Beginning in 2015, each year the dive community comes together for Women’s Dive Day – an annual event that celebrates the contributions and dedication shown by the women in diving, and smashes the myth that diving is a “guy” sport. Some of the most inspirational people in diving are formidable and passionate women who are pillars, leaders, influencers and matriarchs. Their names roll off our tongues as divers – Dr. Sylvia Earle, Bonnie Cardone, Dr. Eugenie Clark, Sharon Kwok Pong, Zale Parry and Valerie Taylor – and that barely scratches the surface (check out the Women Divers Hall of Fame for more).
You might think that the pandemic would have muted this year’s event, but the diving spirit is unquenchable. Supported by dive centers and dive pros, divers turned out in mass for 2020 Women’s Dive Day, demonstrating the strength, tenacity and perseverance that women bring to our common purpose of seeking adventure and saving the ocean. Obviously, this year was a bit different from years past – in some places we met online, and in others we got together wearing face coverings, observing distancing and applying other protocols. Local divers rallied in place of traveling divers in areas that usually support dive tourism, including a fundraiser to fight breast cancer.
But, divers made this important annual celebration happen (virtually and in person, as appropriate) in Australia, Bonaire, Curacao, Egypt, Cayman Islands, Thailand, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tanzania, UAE and the United States – just to name a few – to engage the female side of their local dive communities and give back to the ocean.
Watching PADI Professionals and PADI Divers make this year’s Women’s Dive Day unfold in so many countries and cultures is nothing short of inspirational. Check out just a few of these uplifting celebrations from around the world. It’s my privilege to thank everyone who participated in, supported and contributed to making this year’s Women’s Dive Day as successful as previous years – and in ways, more successful. Thanks very much – like me, I’m sure you’re already looking forward to Women’s Dive Day 2021.
Seek adventure. Save the ocean.
President & CEO PADI Worldwide