PADI have announced the second annual PADI Women’s Dive Day, which will take place on Saturday 16th July 2016. PADI Members, industry icons and recreational divers – both male and female alike – will take part in events scheduled across the globe intended to narrow the gender gap in diving.
Excitement reigns as preparations are underway for PADI Women’s Dive Day 2016, PADI’s second annual celebration of women in diving, taking place on 16 July 2016. This event recognize women’s contributions to diving throughout history and provides special opportunities for more women to enter the sport of diving today.
The groundwork was laid last year when divers from all over the world came together to celebrate PADI’s first Women’s Dive Day – and made history in the process! The occasion brought together more than 6,000 divers from 65 countries on all seven continents – all participating in more than 335 special events. Now, plans are underway to do it all again this year on 16 July 2016 – so don’t miss out on one of the most exciting events of the year!
According to the “Diving Equipment and Marketing Association 2014 Diver Study,” females account for only 35 percent of open water divers and just 23 percent of divers in continuing education courses. By coming together as an industry to celebrate women in diving, PADI hopes to strengthen and grow the female diver community, attract new women to the sports of scuba diving and freediving, and motivate existing female divers to get back in the water and continue their dive training.
Discover (or Rediscover) Diving at PADI Women’s Dive Day
On 16 July 2016, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, dive clubs, and other organizations will offer a host female-friendly dives or events, ranging from shark dives to beach cleanups to special speaker engagements. Some PADI Dive Shops will also offer the opportunity to try scuba diving through the PADI Discover Scuba® Diving program. Others will focus on PADI ReActivate™, which gives lapsed divers the opportunity to refresh their scuba skills, rediscover the sport they love and reactivate their dive certifications!
However, while the focus is on women, all are encouraged to get involved. Many events are open to both men and women, so this can be a great opportunity to get together with your friends and family members – regardless of gender – for a fun day of diving!
How to Participate
If you’re a diver who is interested in participating in a PADI Women’s Dive Day event, please contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to see if they’re hosting an event – and encourage them to get involved, if they’re not already. Otherwise, you can find an event near you or get more information at padi.com/women-dive.