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 your local dive sites healthier by removing trash.

The Training

The PADI Dive Against Debris course includes two parts: 

  • Knowledge Development – starting off with online learning material, which you can read through before you arrive at home, you will then complete a classroom session with an instructor covering the following topics:
    • About marine debris, the damage it causes, 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.
  • Open Water Cleanup and Survey Dive – Over the course of 1 day you will conduct one open water cleanup dive with an instructor. During your dive, you will conduct a Dive Against Debris® survey, including weighing, sorting, recording, disposing and reporting your marine debris to Project AWARE.


    • Age: 12 years old and above
    • PADI Open Water Diver and above, or equivalent, from an alternative agency
    • Good physical health – You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us




  • Digital learning material + certification
  • 1 open water cleanup dive and survey
  • Transport to and from dive sites
  • 10% offer on Aqua Lung and APEKS dive accessories
  • Lifetime membership of the Wreckheads Club

Time commitment 

1 day