New OWSI Become AWARE Shark Conservation Instructors

September Instructors with resident PADI CD Richard after their AWARE Shark Conservation Speciality Instructor Course

“Our September IDC candidates and newly qualified PADI OWSI are a very conservation minded bunch,” remarked resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann during the recent AWARE Shark Conservation Speciality Instructor Course.

“They’re all very keen to spread this information,” he said.

Indeed, the new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors who qualified during our September IDC were very excited about advocating for sharks and their fight for survival.

Richard and Downbelow are passionate about conservation and have a soft spot for sharks in particular.

“That’s why,” said Richard, “when any of our IDC candidates sign up for the MSDT program, we include the AWARE Shark Conservation Speciality Course for free.”

Richard explained that not only does Downbelow include the course at no cost, but PADI actually donates the course fee to Project AWARE to assist them in continuing their conservation efforts.

“I firmly believe,” Richard concluded, “as a team we can make a difference.”

He wished the new AWARE Shark Conservation Speciality Course Instructors all the best and hope that they will have loads of fun teaching this speciality to new students.

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