Divers (scuba divers, free-divers, & snorkelers) from all walks of life who have come together to be the much-needed voice for underwater environments worldwide. We leverage our unique capacity to see how rapidly the underwater world is changing to advance restoration and protection efforts in the local environments we explore and love. Since 2009, Project Baseline has been systematically documenting changes in the underwater world to facilitate scientific studies and establish protection for these critical underwater environments.
Project Baseline started as the conservation initiative for Global Underwater Explorers (GUE), a scuba diving organization formed in 1999 to bring a team-oriented approach to diver training and develop divers capable of contributing to exploration and conservation endeavors worldwide. Project Baseline was started in 2009 when some of GUE’s leaders realized that they’d fallen into the category of elder divers lamenting the degradation and loss of once stunningly beautiful underwater places due to the seemingly inevitable decline associated with progress and development. The idea for Project Baseline was quite simply a refusal to give into that notion of inevitability.
By 2019, it became clear that, in order to clearly demonstrate PB’s commitment to working with all divers and non-divers alike in the pursuit of conservation, the time had come to establish the Project Baseline effort as an independent exclusively conservation-focused 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Project Baseline continues to work closely with GUE. GUE divers across the world continue to constitute the majority of the teams who are regularly engaging in the Project Baseline mission and GUE continues to sponsor Project Baseline both monetarily and through incorporation of the Project Baseline mission into their training programs and messaging.