Project AWARE Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Environment, Philanthropy, Water

Location: 30151 Tomas St Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688 USA

Mission: Project AWARE Foundation mobilizes the world’s divers into a global force to protect our ocean planet. We’re focusing in on two major ocean issues –Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, or trash in our ocean. Truly, there are many conservation issues converging on our ocean planet at once, but we’re concentrating on these serious problems where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to directly and positively affect real, long-term change in these two areas. We’re ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe.
Results: From supporting grass roots Ocean Action Projects to stopping marine debris via your Dive Against Debris surveys and securing shark conservation measures globally, Project AWARE is at the forefront of marine protection. What’s more, Project AWARE supports divers with the tools and resources to join in campaigns and activities that contribute to advancing the health of the ocean for future generations. We’ve removed millions of cigarette butts from the ocean floor and way too many toilets to mention. We’ve rescued hundreds of entangled sea turtles, dolphins and sharks – one by one - setting them free from discarded fishing gear. We’ve pounded the pavement and flooded the halls of local governments, insisting on better protections for manta rays, hammerheads and sawfish. We’ve made history by helping create one of the world's largest marine reserve in Australia. On the front lines, partnering with ocean heroes in all corners of the globe, we work every day to make the ocean healthier, more alive.
Target demographics: protect the ocean and the communities who depend on it
Direct beneficiaries per year: remove over 95,000 lbs of devastating debris from underwater environments.
Geographic areas served: more than 180 countries
Programs: We’re focused on two major ocean issues –Sharks in Peril and Marine Debris, or trash in our ocean. Truly, there are many conservation issues converging on our ocean planet at once, but we’re concentrating on these serious problems where scuba divers are uniquely positioned to directly and positively affect real, long-term change in these two areas.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer and donor - I have personally had the opportunity to help on several projects co-ordinated by Project Aware such as Underwater Clean-ups (Earth Day in particular), and through the dive centre Sunshine Divers on Koh Tao - Thailand. We conduct Monthly Clean Up dives and Beach Clean-ups where we then submit the the quantity and type of Marine Debri on the Project Aware - My Oceans Page - all data is kept to see how much debri has been removed from our Oceans. We have also created awareness through the Project Aware Specialty program "Shark Conservation Awareness" and through this have raised money by our Swim for Sharks" on Koh Tao which is then donated to Project Aware in our efforts to protect the Sharks and create further awareness.

Project Aware has been a huge support to Koh Tao where they helped fund the island organization Save Koh Tao, so that more garbage bins were located on the island to prevent waste going into the ocean.

Through the 100% AWARE donation by divers on completion of their PADI Certification, it has enabled us to teach divers more about protecting the reef through their interactions underwater - expressing how important it is to have good buoyancy techniques to avoid damaging the corals and aquatic marine life and also on what type of debri should be removed from the ocean during clean ups.

Project Aware has provided the foundation for both divers and non-divers to learn more on how to conserve our environment. A huge thank you to Project Aware for their dedication and complete support to both individuals and dive centers - worldwide.


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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project AWARE does a good job of raising awareness of the issue of ocean debris and the pressure on certain species, like sharks, involving divers and reaching out to the general public.
I have been carrying out underwater and beach cleanups and submitting my data to Project AWARE for the past 10 years, and have always received immediate feedback..

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I have arranged several events with Project AWARE. Their support for all of the events I have arranged has been fantastic. They provide excellent resources to enable people to go ahead and arrange for fundraising, reef clean ups and educating people about conserving our oceans. I am also very impressed with their proactive approach to getting world policies and approaches to issues such as shark finning changed.

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Great Work and support in Ocean Protection and Conservation. We will keep giving support for this great cause and project to keep our oceans healthy. Thank you project AWARE.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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As PADI PRO and Project AWARE's volunteer/donor we join forces and work together throughout environmental awareness issues. Project AWARE is deeply commited to environment's protection and conservation as well as education.

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My first experience with the Project AWARE Foundation happened in April 2001, when I took my first PADI scuba diving certification course in the Philippines. Learning to scuba dive opened up a whole new, beautiful world to me, one with which I immediately fell in love. My dive instructor told me about Project AWARE and I made a donation, not yet fully understanding the importance of what I had just done. Then I began to learn from Project AWARE about the ocean's plight and the impact we humans have on it. This was deeply influential, and it was arguably this experience which set me on a path to pursue a career in ocean conservation. Fast forward 13 years, and I now have a law degree focusing on international environmental and animal law and 7 years as an ocean conservationist under my belt. Knowing what I do now about the dire need for ocean conservation and having a deeper understanding of the different players involved in global efforts to protect it, I am more impressed by the important work done by Project AWARE than ever before. I still have my original PADI dive card with the Project AWARE logo in the lower right-hand corner--I keep it as a reminder that there is much work to be done for our ocean, and also that there are good people out there who are doing it. If you are looking to support an organization that will maximize the results achieved thanks to your dollar (and/or your time spent volunteering), I strongly recommend supporting Project AWARE.

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Hi everyone
My name is Mahmoud Elaskary ,I PADI course Director I like share my experience with you I always love the sea like every one of you , but when you love someone you should give him more care ,it’s not only for you it for the next generations , about myself as diving educator I always teach the kids how to have positive interaction with the sea before and after dive and I got a lot of hands and tips for Project AWAER team I ask all of you to support to keep our ocean save as much as you can .

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Rating: 5 stars  

The ocean world simply cannot do without Project Aware. Through their education and awareness programmes they constantly remind us how important the oceans are not only for divers but for the entire human kind and they push us to make responsible decision every day. Through lobbying and clean-up sctivities they have have achieved some amazing results in the conservation of marine species and preservation of the oceans' health. As a professional diver and as a citizen of the world I can only say: thank you Project Aware!

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Who can talk better about ocean life than whose life is dedicated to sharing their knowledge and working in a chain of awareness all over the world. The deep involvement of the project AWARE teams begins with those whose life is dedicated to diving and sharing their passion. The protection of sharks has started to reach consciences as essential for our future environment. The message is not pessimism but action and enthousiasm ... please do anything you can to support Project AWARE.

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There is no other organization that do as much for bringing our oceans to the fore than Project Aware. I've been following them for over twenty years and they have worked tirelessly in bringing important news and facts to the diving world.

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