Dive for Cancer Raises Record Funds

It’s a devastating fact that 1 in 2 people in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer before their 85th birthday (source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). So it’s only natural to want to raise much needed funds for research into this widespread disease.

In 2013, PADI Divemaster and Cancer Council Ambassador Mark Tozer created Dive for Cancer, a unique scuba diving fund raising event. Since then, Dive for Cancer has grown into a non-profit organisation that brings together divers all over Australia and beyond to raise much needed funds for cancer research.

This year, there have been three Dive for Cancer events hosted in Queensland, South Australia and, for the first time, New Zealand.

Speaking about the event in South Australia, Mark Tozer said:

“This year the weather favoured our sell-out event, enabling 150 divers to dig deep in our underwater passion and joint goal in the fight toward a future without cancer.

Year on year we have seen our event grow and the generosity and donations increase. We are overwhelmed to say that together we’ve raised $29,388.86 at this year’s event.”

Despite the weather in New Zealand trying to keep divers away (roads were closed following a cyclone) it was a great day there too with 14 dedicated divers raising an awesome $1,315NZD.

It’s always incredible to see the diving community come together to support a cause and Dive for Cancer is no exception.

Congratulations to Mark, the Dive for Cancer team and everyone who got involved in this year’s events.

PADI Joins Forces with Mission Blue to Help Protect the World’s Ocean

PADI® and Mission Blue™ have forged a formal partnership to help increase the level of protection of our world’s ocean. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. At the heart of this effort is a global campaign to build public support for the protection of Hope Spots — special places that are vital to the health of the ocean.

Hope Spots are about recognising, empowering and supporting individuals and communities around the world in their efforts to protect the ocean. By activating its global network of divers and dive professionals, the PADI family will further bring attention to marine areas in a worldwide network targeted for enhanced protection.

“Mission Blue is thrilled to partner with PADI to bring awareness to divers around the world about the value of Hope Spots,” says Laura Cassiani, Executive Director of Mission Blue. “Divers are an important voice in the global coalition for greater marine conservation because they know first-hand the beauty and fragility of marine ecosystems. We believe deeply that this exciting new collaboration between PADI and Mission Blue will ignite broad support for further ocean conservation around the world. Onward and downward!”

In November 2016, PADI announced our Four Pillars of Change social and environmental responsibility program. Devised to elevate the PADI mission to be best in and for the world, the Four Pillars will help connect the PADI community to the ocean causes they care about. Program efforts will be focused on building awareness of important issues affecting ocean health, strengthening dive communities and dive infrastructure, and forming global alliances that will engage and mobilize PADI Dive Centres, Resorts, dive professionals, and divers to be a global force for good.

“Connecting PADI Divers and Members with the Hope Spots program provides them with actionable opportunities to have a lasting impact on the future of our blue planet,” says Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide. “Through our partnership, PADI and Mission Blue hope to educate divers and ignite support for Hope Spots with the long-term goal of formally protecting more areas of our world’s ocean.”

PADI will showcase a different Hope Spot each month, such as the Coral Triangle and the Saanich Inlet, to give divers a deeper insight into these vital ecosystems and the need to safeguard them as protected areas. In the coming months, PADI Divers will learn more about some of the best Hope Spots for diving and have an opportunity to nominate new Hope Spots.

If governments, civilian organisations and communities work together to formally protect Hope Spots, these special marine environments can form the seeds of tomorrow’s healthy ocean. Currently, only 5% of the world’s oceans are protected. By joining forces, the goal set forth by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress to protect 30 percent of our world’s oceans by 2030 is reachable.