Ladies, is scuba diving on your bucket list? If it isn’t, you better grab a pen and add it to the top. In the realm of scuba, it used to be a man’s world, but times are different.
There’s plenty of room under the sea for all of us, and it’s more important than ever that women mark their place beneath the waves.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is holding its 3rd annual Women’s Dive Day on July 15th to try and foster a stronger dive community. Women’s Dive Day is a day where divers – both male and female alike – will unite around the world through hundreds of different events hosted by PADI Dive Centers and Resorts to celebrate female divers, all the while aiming to decrease the gender gap in scuba certification. To give you a little more background, PADI is the world’s largest scuba diver training organization, having issued more than 25 million certifications to passionate divers and ocean advocates across the globe. Women’s Dive Day is just one example of how this powerful group can unite as one under a worthwhile cause.
With hundreds of events taking place around the world, this is one big, flippered step for women everywhere.
So, if you’ve ever considered diving, even just a little, here are 10 excuses for why you should, especially if you are a woman.
You Can Have Fun Being Outside
Scuba diving is good for the soul! It is a fun way to enjoy the sunshine, stay active and form a new mindset.
Diving Will Provide A Much Needed “Mental Health Day”
Being submerged underwater offers much-needed peace and quiet from the outside world. Diving gives you a break from the office, kids, your cell phone and the stresses of daily life. And, it allows you to internalize, relax and unwind. You can escape the stresses of the topside world.
You’ll Dive Into a Whole New Social Sphere
Diving is a social sport. You’ll meet others with common interests and a passion for adventure, travel and the underwater world. Many destinations around the globe even host diving clubs that meet for social events, plan trips together or simply exchange tips and information.
Diving Can Strengthen Relationships
The shared interest in diving and exploring between couples, family or friends, helps build and strengthen even the closest of bonds. Diving together increases trust in one-another and your ability to work (and play) as a team.
Diving Fosters Accomplishment and Pride
Each dive offers a chance for personal growth.Whether you’re diving with mantas, doing your first night dive or exploring a wreck, embracing new experiences like these builds confidence. Diving is empowering for anyone, at every skill level.
Diving is the Ultimate Adventure
Just one dive can be life-changing and will oftentimes open your mind to new experiences, exploration and travel.
Diving Has Similar Benefits to Yoga
The sport focuses on the importance of breathing, which is calming for the mind and body. This controlled, rhythmic breathing can help mitigate intense, emotional feelings, improve sleep, and increase stress resilience.
Scuba Diving Can Change the Way You See the World, Both Above and Below the Surface
Once underwater, you’ll meet a dazzling array of fish and marine life, and witness firsthand the amazing biodiversity in our oceans.
You Become an Advocate for Our Ocean Planet
Diving fosters appreciation for the underwater environment and its connection to our life on land. Through your adventures, you’ll connect with people who can inspire and educate you about underwater habitats and the importance of preserving them.
PADI’s Women’s Dive Day is Right Around the Corner
As I mentioned, July 15, 2017 marks the third-annual PADI Women’s Dive Day. With hundreds of events around the world, divers will join together in efforts to encourage more women to take up the sport.
There’s no better time than the present to start doing everything you’ve ever wanted to try. And, with a whole day dedicated to women and diving, this is your chance to finally cross scuba diving off the bucket list. Locate a Women’s Dive Day event near you and celebrate the fearless females in your life, while enjoying the many benefits of diving! Check out some inspiring stories from PADI women here: https://www2.padi.com/women-dive/