Women’s Dive Day

Indiana Sarah - Sarah Ward, Surface Supplied Diver Training

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 kick off with the lovely people at PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

A while back, I was asked if I would like to be interviewed for PADI Women’s Dive Day. If it wasn’t for PADI, I wouldn’t be doing what I do today, so of course I said yes… how could I not?!

PADI Women’s Dive Day is a special day to bring women divers together.  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. It is also a great day out and you never know just who you might meet!

On 20 July 2019, PADI Dive Centres and Resorts, dive clubs, and organisations involved in other aspects of diving (like my own) will all come together to host female-friendly diving events. Events usually vary by location, ranging from shark dives to beach clean-ups to special speaker engagements. Even an introduction to underwater archaeology…

Some dive clubs will offer 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. In previous years, the History of Diving Museum in Florida, for example, supported PADI Women’s Dive Day by highlighting women pioneers in their exhibits.

My team at DMU are currently dreaming up a dive activity for Women’s Dive Day, so watch this space!

In the meantime, you can read my interview with Erin Stern (nee Leach), here.

If you would like to know more about PADI Women’s Dive Day or PADI Women, please visit the PADI Women’s website. Early estimates that in previous years, more than 10,000 divers took part in 1,000 dives across 100 countries, 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 FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Follow and share your adventures with me by using the hashtag #IndianaSarah and please leave your comments below.



About Sarah Ward

I’m Sarah Ward, a maritime archaeologist, commercial diver and factual presenter with 16 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. A Visiting Professor at Dalian Maritime University and MIT Ocean Discovery Fellow, 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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