About five years ago, PADI created the PADI Women’s Dive Day. This event was created to provide a day where divers could get together and talk about diving, go diving, and support other women who might be intimidated by the rather male dominated sport. Since its inception, it has grown to massive proportions, and it is possible we are seeing the effects in sports diving. The ratio of female to male divers has increased from 35:65 to 40:60 over the last five years. This year, there were more than 770 events, across 83 countries, and our event in Tasmania was one of those!
We arrived on a beautiful, crisp, winters morning, at the dive lodge on the Tasman Peninsula. As every one began to arrive, the mood in the room began to relax as people got to know each other, and start talking about all the fantastic diving things they had done, or hoped to do. It is one of the many things I love about diving. People from many different backgrounds can find a common interest in a fascinating and beautiful sport. Life long friendships form, based solely on two peoples love of diving!
Our dive for the day was at Safety Cove, in Port Arthur. This nice shore dive is a great place for people to get back in to diving, as it is a reasonably easy shore entry, with a gently sloping bottom, and plenty of reef life to watch. We found colorful rock lobsters, schools of juvenile fish, even a pretty nudibranch. We were also lucky with the visibility, around 15 meters on some parts of the reef!
After the dive, we headed back to the lodge for a barbecue, and a hilariously difficult quiz (I think we learnt never to ask me to write quizzes). I could tell by the end of the day, we had motivated these women to dive more, and get more of their friends in to diving. I have had a few people ask me, “why do we need a specific, Women’s Dive Day?” My answer always is the same. We need as many ocean stewards as we can possibly create. To do this, we need to have any way possible to encourage divers in the water, regardless of gender, race or disability. I know, because of this one day, there are at least eight more extremely motivated divers out there, fighting for the preservation of the ocean. Which is what we need!
Needless to say, I am already planning our event for Women’s Dive Day, 2020. Hopefully we will make it even bigger and better! If there is something you would like to do for next years event, please leave a comment below, or contact me directly!