PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty

PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty

PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty

Do you want to make a difference on every dive but are not sure where to start? The PADI Dive Against Debris specialty could be just the thing you’re looking for! You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to activate your inner citizen scientist while helping the marine environment every time you dive.

You’ve probably seen it first-hand; marine debris can be unsightly, dangerous to marine species and hazardous to humans.

You understand the devastating impact that litter has on our ocean environments, but do you also know the important role that scuba divers can play in preventing, removing and reporting debris found underwater?

Through the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty you’ll become empowered to help a growing movement of debris activists across the globe to safely collect and record the litter polluting our aquatic environment. You could even help inform government policy changes.

As you complete the single open water dive, you’ll practice a range of skills to help you locate, remove and record debris. You’ll then go on to record your findings to Project AWARE.

This course will also count towards the prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating and the dive of this Specialty course may count towards the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. 


Basic Course: £165

Standard Course: £172.99

Executive Option: additional £50 on Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee.

Elite Option: We’ll come to you! For an additional £100 on the Basic, Standard or Deluxe Course fee we’ll complete the training at your own facilities.


Min Age: 12 years old

Medically Fit: Complete this Medical Statement and have GP countersign if required.

Ability: You will need to be PADI Open Water Diver (or Junior Open Water Diver) certified, or equivalent, to enroll onto this course.

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Knowledge Development 

As part of the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty Course, you’ll complete some Knowledge Development before the good bit starts.

With no course manual required to be read through and completed before you meet the NHDC Team, this promises to be a fun and informal course.

You can get ready for the fun bits by reading the Dive Against Debris Survey Guide, the Marine Debris Identification Guide and the Dive Against Debris Data Card which will be provided by your instructor. There is no other course material to collect and complete in preparation for the dives.


Open Water Dive

After discussing the issue of marine debris, what it is and where it comes from you will plan and execute a single dive at an open water site.

Armed with mesh bags, you will work on collecting litter and safely returning it to shore. You will inspect your collection, recording your finds and uploading the information on a global database.

Your local actions will contribute to a clean, healthy future for the ocean.

We’ll provide everything you need. We pride ourselves on ensuring there are no hidden costs.

We will provide all the basic, as well as any specialised, equipment for diving while clearing the site of any litter. Comfort is everything in scuba diving, therefore if you already have your own equipment, we’d encourage you to bring it along to keep you warm and comfortable while completing the clean up!

Knowledge Development takes the form of an informal discussion about marine litter, it’s origins and impact, and will be completed with the NHDC team before the dive.

While this course can be completed at one of our usual inland sites, the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course is best completed on one of our trips, where we can ensure your efforts are for an important cause and really will be appreciated.

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule so please give us a call to discuss suitable alternatives.

 On all of our PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course options you will receive…

  • Coaching and on-going support from an experienced, passionate and professional PADI Instructor
  • Equipment Orientation (particularly when using specialised equipment)
  • 1 hours (minimum) Knowledge Review (held with the NHDC Team)
  • 45 minutes (minimum) Open Water dive
  • FREE rental of all required equipment (including, but not limited to: cylinders & air fills, dive computer, fins, mask, snorkel, drysuit & undersuit, specialist equipment [e.g. mesh bags and lift bags])
  • Course materials (includes Dive Against Debris Survey Guide, the Marine Debris Identification Guide and the Dive Against Debris Data Card)
  • PADI Certification

Please note, our course fees covers equipment rental, PADI Certification fees etc, but do not cover entry fees to open water dive sites or any trip fees. These vary according to location; please ask for further details.


Basic Course

All of the above.


Standard course

All of the above, plus Mesh Bag.

Knowledge Development 

There is no course manual to read through and complete in preparation for the dives. But you can still get yourself prepared for what’s in store by reading the Dive Against Debris Survey Guide, the Marine Debris Identification Guide and the Dive Against Debris Data Card provided by your NHDC PADI instructor.

Your instructor will then help you learn more about:

  • Marine debris, the damage done, 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.
  • The use of photography and knowing what to leave behind.
  • How to make your survey count by reporting the debris you’ve collected to maximise your survey’s benefits.

Open Water Dive 

During a single dive, you’ll put into practice the theory; safely collecting and recording marine debris as you explore the dive site. Once back on shore, you’ll go through what you’ve collected, weighing and recording it all before reporting your findings on a global database.


Basic Course

Complete the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course using one of our standard schedules.


Standard Course

Complete the PADI Dive Against Debris Specialty course using one of our standard schedules. Take your own mesh bag with you, allowing you to Dive Against Debris any time you enter the water.


Executive Option

While ideally suited to being completed on one of our trips, this Specialty can also be completed at one of our preferred inland sites. Our standard schedules are designed to offer flexibility. However, if these aren’t convenient, or if you feel you’d benefit from the more personal touch, we can tailor our schedules to a more bespoke timetable.

This executive option allows a 1:1 program, giving you the chance to work with a member of the NHDC team to become a master of scuba diving.


Elite Option

If you have access to your own facilities, we can come to you! We will work with you to make a truly tailor-made course schedule. Use the course materials of your choice and when you’re ready, we’ll complete the Skills Development at your own facilities. Choose to join us at our usual open water dive sites, or let us escort you overseas. There’s a whole world of possibilities.


Trip Completion

This course can be conducted and completed on one of our trips. Please get in touch with the team to discuss this option and applicable discounts.


Payment Plans

A single £50 deposit will allow us to reserve your place and issue the relevant course materials.

Further installment payments can be made with the final balance paid before the open water weekend (or final pool session if completing the Referral option). Talk to us about installment payment options.

Let us know you want to join us! Simply send us a Course Booking Form and completed Medical Statement. Once we’ve received your deposit we’ll issue your course materials, so you can get started straight away!

Get in touch for our bank account details or to make payment over the phone.

Your place will be confirmed on receipt of the Course Medical Statement (Countersigned by a GP if required). Please note, we will not be able to start any in water activities without one!