One of the goals of PADI’s fourth-annual Women’s Dive Day, scheduled for this coming Saturday July 21st, is to inspire more women to experience how diving can transform their lives.

Among the myriad benefits related to diving, the training organization is putting forth five unique reasons why women love to dive, and ways that scuba diving can empower any woman to challenge the status quo:

1. Experience the world from a new perspective — Diving allows you to explore the other 71 percent of the planet covered in water. It provides abundant opportunities to find adventure in uncharted waters, travel to unique destinations, encounter wildlife and interact with cultures you might not otherwise meet. You’ll even experience things right in your own hometown that you never knew were there.

2. Secure a much needed “mental health day” — Self-care is essential for overall wellness. Being submerged underwater allows you to experience absolute peace and quiet from outside distractions. If you’re a multitasker and juggle a lot in your life, scuba diving allows you to focus on the here-and-now, escaping the stresses of the topside world.

3. Discover a whole new social sphere — Diving is a social sport, allowing you to meet and interact with others who share common interests and a passion for adventure, travel and the underwater world. Whether traveling abroad or seeking a local course, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts make it easy for divers to plan trips together or simply exchange tips, information and great memories.

4. Obtain a sense of accomplishment and pride — Each dive leads to personal growth. Whether you’re diving with mantas, participating in your first night dive or exploring a wreck, embracing new experiences builds confidence.

5. Advocate for the ocean and the planet — Diving fosters appreciation for the underwater environment and its connection to our life on land. Through dive adventures, you can be exposed to people who can inspire and educate you about aquatic habitats, the importance of preserving them and how you can make a difference.

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018

Kristin Valette-Wirth, chief marketing and business development officer for PADI Worldwide, says:

“PADI Women’s Dive Day has gained impressive global momentum as the largest celebration in diving. We are proud to continue to close the gender gap among certified divers year over year, allowing all adventure-seeking women to fulfill their quest for ocean exploration and discovery. In this fourth year, we remain committed to inspiring and empowering all divers to join us for a day of fun and passion, and to honor the incredible female divers around the world.”

Scuba diving throughout its history has often been viewed as a male-centric sport, with women historically achieving less than 35 percent of scuba certifications each year. However, in the last four years, PADI says it has witnessed a nearly 4-percent reduction in the gender gap in dive certifications.

Since its onset in 2015, PADI Women’s Dive Day has grown from 335 events in 65 countries to nearly 900 events in 85 countries in 2017.

For more information on PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 or how you can learn to dive, visit padi.com/women or check out the video below.