Conservation Diver Foundation

The aim of the Conservation Diver Foundation is to not rely solely on governments to solve the problems faced by our oceans. But to instead increase the capacity and skill sets of local managers and divers around the globe to empower a new generation of action oriented conservationists. Through training courses we are giving people from many different backgrounds the knowledge to initiate action, and through our networks helping those who want to make a difference join up and realize their goals.

Support our programs and work around the globe with donations to Conservation Diver. You can contribute any amount, large or small, to help accelerate the work we are doing. All contributions received to our general fund go to support:

  • Scholarships for students and local reef managers
  • Supplies for local conservation centers
  • Development of new projects and programs on the ground
  • Supporting the development of our education materials and technology solutions to enhance learning
  • Develop a robust database that is useful researchers and user friendly for students and the public to easily access information


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All donations are tax-deductible and Paypal


See our non-profit profile

Conservation Diver Foundation is a registered US Charity, EIN: 82-2987996


Our Goals

Establish marine conservation centers globally, run by local communities, integrated into projects. Create a network of experts to empower communities in sustaining their environment, economy, and culture.

Our key strategies to making this happen:

Conservation Diver globally equips local reef managers with proven SCUBA techniques, fostering conservation, community capacity, and income through Eco-tourism and certification card sales. Their comprehensive package includes learning materials, certification, group trips, and scholarships.

Our capabilities

Published 25+ courses in marine fields, training thousands and producing 30+ scientific publications. Independently acclaimed for successful restoration projects (Hein, 2020). Global network spreads awareness, offers training, and fosters careers in conservation.

How will we know we are making progress?

Success is gauged by metrics including certified students, global training centers, scientific publications, local community involvement, careers facilitated in the industry, and the ecological and social impact of our training centers.

Scholarships and Grants

Conservation Diver is deeply committed to fostering the growth and development of future marine conservationists and researchers. To support this commitment, we offer scholarships and grants to empower students and our partner centers in their vital work for marine research, protection, and restoration.

Scholarships for Students

  • Who is Eligible: Primarily designed for students undertaking Master’s or PhD projects.
  • What We Offer: Scholarships provide training in our specialized techniques and cover the costs associated with dives to collect data or conduct specific projects.
  • Application Process: Opportunities for scholarships arise when we have available funding. Announcements are typically made through our social media channels and mailing list.
  • How to Inquire: Interested students can learn more by contacting us at We encourage you to seek detailed information about current opportunities, eligibility criteria, and application guidelines.

Grants for Partner Centers

  • Purpose: Our grants are tailored to support partner centers in projects contributing to marine research, protection, or restoration.
  • Funding: A portion of every course certification fee is allocated to our grant fund. This sustainable approach ensures a steady stream of support for meaningful projects.
  • Availability: Funds for grants become available around April each year.
  • Application Process: All partner centers are invited to submit a short proposal outlining their project and how it aligns with marine conservation goals. We value innovative and impactful project ideas that can make a real difference in the field.