A Dive That Didn’t Go to Plan

Sarah Ward ascent from the Valiant, Pittwater

A few weeks ago I was asked by the BBC to be part of a very special program called The Conversation in whichKim Chakanetsa presents a conversation between two women from different cultures about their paths to success in the same field.  Over a dozen women from almost as many countries were interviewed for the program and it was an absolute honour to be selected.

We talk about everything from how we got into maritime archaeology, to what it is like being a female on a dive boat (think ‘bikini crisis’) to safety, motivations and much much more.

For me, the best part about the whole experience was getting to know Jo Sakhanaprasit and to hear first-hand how a girl from the mountains grew to be Thailand’s first female maritime archaeologist (and how two women from different parts of the world who are like chalk and cheese and who have never met have had remarkably similar experiences).

The program goes to air in the UK tomorrow 1230 local time. You can tune in online here.

In the meantime, here’s a little clip in which I talk about a dive that didn’t go to plan

Image taken by Michaela Skovranova. Clip produced by the BBC’s Joanna Impey.



About Sarah Ward

I’m Sarah Ward, an archaeologist, commercial diver and factual presenter with 15 years experience, both in and out of the water. I’ve investigated sites ranging from the Bronze Age to the modern, across more than 20 countries. I am on a mission to bring archaeology to a broader audience, helping people to connect with the past in a meaningful way.


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