Womens Dive Day


Well, what a few weeks it has been. I’ve got so much to tell you I’m not quite sure where to start!

That said, let’s start with the lovely people at PADI. A few weeks back I was asked if I would like to be interviewed for PADI Women’s Dive Day. What an honour. If it wasn’t for PADI, I wouldn’t be doing what I do today, so of course I said yes. Who wouldn’t?!

To give you a bit of background, PADI Women’s Dive Day is a special day to bring women divers together. The idea is to celebrate women in diving by bringing together as many women as possible, at every level of diving, to go diving on the same day. Simple!

As only about 30% of all PADI divers are women, Women’s Dive Day is designed to break down barriers to women in diving and allay some of the fear associated with it, whilst raising awareness of women in diving and building interest in diving both recreationally and professionally.

On 18 July PADI Dive Centres and Resorts, dive clubs, and other organizations all came together to host female-friendly dives (although ours was somewhat delayed due to bad weather). Events varied by location, ranging from shark dives to beach clean-ups to special speaker engagements. Some dive shops offered the opportunity to try scuba diving through the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, while others are promoted PADI’s ReActivate™ option to refresh scuba skills. The History of Diving Museum of Islamorada, Florida supported PADI Women’s Dive Day by highlighting women pioneers in their exhibits.

My company, ArchaeoMar Australasia, joined Scubamunkies and PADI Asia Pacific to host ‘Ladies at Long Reef’ – a magic morning of diving on the luscious Long Reef, off Sydney’s northern beaches.  With several boat dives, a delicious BBQ and a charity auction in support of The Hunger Project, it was a fabulous day out and one not to be missed!

In the lead up to Women’s Dive Day, I was interviewed by the incredibly Erin Leach from PADI Asia Pacific. Women’s dive day is Erin’s baby. Erin did a fabulous job of promoting Women’s Dive Day across the Asian Pacific Region and to her I am very thankful. So many more women will get to experience something that I love, thanks you all of Erin’s hard work. You can read my interview with Erin, here.

If you would like to know more about PADI Women’s Dive Day or PADI women, please visit the PADI Women’s Dive Day website. Early estimates indicate that more than 6,000 divers took part in 335 dives across 65 countries, 25 states and all seven continents, although the dive in Antarctica was cancelled due to bad weather. Shame!

For me, Women’s Dive Day shows that diving isn’t a competition. It’s a community that has given me so much over the years, and to be honest, it’s a gift that keeps giving.

If you are not a diver and would like to join the community, follow the links to learn how to get certified or explore other options in the PADI course catalog.

And, don’t forget to connect with our connect with our very own PADI woman on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and/or Google Plus. Follow and share your adventures with me by using the hashtag #IndianaSarah and please leave your comments below.

If you missed this year, make sure you mark your calendars for the next PADI Women’s Dive Day on 16 July 2016! Go on, take the plunge….

Until next time,

Sarah x

 



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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