If you’re a female diver who participated in PADI’s annual Women’s Dive Day event, you certainly weren’t alone.
The 2017 version saw 884 events held in 85 countries by PADI Resorts, Instructors, and Dive Centres.
According to the PADI News Blog, the events focused on the interests and issues concerning women divers, and included a wide range of activities, from cleanup dives, and beach clean-up to shark dives, and other women-centred activities. While some events only included women divers, many were inclusive affairs for the whole family.
Globally the events fell into 4 broad categories:
- Supporting the Next Generation of Female Divers
- Inspiring Ambassadors for the Oceans
- Introducing New Divers to the Sport We Love
- Sharing Bubbles, Great Times and More Dive Adventures
Some of the highlight from around the world include:
US$3,800/3,229 Euros were raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. for an event aimed at supporting the next generations of female divers. The money raised went to support the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship Program.
GS-Diving in Sngapore included a beach cleanup and a dive site cleanup in their Women’s Dive Day excursion to Lazarus Island and St. John’s Island. To mark the occasion, a beach barbecue was held at the end of the day.
Magic Oceans Dive Resort, based in Anda, The Philippines gave away pool sessions to novice divers, and then took participants on an exciting boat excursion.
Adelaide Scuba of Glenelg North, Australia, held a female only event that enabled women divers to go diving together and connect. A barbecue lunch was put together to allow female divers to bond together out of the water as well.
Read the full story on the PADI blog, or check out the PADI Women’s Dive Day video below: