PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 – Events to Remember

On Saturday, 21 July, PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professional Members hosted more than a 1000 events in 104 countries across the globe for the Fourth Annual PADI Women’s Dive Day. With record-breaking participation, the day brought together thousands of divers of all genders, ages and experience levels.

Thank you to all the PADI Pros who took part in this year’s celebration to inspire new divers and build a stronger, more active dive community.

Here’s a look at some locations that helped make this year extra special.

Cairns, Australia: Sunlover Reef Cruises joined together with Straw No More, a conservation effort to stop the use of plastic straws, to get PADI Women’s Dive Day rolling on the Great Barrier Reef. Festivities on the day included a live band and other entertainment with donations going to the Committee for Oncology Unit at Cairns Hospital (COUCH).

Bali, Indonesia: AquaMarine Diving hosted a month-long celebration. Two of their main goals have been to get people passionate about the ocean through diving and snorkeling, thereby motivating them to care about marine conservation, and (as they are under-represented in the ‘sport’ of scuba diving) to bring more women to scuba diving and snorkeling.

Koh Tao, Thailand: Crystal Dive Koh Tao celebrated with a range of initiatives for PADI Women’s Dive Day. Activities included a Women in Diving focused pub quiz with proceeds going to Eco Koh Tao which is a non-profit organization focused on the preservation and conservation of marine environments.

Dauin, Philippines: PADI Pros from Salaya Beach Houses came together to teach a group of young women from the local orphanage how to dive. The girls learned everything from dive theory to equipment maintenance before completing their pool work and open water dives. The event was so inspiring some of the girls are considering becoming PADI Pros in the future.

Khuvsgul, Mongolia: Great Sea Resort Mongolia, Mongolia’s first PADI Dive Center, celebrated Women’s Dive Day with festivities at Khuvsgul, the area’s largest freshwater lake known as the “Blue Pearl of Mongolia.” Events included eco dives and PADI Discover Scuba Dives for nondivers.

Jakarta, Indonesia: To encourage more females to become divers, Ody Dive Centre organized a series of activities including presentations from female professional photographer, Dewi Wilaisono, and a female member of the Ministry of Tourism, also an avid diver. Their activities culminated in a dive trip to Genten Kecil Island.

There were many other incredible events all around the region and world. You can see more event photos on the PADI Facebook page or search for #PADIWomen on social media.

If you held an event this year, remember to follow up with all your event participants. A simple “thanks for diving with us” message keeps divers engaged and encourages them to continue diving with you. Don’t forget to include a call to action.

Mark your calendars – Next year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day is scheduled for Saturday, 20 July 2019.

Win a Free Membership Renewal with the 2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day Video Contest

Are you hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day Event this year? Did you know that you could win a free 2019 PADI Menbership Renewal if you are?! Are you now regretting that you haven’t registered any yet? If you’re in the first two categories, read on. If you’re in the third – not to worry, there’s still time to register your event.

To help grow PADI Women’s Dive Day even more in the coming years, we’re looking for videos that capture the spirit of PADI Women’s Dive Day – empowering and celebrating the female dive community.

That’s why we’re bringing back the PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest. Winning videos will be featured in the 2019 event promotional video and the six winners will receive a free 2019 PADI Membership Renewal.

So what are you waiting for!

How it works:

  1. Register to host a PADI Women’s Dive Day event on July 21, 2018. Register here.
  2. Film your event, giving regards to PADI standards and safe marine life practices.
  3. Get signed releases from participants. Download a sample release here.
  4. Edit footage to no longer than two minutes in length/minimum 1080p.
  5. Submit entries to womendive@padi.com. Be sure to include the entrant’s name, PADI Member/Store number, and contact information.
  6. Send video via file-sharing services such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.
  7. Six winners will be notified via email.

You can view the full rules here.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at last year’s promo video here.

You Can Plan the PADI Women’s Dive Day Event That Works for You

PADI Women’s Dive Day is fast approaching (21st July 2018 in case you’ve forgotten) and one of the great things about this day is that you can create a PADI Women’s Dive Day event that suits you!

If you’re not really sure where to start, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the event ideas below and see if something inspires you.

If you want to get more people in the water:

Host a dive! This one might seem obvious but there are so many different ways you can make this work.

  • Offer try-dive experiences like PADI Discover Scuba Dives
  • Host an all-female led dive to celebrate some of your female employees.
  • Discounted courses for PADI Women’s Dive Day
  • Encouraging women to try a specialty they might not have tried before – like PADI Night Diver or the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.

If you want to get people thinking about the health of our ocean:

Ocean conservation is a really important issue, so why not use your PADI Women’s Dive Day Event to highlight it?

  • Consider hosting a fundraiser for a non-profit organisation that is working to improve ocean health (e.g. Project AWARE , Mission Blue or a local organisation in your community).
  • Incorporate a Dive Against Debris® into your Women’s Dive Day plans (or try a beach clean-up if diving conditions aren’t ideal).
  • Put on an educational lecture or film screening. Perhaps someone you know has a passion for conservation and wants to teach the local community how they can get involved – this is a great opportunity to get them involved.

If you want to strengthen the female community:

We truly think that any of these events will strengthen the female community, but you might want to take it a step further.

  • Rally your divers to give back to organisations who are empowering women to take leadership roles within the dive industry – like Women Divers Hall of Fame.
  • Look to the next generation! Encourage girls in the community to start exploring the underwater world and instil a passion for the environment in them from a young age.
  • Spotlight women on your team (and other teams) who are having an impact on the local community. Share their stories on your social media channels, in your email communications or even get in touch with your local newspaper and ask them to spread the word even further!

Encourage inclusiveness in the diving community:

PADI Women’s Dive Day is a great excuse for people of all abilities to learn to dive!

  • Consider offering the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty or the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty in the lead up to (or on) Women’s Dive Day.
  • People with a range of conditions (including Autism) can see real benefits of diving. Speak with people in your community about how you can best help them explore the underwater world.

Planning something else? We’d love to hear! Let us know what you’re planning here.

Still got questions or need help? No problem! Just send our Women’s Dive Day team an email and we’ll be happy to help!

Ready to register? Go for it! Register here.