Help Protect Oceans with Project AWARE

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Project AWARE Koh Tao – Protecting our Ocean planet 

Become a Project AWARE specialty diver and help protect our oceans, seas and waterways to increase awareness and educate others.

This specialty course is designed to introduce you to Project AWARE and provide guidance so that it will inspire you to take action, spread the word and help to bring positive change for our oceans.

Project AWARE Specialty Course Koh Tao
Project AWARE Specialty Course Koh Tao

Project AWARE Marine Protector

The course will introduce you to Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet.

Our Project AWARE specialty course will help guide you towards personal commitments and actions that will help the environment.

By taking this course, it will contribute to you becoming a more competent and environmentally friendly scuba diver, freediver and snorkeler.

Learn to understand the correct ways to passively interact with marine life and the underwater environment.

Ocean Ambassador

Be an Ocean ambassador and set a good example to others, be a role model and raise awareness. 

We hope this course and your training experience with us, will inspire you to speak up and act, educate others and join the movement to protect our oceans.

Make a difference and learn how to help now.


Project AWARE Specialty Course Koh Tao

The Project AWARE specialty course on Koh Tao includes:

  • Project AWARE Ten Ways a Dive Can Protect the Underwater Environment posters
  • The Ugly Journey of our Trash poster
  • Optional practical session involving an Open Water snorkel experience
  • PADI Certification card
  • Black Turtle Dive customer (and environmental) promise

To enrol on a Project AWARE specialty course you must:

  • Have an interest in protecting our ocean planet
Project AWARE Specialty Koh Tao
Project AWARE Specialty Koh Tao

1 Day Koh Tao Project AWARE Course

The course consists of two sections:

Knowledge Development

  • Attend the Project AWARE presentations
  • Participate in all the ‘take action’ workshops
  • Watch The Ugly Journey of our Trash video
  • Complete the Project AWARE knowledge review

Optional Open Water snorkeling session.

Project AWARE Course Cost: 4,000 baht


At Black Turtle Dive we take our customer promise very seriously. All courses are conducted with a maximum of 4 students per PADI Instructor.

Our Diving Instructors are highly trained and will ensure you receive lots of attention and most importantly, progress at your own pace in a relaxed environment.

During your training we will slowly build your confidence and ability as you develop the skills necessary to become a competent marine protector and Project AWARE specialist.

Green Sea Turtle Koh Tao
Green Sea Turtle Koh Tao

Project AWARE Specialty Course Schedule

The Project AWARE course schedule at Black Turtle Dive is flexible and we can work around your own personal needs and timeframe.

Please ask us about any special requests you have either via email or on one of the messenger apps on this page. 

Course Schedule

Day 1:

09.00 – 11.30: Orientation & Knowledge Development
12.30 – 14.00: Knowledge Development

15.00 – 16.30 Optional practical / snorkeling session

You are now a certified Project AWARE specialist.


Project AWARE course Information

Orientation & Knowledge Development

We start the Project AWARE specialty course at 09.00 with an Orientation that includes completion of paperwork and the PADI Medical statement.

The Project AWARE specialty course is suitable for all ages and both divers and non-divers.

Snorkel Dive - Project AWARE Koh Tao
Snorkel Dive – Project AWARE Koh Tao

Snorkeling Dive

There are no mandatory scuba dives involved, however, at Black Turtle Dive we like to offer all our Project AWARE students an optional snorkeling dive.

The course outline follows Project AWARE’s Ten Ways a Dive Can Protect the Underwater Environment, elaborating on each one as we go along in the form of take action workshops.

There is an open book knowledge review with 10 questions that your specialty instructor will guide you through and review.

The Instructor led knowledge development is conducted over approximately 5 hours.

The subjects you will cover are:

  • Be a buoyancy expert
  • Be a role model
  • Take only photos, leave only bubbles
  • Protect only underwater marine life
  • Become a debris activist
  • Make responsible seafood choices
  • Take action, speak out for conservation
  • Be an Eco tourist
  • Shrink your carbon footprint
  • Give back to the Ocean
Land Conservation - Beach Clean Koh Tao
Land Conservation – Beach Clean Koh Tao


Project AWARE Specialist – Be a Marine Protector

Practical assignment (optional but highly recommended)

There are No training dives to complete to become a Project AWARE specialist. However, at Black Turtle Dive we offer an optional practical experience that includes snorkeling.

During our Black Turtle Dive Project AWARE practical experience, we discuss role model snorkeling behavior and techniques.

Beach Clean Up Koh Tao

We will organize a beach shoreline clean up that will involve snorkeling in shallow water.

We will introduce you to basic concepts used with our Dive Against Debris surveys including whether or not to remove objects and the type of marine debris we should report.

We also take photos that we can use on social media to make a post, so that we can help to educate our friends and families on the importance of being a marine protector.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Project AWARE Organisation?

Project AWARE is a nonprofit organization working with volunteer scuba divers, creating a global movement for ocean protection.

The organization was created over 25 years ago by PADI and is now active as a separate nonprofit organization with global reach in over 182 countries. Their vision is a return to a clean and healthy ocean.

How long is the Project AWARE Specialty course for on Koh Tao?

The Project AWARE Specialty course takes 1/2 day to complete on Koh Tao. The specialty course can be combined with certain other courses in the PADI curriculum.

You will meet your instructor to go through the theory portion of the course and you will learn about the Project AWARE foundation and the aquatic world.

We will discuss the role of coral reefs and how aquatic resources are in danger. On top of that, we will review your role and responsibilities in protecting the underwater environment.

What is the cost of Dive Against Debris Specialty course on Koh Tao?

The cost of the Project AWARE Specialty is THB 4,000. Included in this price are all course materials and instructor fees. Ex-students will enjoy a 10% discount on the specialty course price.

Any person with an interest in the aquatic environment can enroll on the course, diver or non-diver.

What does Project AWARE do on Koh Tao?

Project AWARE aims to reduce underwater impacts of marine debris globally and locally and on Koh Tao, they can achieve this through AWARE specialty programs.

They also work towards achieving success in reaching their goals through their citizen science program Dive Against Debris.

Divers around the world can join and perform marine debris surveys after which they can submit the data online. This collected data will help to force policy change.

Over recent years, more than 60,000 divers in over 114 countries have removed over 1.6 million debris items from the ocean.

By doing this, they reduce the amount of pollution in the ocean and help save marine life from the effects of marine debris.

More recently, they have introduced the AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty aimed at protecting sharks and rays around the globe.

Ask us about our Project AWARE specialty courses and how you can get involved.

Who can sign up for the Project AWARE Specialty course?

Anyone with an interest in the aquatic environment can sign up for the Project AWARE Specialty.

There is no minimum age requirement for the course and both divers and non-divers can enroll for the specialty course certification.