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Ocean Conservation

Ocean Conservation




Lahaina Divers has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the environment through its course offerings, and partnering with organizations such as PADI AWARE. We continue to learn, grow and share information with divers so that we can all take part in protecting fragile coral reefs and threatened ocean species.

calendarNonprofit PADI AWARE works with scuba divers across the globe to protect underwater environments. Since its establishment in 1989, the community has grown to become a worldwide network of over 180,000 divers. To date, the volunteers have removed worldwide over one million pieces of trash from the ocean. The organization is involved in many other conservation programs and advocacy.

Our PADI 5-Star IDC Center has committed to ocean protection through the 100% AWARE partnership. Lahaina Divers makes a donation to PADI AWARE on behalf of each student we certify. These contributions provide vital funds for marine debris prevention and shark and ray protection. In addition, conservation messages are woven into classes we teach and on-board dive briefings.

Learn more about ocean conservation through these two courses:

PADI AWARE Fish Identification

“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the AWARE – Fish Identification Specialty course.

You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species.
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies.
  • About PADI AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life

Cost: $179.00 not including price of charter. Charter of your choice is discounted $20 for specialty students. Available to Open Water Diver ages 10 and up; Adventures in Diving Manual with Knowledge Review completed.

PADI AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems.

Through classroom discussions, you learn:

  • How coral reefs function and the complex nature of life on a reef.
  • Why coral reefs are so important.
  • Why many coral reefs are in serious trouble.
  • What you can do to prevent further decline.
  • How PADI AWARE unites divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference.

Cost: $179.00. Course takes approximately four hours and is completed in our shop. Open to divers and non-divers of any age.