PADI, also known as the Professional Association of Diving Instructors is thrilled to announce an exceptional PADI AmbassaDiver, Indian actress, singer and Diver Parineeti Chopra. The actress, who has always loved the ocean, experienced the magic beneath the surface in 2013 when she took her first breath underwater in Bali. As soon as she surfaced from that dive, she was hooked - and protecting the ocean became very personal for her, receiving her PADI Open Water Diver certification later that year in Palau. Since then she has inspired others around the world–from her family and friends to fans in India– to try scuba diving so they can join her in seeking adventure and saving the ocean.
“A PADI AmbassaDiver is someone who is passionate about using their force for good to encourage others to protect our blue planet,” said Kristin Valette Wirth, Chief Brand and Membership Officer. “We could not be more honored and proud to partner with Ms. Chopra, a long-time ocean lover, on our shared mission to save the ocean. She is a very unique and shining example of how you can protect what you love - and inspire others to do the same.”
“The first time I came up to the surface after diving, I was crying because it was such a life-changing experience,” said Parineeti. “It is now something I can’t live without. I make sure I do a diving trip every 3 months despite my work schedule because it is my form of meditation. And it is the place I am immensely passionate about protecting.”
“We are all equal underwater and all speak the same language. Over the years I have seen the changes that have taken place beneath the surface. During my time as a brand ambassador for Tourism Australia, I witnessed the bleaching and damage that has occurred to the Great Barrier Reef. I was so sad to see so this and am now committed to being a diver with a purpose. I have also seen first-hand how marine reserves, like the ones in Sipadan and Palau, show how valuable protected areas are. As a PADI Diver, I want to make sure that our entire blue planet gets the protection it deserves,” she continued.
With over 67 million social media followers and having recently starred in the Netflix movie The Girl on the Train, Parineeti joins an elite group of celebrity influencers determined to take personal action and bring about real change for healthier oceans. Spending nearly all her free time diving around the world, the diva shares her love for the ocean with her fans, as diving is an important part of her life that allows her to return to nature and reset. She will work with PADI to encourage others to experience the beautiful world underwater as PADI Divers and join her in helping to achieve the balance between humanity and the ocean.