The fifth annual Women’s Dive Day will be celebrated this month in more than 100 countries around the world by thousands of divers. On July 20, dive shops, clubs and groups will host events in what has become the world’s biggest underwater block party, a global celebration of scuba divers’ shared passion for the ocean.
Though PADI created the fun-filled day to support female participation in the sport, events associated with Women’s Dive Day have evolved to transcend gender. Both women and men participate in causes that are mostly inclined toward conservation and community undertakings, ranging from ocean cleanups to teaching orphaned girls how to dive.
In honor of this year’s Women’s Dive Day, we profile three female divers: a spunky dive instructor from a remote Pacific island; a free-spirited marine biologist-cum-liveaboard captain; and an intrepid rebreather diver and dive shop owner. They have different backgrounds, challenges and career paths, but it’s what they share that unites them: a love for the ocean, a female role model, and, most important, an uncompromising desire to be an example for young owner of Dive Munda.