Project AWARE Specialist

Project AWARE Specialist

Project AWARE Specialist

Want to make a difference? By completing the Project AWARE Specialty you’ll become more aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.

Project AWARE’s philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference.

During this classroom based Specialty, you will find out more about environmental issues in the ocean commons and coastal zones.

You’ll learn more about fisheries, their challenges and sustainability problems, what’s happening to coral reefs and reef inhabitants and your role in protecting aquatic environments.

As this is a classroom based course, non-divers are welcome to join us and gain international recognition for their conservation work.

This course may also count towards the prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.


Standard Course: £99

Executive Option: additional £25 on Standard Course fee.

Elite Option: We’ll come to you! For an additional £50* on the Standard Course fee we’ll complete the training at your own facilities.

Special rates apply for schools; please get in touch for full details.


Min Age: No age limit

Medically Fit: No medical statement required.

Ability: No previous diving or snorkelling experience required.

This course is available to anyone with an interest in learning.

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Knowledge Development 

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.

The Project AWARE Specialty course references information in the digital manual – AWARE – Our World, Our Water – downloadable for free from the Project AWARE website. You can have a read through in preparation for the classroom session.

Through classroom discussions, you’ll learn more about:

  • How Project AWARE unites scuba divers and water enthusiasts to make a difference.
  • Environmental issues in the ocean commons and coastal zones.
  • Fisheries challenges and sustainability problems.
  • What’s happening to coral reefs and reef inhabitants.
  • Your role in protecting aquatic environments.

As there are no dives to be completed, this course can be completed by anyone with an interest in Project AWARE and marine conservation.

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

As this is a classroom based course, no specialist equipment is required. NHDC will provide the tea and biscuits!

As this is a classroom based course, this can be held all year round! To help get things started, we have arranged a couple of dates for when the classroom is free.

New Horizons aims to be flexible with arranging courses to suit your schedule so if the scheduled dates are not convenient please give us a call to discuss suitable alternatives.

 On all of our Project AWARE Specialty course options you will receive…

  • Coaching and on-going support from an experienced, passionate and professional PADI Instructor
  • 2 hours (minimum) Knowledge Development (held at the NHDC Classroom)
  • FREE refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) supplied by NHDC
  • Course materials
  • PADI Certification


Standard Course

All of the above.

Knowledge Development 

There is no course manual to read through and complete in preparation for the day. You can still get yourself prepared for what’s in store by reading the AWARE – Our World, Our Water digital manual, downloadable for free from the Project AWARE website.


Standard Course

Complete the Project AWARE Specialty course using one of our standard schedules.


Executive Option

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. We’ll complete the Knowledge Development at your own facilities. With no dives to be completed, there’s a whole world of possibilities


Payment Plans

A single £50 deposit will allow us to 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. 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!