Braden McPhillips

Water Challenge Ambassador

Greenville, NC

Braden is a high school freshman who became a certified SCUBA diver 4 years ago, achieved open water, advanced, nitrox and master diver certifications, and has completed over 100 dives from North Carolina to Florida. With a passion and interest in environmental conservation, Braden’s future educational plans and aspirations include marine biology, diving, and maritime archaeology. As a volunteer and Student Advisory Board member for Love A Sea Turtle - LAST, he has been trained to lead projects, has engaged thousands of at-risk youth in nature-based activities and water quality programs, and has helped to protect and preserve the environment. He is a co-creator of Keep Your Bottom Clean, an initiative to collect marine debris promoting a healthy marine ecosystem that has collected and removed thousands of pounds of trash from our waterways, and he has also partnered with NAUI Green Diver, NOAA and other dive shops to promote and increase awareness of ocean conservation efforts. Braden is eager and excited to increase his knowledge and broaden his impact as a member of the Water Challenge Ambassadors' program.