Project aware shark conservation Course

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Project aware Shark Conservation Course


If you’re a diver, you likely already know that many shark species are critically endangered. But do you know why their numbers are decreasing and, more importantly, what you can do to help? The Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers working to protect the ocean, and its two main areas of concern are shark conservation and marine debris issues. To help divers and instructors become proactive, Project AWARE created the AWARE Shark Conservation specialty course in partnership with PADI.

You must be, at a minimum, an open-water certified diver age 12 years or older. The study guide is available online at no charge, so whether you’re already a PADI Instructor or a student, you can easily access the materials. The program features a few slides that can be personalized with local shark photos and information, which is an excellent way to learn about your local shark species if there are any. The PADI course includes two open-water dives, however, it’s not essential that you see sharks to earn the certification; rather, it’s more about learning the positive and negative impacts to sharks in the area. Non-diving friends and family can join for the presentation to learn about ways they too can help and will receive a certificate of attendance.

All profits from this course go to Project aware.


We offer the very highest level of PADI scuba diver education designed to teach you to scuba dive safely using the most up to date teaching practices. During this project aware shark conservation course we will spend the weekend away at a local aquarium where you will get to scuba dive with the sharks on both days of the weekend giving you an awesome experience while you are learning about shark conservation, you can even bring the family along to watch you and take pictures on your dive.
You can see what the dives are like with this from our last trip to run this course
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The price we tell you at the start is the price you will pay for the full course. Unlike some other dive centres, you won't need to pay extra for the open water dives or PADI books and fees including entry to you and a family member to the aquarium for the shark dives.

What you will learn on this course

The theory on this course covers
  • The unique physical attributes of sharks
  • The conservation status of sharks
  • Ecological traits that make sharks vulnerable
  • The importance of sharks to marine ecosystems
  • Major threats contributing to declines in shark populations
  • Key management strategies that can protect sharks
  • Value of sharks to local economies
  • List of personal actions you can take to protect sharks
  • Sharks in your local area or travel destination
  • Responsible environmental guidelines for diving with sharks


These courses are normally run during the winter where we can take advantage of the colder winter weather to scuba dive inside an aquarium with the sharks. Please contact us for the date of the next course


  • Access to the online meeting and a recorded version of it for you to look back on anytime afterward
  • A donation to Project aware (which you can add to if you wish)
  • Admission for you and a family member to the aquarium each day you are diving
  • PADI certification fee
  • In other words, everything you need to learn in a safe, friendly, and fun atmosphere.

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if this subject does interest you we also offer Project aware course where you will learn about Project aware, the dangers facing our seas and oceans and how you can help, and the project aware coral reef conservation course plus we run local clean-ups throughout the year to so you can help protect the oceans