This year’s most recent PADI Women’s Dive Day saw more than 770 events take place in 83 countries.
The day brought together thousands of divers, female and male alike, of all ages and experience levels for a global celebration of shared adventure, passion and ocean advocacy.
While the first Women’s Dive Day in 2015 underscored PADI’s dedication to strengthening female participation in scuba diving, it has become evident the positive influence of the day extends beyond gender. This year’s events took on conservation and community-minded causes at their core, giving divers the opportunity to take action, give back and be a force for good.
A few highlights from this year include:
* Together with a local Girl Scouts troop, Dive World in Austin, Texas, USA, led divers on an underwater trail of facts and suggestions about how to protect aquatic ecosystems and #divelikeagirlscout.
* Asia Divers in Puerto Galera, Philippines, dedicated the weekend to a “Healthy Ocean, Healthy Body” with an underwater cleanup, yoga and opportunities to try freediving with a PADI Freediver Instructor.
* A dive shop that’s giving back to the community, Scuba Ventures in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, USA, hosted a PADI Women’s Dive Day event that raised funds for a local women’s shelter and rape response group.
* With Reef Check, Divers Alert Network and the local government, Blue Submarine by Scuba World ASD offered Dive Against Debris® courses and dives for women to remove debris and ghost nets from the marine protected area near Maierato, Italy.
* Bali Scuba in Indonesia hosted an event, “Dive into a Great Cause for Women,” to raise money for breast cancer research and support through Pink Ribbon.
* Divetech hosted 107 women in Grand Cayman to break its own record for the longest female underwater human chain, an event that raised funds and awareness for the Breast Cancer Foundation and local conservation organizations.
* The PADI AmbassaDiver team, Blue Latitudes, invited fellow women divers involved in ocean science and media to explore oil platforms three miles offshore of Long Beach, California, USA, the structure of which creates a vertical reef teeming with life.
Kristin Valette-Wirth, PADI Worldwide’s Chief Marketing Officer, said:
“PADI Women’s Dive Day has become a global movement to create and inspire a passionate community of ocean advocates that spans generations. What started as a celebration of women in diving has quickly become the single largest day of diving in the world — something every diver can draw inspiration from.”
For a snapshot of events around the world, check out the PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019 Facebook photo album.
And oh yeah — mark your calendars: Next year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day is scheduled for Saturday, July 18th, 2020.