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.