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Women in the World of Scuba Diving

Like many sports, the world of scuba diving has been primarily made up of men for the longest time. The rise of diving has resulted that this sport is becoming increasingly popular among women. “Women’s Dive Day” is an event celebrated on July 16 of each year and claiming the contribution of women to the world of diving throughout history. The inaugural 2015 PADI Women’s Dive Day was a historic day for diving. In just its first year, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts hosted more than 335 events in 65 countries on all seven continents. As a result, PADI female certifications increased noticeably in 2015, narrowing the gender gap by more than one percent over 2014, the largest year-over-year change in the past decade.

An event to celebrate women divers

This day is also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in diving. Women are best divers than men, among the reasons for this assertion are that they are more aware of their environment, orient themselves better, have a high concentration of what happens in its surroundings. In general women are calmer, less aggressive and more conscious about security than their male counterparts, who are usually more interested in the pursuit of sensations.

Squalo Divers, by celebrating Women’s Dive Day, we aim to strengthen and grow the female diver community, attract new women to the sports of scuba diving and freediving, and motivate existing female divers to get back in the water and continue their dive training.

Women Divers Hall of Fame

We are proud to introduce you to the most remarkable women divers through history; we hope this list is merely a starting place that inspires you to learn more about women’s contributions to scuba diving.

Dottie Frazier

She is widely recognized as the first female scuba instructor, the first female dive shop owner, and the first female hard-hat diver. Dottie Frazier also produced wetsuits and drysuits for the Navy, as well as recreational divers, and is one of scuba’s living legends.

Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a diving icon, period. She is an American marine biologist, explorer, author, lecturer, and is a current Explorer-in-Residence for National Geographic. Her most recent project is Mission Blue, which is both a documentary and a movement for ocean protection.

Simone Melchior Cousteau

You may have heard the phrase, “behind every great man, there is a great woman,” but you don’t often hear about Simone Cousteau. Madame Cousteau’s family was instrumental in the invention of the aqua lung and helped finance the famous exploration vessel Calypso.

Valerie Taylor

Underwater filmmaker, photographer, and conservationist Valerie Taylor has documented sharks and other marine life. Her work, along with that of her late husband and dive partner Ron Taylor, has been featured in films such as Jaws. They were the first to film great white sharks without a protective cage while making the National Geographic documentary Blue Wilderness.

Zale Parry

She was a pioneer in scuba diving and underwater photographer.  She also played a role in designing and marketing the first hyperbaric chamber for civilian divers, making recreational diving safer for all of us! Learn more about Zale Perry.

Lotte Baierl Hass

Fearless underwater photographer whose trailblazing films of creatures of the deep delighted audiences in the 1950s. Lotte was the first woman to explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea.

Dr. Eugenie Clark

Dr Clark was known around the world as the scientific authority on fish, and has even had some fish named after her. Her passion, however, was sharks. She worked tirelessly to improve sharks’ reputation in the public eye.

The truth is that scuba diving is no longer just a man’s sport; it’s going strong as a sport for daring women seeking water adventures and new experiences. As a proof we just need to remember these amazing women divers.

Diving is a fun and easy activity that takes you to a fascinating world and full of pleasant surprises. All the spectacular underwater world you’ve seen in documentaries and photographs, is now at your fingertips with only a diving course.
Take your training seriously, get your diving course with Squalo Divers, professionals in diving and see how your diving course and your future dives become good memories and unforgettable moments thanks to quality training. Contact us via email info@squalodivers.com and follow us on our social network for more events and information on our courses.

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