The 10th Annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on 20 July 2024 is almost here! I love a good reason to go scuba diving, and this annual global event has to be my favorite reason of all. 

Why do I love it?

Expand Your Horizons

Women’s Dive Day is the perfect opportunity to gain new dive skills and build confidence so you can embark on new adventures. Discover an amazing world beneath the waves, enhance your dive skills, or lead the way as a PADI Pro. There are so many ways to explore our blue planet! Begin a new dive course online today and celebrate your achievements on PADI Women’s Dive Day this July. 

Ready to learn to dive? Learn how to explore the underwater world and make a difference for our blue planet on every dive with the PADI Open Water Diver and Dive Against Debris courses

Already a diver and looking to advance your skills and build confidence? Take your dive skills to the next level, reach new depths, and extend your bottom time with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver courses. Or enhance your dive skills and find out why divers say Rescue Diver is their favorite course – it will change the way you dive! 

two female divers give each other a high five after surfacing. One diver is holding a DSMB

Every Experience Level is Welcome

Everyone (women and men alike) can join in the fun and dive in on the most celebrated day of diving on the planet. Are you a tec diver with thousands of dives? Or is this your first time breathing underwater? Whatever your experience, Women’s Dive Day is a great excuse to share your love for the underwater world with thousands of incredible women across the globe. Celebrate female divers worldwide on Women’s Dive Day with special events, dive trips, confidence-building courses, and ocean-saving activities. It’s an amazing day that you really shouldn’t miss. It feels like a family. It feels like home. It feels fun, free and fabulous. You’d be crazy to miss it.  

There Are Fun Topside Activities, Too

From beach parties and picnics to educational speakers and beach clean-ups, many Women’s Dive Day events celebrate with post-dive fun on the surface. Check out what your local dive shop has planned and join the fun. Go on… Click here to see what’s happening near you!! 

A group of female diveers in the maldives take a group selfie on a dock

Meet a New Dive Buddy, Travel Partner or Liveaboard Roomie

Women’s Dive Day is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other divers. Since you’re all showing up for the same event, it can be easier to connect with the other people there, and it gives you an instant conversation starter.

Many Women’s Dive Day events specifically set aside time for getting together, sharing food, and swapping stories so that you can make sure to get in lots of bonding between dives. And, as I mentioned above, some events go beyond diving and work in things like yoga on the beach or underwater debris cleanups, giving you even more ways to connect with other people.

We’ve had so many divers tell us that Women’s Dive Day is where they made some of their strongest friendships within the diving community. And if you don’t have a dive buddy, this is one of the easiest times to show up solo and find people to connect with. You can check out great photos from previous years on social media

Meet Your New Mentor

Whatever your dive experience level, there is always a way to move onwards and upwards. 

Are you trying scuba for the first time with a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience? On Women’s Dive Day, you can meet a female certified diver who will give you the motivation to take the plunge and become a PADI certified diver yourself. Advanced divers will meet Rescue Divers. Rescue Divers will meet Divemasters, and Divemasters will meet female Instructors. Whatever level you are, you will likely meet your scuba mentor. Isn’t that exciting? I know that this year will be the year for me to be inspired to become a PADI Sidemount Diver

a female padi instructor prepares the scuba diving gear of three girls for their discover scuba diving experience

You’ll Encourage More Women to Dive

Diving used to be almost completely male-dominated, with over 90% of divers being men, and very little gear for available to women. But we’ve caught up a lot, and now women make up about 40% of all recreational scuba certifications. We’d still love to see that number reach 50/50, and I hope Women’s Dive Day can be part of closing the gap. The event has been growing each year, so let’s set a new record and get even more people experiencing the underwater world. And if you can’t make it to an event, you can still promote the cause by telling your friends about it or checking out articles about some of our amazing PADI Women

Get Involved with Your Local Dive Scene

While it’s always amazing to have the opportunity to travel to a dive destination, most of us will be celebrating Women’s Dive Day closer to home. For those of you who haven’t explored much of your local scene, these events can be a great opportunity to get a look at where you live. Many divers are surprised by the great dive sites they’ve lived next to without ever realizing it. 

Finding a Women’s Dive Day event near you can help you get to know more local dive clubs, places to dive, and PADI dive shops that you haven’t been to yet. And if you do frequently dive at home, use this opportunity to show off what your area has to offer. Many participants are new to diving, or at least new to diving your area. Showing someone around gives you the chance to see your old sites through fresh eyes and appreciate what you have nearby. 

two female divers emerge from the ocean in Egypt carrying their masks and fins

You Get to Go Diving!

Who doesn’t love an excuse to get in the water? No matter when you last went diving, we’re sure it’s about time for your next descent. So round up your friends, prepare to make new ones, and find your nearest Women’s Dive Day event.

Find a PADI Women’s Dive Day Event Near You

Want to join this global event? Find a PADI Women’s Dive Day event near you.

This blog was written by guest author Alexandra Dimitriou

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