PADI has announced the date for what it describes as the largest single day of organised diving, the fifth PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019. On Saturday, 20 July, the training agency reckons that its dive-centres and resorts around the world are set to host thousands of divers.
The annual event was launched in 2015 and by last year encompassed 1000 events in 104 countries, but PADI insists that “the positive influence of these events extends beyond gender” as they have “taken on conservation and community-minded causes at their core, giving divers the opportunity to take action, give back and be a force for good both above and below the surface”.
3 April 2019
Examples cited by PADI from last year’s event are headed by Fifth Point Diving Centre in Blyth, Northumberland, which it says transformed the one-day celebration into a week-long event of educational programmes as well as snorkelling and diving excursions, culminating in a Dive Against Debris on the day itself.
The Perry Institute for Marine Science collaborated with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas to teach the PADI Reef Rescue Diver Distinctive Specialty course, while women in Saudi Arabia drove themselves, for the first time in their lives, to do a night dive.
Blue Corner Dive in Bali offered two free professional-development internships to local Indonesian women, with a female-led mentorship program taking them from PADI Open Water Diver to Divemaster.
Any divers interested in taking part in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2019 are advised to contact their local PADI centre or keep an eye on the webpages.