PADI Women’s Dive Day 2020 – Celebrating Women in Diving

18 Jul 2020

June 18th 2020 is PADI Womens Dive Day, a global celebration of shared adventure, passion and ocean conservation. Scuba diving was once a male dominated activity, but times have changed and the world has many great women divers.

One of the first women to embark upon a lifetime of scuba adventures was Sylvia Earle; she fell in love with the ocean in her childhood and started diving in 1951, the same year that Jacques Coustea began his exploration trips. Earle has since become a much respected oceanographer, marine biologist, underwater explorer and ocean conservationist and has led more than 100 expeditions and spend over 7,000 hours underwater. After rising to fame in 1970 for leading the first all-women expedition to live on the seafloor for two weeks, studying life on a coral reef, she realised she was in an ideal position to campaign for ocean conservation. Earle has had many high points in her diving career including walking on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, untethered, at a depth of 380 meters — the lowest any human had ever gone and becomming the first female chief scientist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, where she was responsible for monitoring the health of the ocean.

‘I hope for your help to explore and protect the wild ocean in ways that will restore the health and, in so doing, secure hope for humankind. Health to the ocean means health for us.’ – Sylvia Earle.

What are you waiting for? Come and meet the great women divers at Prodivers Dive Centers across the Maldives – follow in Sylvia’s footsteps, dive into the ocean and let the world know they need to protect it!

We wish we had been able to share Women’s Dive Day with you this year but we are sure there will be many more opportunities ahead when you are ready to join us again; in the meantime, here is a look back at last year’s event: