PADI Women’s Dive Day – A celebration of women in diving

PADI is proud to present the inaugural PADI Women’s Dive Day on 18 July 2015, a special day to get women together, in the water and involved in diving. With numerous events being hosted around the world, the goal is to get as many women as possible, at every level, diving on the same day in order to build awareness and interest for the sport.

As PADI Regional Manager (and a female) I was excited about celebrating this day and wanted to have a chat to a few inspirational women in my region. Below is the first of the interviews with more to follow as we approach July 18th.

I thought it was fitting to start with someone who played a huge part in my own journey to become a PADI Professional:

Name: Michelle Brunton (aka Muddy) – PADI Course DirectorMichelle Brunton

  1. When and how did you get involved in diving? “Learnt to dive in 1990 during my Physical education course in the Bay of Islands, I became an Instructor in 1997 from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Diploma course”. 
  2. What is your current role in the dive industry? “Otago University Dive Officer – Dunedin, New Zealand” 
  3. What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving? “Dive is a wide variety of environments – cold water, low viz, tropical etc. Ask yourself if you love the marine environment – animals and plants. If you do you are more likely to stay in the industry longer”. 
  4. What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry? “Being able to see new divers train, learn and become Instructors getting jobs all over the world”. Michelle underwater
  5. Do you have a dream dive you aspire to? I am interested in Lembeh straits right now. I saw lots of giants last year in Galapagos and now want to see more macro animals”. 
  6. What attributes make you more successful in diving? “Patience, calmness, love of the marine world”. 
  7. What is the next step in your diving career? “Finding new places to go to”. 
  8. What has been your best moment in diving? “Seeing Weddell seals in the Antarctic”.

Next up is Anna whom I have had the pleasure to meet through my role at PADI:

Name: Anna Clague – PADI Master Scuba Diver TrainerAnna at the beach

  1. When and how did you get involved in diving? “I did my OW when I was working in the Whitsundays in 1995. Seemed rude not to learn to dive whilst I was working on the Great Barrier Reef!!”.
  2. What is your current role in the dive industry? “Dive Instructor, Training Manager at Global Dive Auckland”.
  3. What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving? “Do it now. Get quality training and dive as much as you can for pleasure”.
  4. What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry? “Going diving. Taking dive trips to amazing destinations and sharing the cool stuff we see both under and above water with the divers Diving in Fijiwe take with us”. 
  5. Do you have a dream dive you aspire to? “I have a list of destinations and wildlife that I want to see…. Galapagos – schooling hammerheads, Malapascua – Thresher sharks, more of the wrecks in Truk Lagoon, Whale shark bottling,  Anemone spawning in Northland NZ for starters… the list keeps getting added too as well”. 
  6. What attributes make you more successful in diving? “Patience and more patience – both for yourself and with others”.
  7. What is the next step in your diving career? “Pretty happy with where I am Professionally but always keen to learn new skills on a personal level. I am surrounded by rebreather divers so it makes sense to know more about this branch of diving. From a teaching point of view I really enjoy working with new divers the best as they are the most rewarding and enthusiastic”. 
  8. What has been your best moment in diving? “Night dive with Manta in the Maldives. Just unexplainable – you have to experience it”.  

    Manta Ray night dive
    “Anna photographs a Manta on a night dive”

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Michelle and Anna for taking the time to answer the above questions and also thank them both for their continued contribution to this fantastic industry we are in.

Written by PADI Regional Manager Jen Clent

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