.
You will not be able to participate in any pool or open water sessions without confirming your fitness to dive.
This is one of our specialist course and we run them as custom courses to enroll please book the course making your purchase online through our website.
You will then receive an email asking for some more details to get you registered and also offering some help to get you started with your online materials. We will contact you to arrange more details on logistics of your course, such where to be and when.
If you are unsure simply contact us to discuss this further.