How To Get Involved

By contributing to Project Baseline, you are joining a global team of concerned and invested citizens who share underwater observations, normally inaccessible to the public, with divers and non-divers alike. We welcome volunteer participation from all divers rather you’re an advanced technical diver, a beginning scuba diver, a free diver, or a snorkeler.


At the most basic level, we ask our volunteers to perform six simple tasks while they go about their regular diving activities:

1. Take pictures of the underwater environment they’re exploring;

2. Keep the focus of the pictures on identifiable features – as opposed to their friends or their gear;

3. Make the pictures as reproducible as possible – the overall goal being to record change through time;

4. Record the location of the site they’re documenting – using GPS, Google Earth, charts, etc.;

5. Record the temperature and visibility too if practicable; and

6. Send the pictures and observations to us so we can add them to our database.

We hope getting involved will inspire you to do more, and for those who do, we’re there to help.

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Project Baseline does not support diving activities that are beyond your certification/experience level or outside of your comfort zone. When diving to engage in Project Baseline, you do so in the same manner as if you were diving with friends. If you have doubts about any aspect of a Project Baseline dive, your diving partner(s) or team, choose not to participate until your concerns are satisfactorily addressed.