Ever thought about taking the plunge, so to speak, and becoming a certified scuba diver? I went diving for the first time last year for this Coastal Living story, and I am officially hooked. (Read all about it!) There’s nothing quite like the utterly weightless feel of gliding along underwater alongside marine life that seem to take you in as their own.
If you’ve been wanting to try it yourself, we have just the excuse you’ve been waiting for: July 16, 2016 marks the second annual international Women’s Dive Day, with more than 500 events scheduled in more than 70 countries geared toward encouraging more women to take up the sport.
PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, started this celebration to narrow the gender gap in certified divers: ““Recent studies show that woman account for only 35 percent of open water divers and just 23 percent of divers in continuing education courses,” says Kristin Valette, the chief marketing and business development officer of PADI Worldwide. “By coming together as an industry to celebrate women in diving, PADI hopes to cultivate the female diver community, attract new women to the sports of scuba diving and freediving, and motivate existing female divers to get back in the water and continue their dive training.”
Here are a few ways you can partake in the festivities, wherever you are!
- Attend one of the 500 events happening around the globe.
See if there’s one happening near you at padi.com/women-dive. Here are a few to note:
Great Lakes, Michigan—Team Sedna will host a “Big 5 Dive Event” where they’ll dive all five of the Great Lakes in 24 hours
Kamuela, Hawaii—Enjoy a deluxe dive boat experience complete with local foods, sparkling beverages and a two-tank morning dive
Lutwyche, Australia—Explore the underwater world like never before with a night dive during high tide
Juprelle, Belgium—All women are invited to enjoy a free Discover Scuba® Diving experience
Davie, Florida—Learn about marine conservation from a PADI Course Director and end the day with a famous shark dive
Larnaca, Cyprus—Advanced divers can explore the Zenobia Wreck while new divers can enjoy the abundance of marine sea life
Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt—Embark on a female-only boat trip to dive two extraordinary sites in the Red Sea
- Visit a PADI Center near you.
You’ll want to plan trips to these locations whether or not you suit up and dive.
For more information on Women’s Dive Day and to find an event near you, visit padi.com/women-dive. While the focus of the event is women and their accomplishments, anyone from all levels of diving are encouraged to take part and dive together on the same day. Get involved and raise awareness for women in diving through #PADIWOMEN.