Action Scuba becomes first Canadian 100% AWARE Facility
(DiverWire) Action Scuba Montreal has become the first Canadian scuba diving center to introduce the new 100% Aware program from the Project AWARE Foundation, further strengthening the operation’s ongoing commitment to global environmental conservation activities.
100% Aware, launched in late 2011, is a voluntary program that encourages PADI dive centers around the world to promote the work of Project AWARE, a non-profit organization that relies on financial support from environmentally concerned divers. All funds raised by the organization go towards collecting and removing devastating underwater debris worldwide, securing protection for the world’s threatened shark species, and engaging people in conservation efforts world globally.
As of February 2012, Action Scuba, a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center located in Montreal, Canada, will make a donation to Project AWARE of at least $10 for every student who completes a recreational scuba diving certification course with them. In exchange, the students will receive special limited edition Project Aware PADI certification cards, which stand out from the traditional cards held by others.
Student divers will also be welcome to make their own voluntary donations to complement those made by Action Scuba, and the dive shop will continue to organize other regular activities in support of Project Aware such as their popular annual Beach Clean-Up & Dive Against Debris and in-store collection of signatures for shark protection.
“Action Scuba has shown dedication to conservation for years through their participation in Project AWARE activities but their commitment to the 100% AWARE program makes them shine as they not only lead by example but demonstrate to their students the importance of supporting ocean protection. Thank you for leading the way,” said Lauren Wiskerson, Program Specialist, Project AWARE Foundation.
“We are genuinely pleased to be one of the first dive centres in the world to introduce 100% Aware, and the first in Canada to do so” says Gary Davis, president of and a PADI Master Instructor. “At Action Scuba we certify hundreds of scuba divers annually, and therefore our involvement in the 100% Aware program represents a substantial investment on our part in the work being done by Project AWARE. We feel strongly that conserving the marine environment is our responsibility as leaders in the diving community and we challenge all other local and global dive shops to follow suit and join us in the 100% Aware program.”