What is Scuba Diving? – Why Not Join the Global Movement On Women’s Dive Day!
Do you love to travel and explore wonderful new places? There are so many incredible places around the world that you can visit. But do you realise that 70% of the earth is actually covered by water and that can offer you a whole new exhilarating and eye-opening experience.
You can visit some spectacular under water dive sites and explore new habitats that no-one else has ever seen if you learn to scuba dive and that is probably why it has become one of the fastest growing adventure sports.
Every year millions of people venture into the amazing underwater world and experience the beauty that the ocean has to offer by going scuba diving.
It is the perfect sport for you if you like to travel to exotic destinations, take on new challenges and meet other interesting people from all ‘walks of life’.
There is a whole new world waiting to be discovered if you are ready to explore it. Every dive site is unique in their topography, impressive colourful reefs and abundant wondrous marine life.
If you have a passion for history then you can take up wreck diving and investigate one of the many fascinating sunken shipwrecks, along with all their marvelous historical artifacts.
For those of you that love animals and enjoy watching their behavior and interactions then you are in for a major treat if you scuba dive. As you can often get to see some absolutely beautiful marine life going about their daily lives, in their natural environment.
So What is Scuba Diving?
Scuba is an abbreviation for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus and by using this equipment it allows the diver to breathe independently underwater.
You can move freely under the water in all directions and have a wonderful feeling of weightlessness, just like as if you were on the moon.
The majority of people first try scuba diving when they are on holiday and either do a discovery dive or enroll in the first entry level course which is known as the PADI Open Water Diver course.
The PADI Open Water course
The PADI Open Water course is regularly available in dive centers worldwide and is run by a fully qualified and experienced Instructor, who has personally dived over a hundred times.
The course is fairly easy and great fun and the only requirements are that you have some basic swimming skills, have good physical health and are at least 10 years old.
It is normally held over a period of four days and consists of three sections; the academics, confined water dives and open water dives.
The academic section consists of five videos that you watch and then some knowledge reviews to fill in. This part is all fairly easy to follow and complete with your instructors help, as long as you pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask any relevant questions. At the end of each session there is also a short exam.
Next is a confined open water session and this is normally held in a swimming pool. This is the part where you will try all the equipment for the first time, practice breathing underwater and be taught all the basic skills that you need to master before going into the ocean.
Open Water Dives
Once you have successfully completed the confined water sessions you then get to do your first open water dives and it is an experience you will never forget!
You have four open water dives and you will do the first two to a maximum of 12 meters, then the next day you will go to a maximum of 18 meters.
Don’t worry if you are nervous before your first dive because most people are. The course is taught in ‘baby steps’ and is designed to gradually introduce you to all the new skills and help you become proficient in them. With your instructors continuous help, you will be a little mermaid in no time! 🙂
Upon successful completion of the course you are allowed to dive to a depth of 18 meters and can go on dives for fun and therefore get to experience many of the beautiful dive sites available worldwide.
Many people get the diving ‘bug’ though and want to be able to see more of the astounding dive sites available. So they continue with their diving education, going on next to do the Advanced course and other Specialties.
There are many new different skills that you can learn that will allow you to do even more exciting things such as dive to deeper depths, navigate your way around a dive site, take underwater photographs, understand about coral conservation or experience the thrill of night diving.
The more techniques you learn and experience you have opens up even more of the amazing dive locations there are available throughout the world.
Diving is an enjoyable and relaxing sport which has some great health benefits too. It can improve your breathing technique and is also an amazing stress reliever.
Just as with swimming because you have the resistance of the water it can provide a great workout for your legs and can also increase your flexibility and endurance too.
As you are working all your muscles simultaneously throughout a dive it can also improve your circulation and reduce your blood pressure.
It is a great way to maintain your fitness level whilst on holiday and something that you can even do on your own and meet new friends.
It is also a great sport that the whole family can do and therefore share the amazing experience together.
Women’s Dive Day
There are still more men than women who dive and PADI launched an initiative in 2015 to try and close this gender gap. Every year in celebration of International Women’s day they now hold an event called hold ‘Women’s Dive Day.’
On this day PADI dive centers throughout the world run organised events and offer special offers just for women. Why not join The Global Movement and find an event near you to join the next Women’s Dive Day.
Famous Women Scuba Divers
Even though there are a lot less women than men who scuba dive, there are some amazing females who have made their mark in the history books by making a significant contribution to the world of diving throughout the years.
Lotte Haas who was born in 1928 is often referred to as the ‘First Lady of Diving. The film ‘Under the Red Sea’ that she made with her husband Hans won first prize at the Venice Film festival.
Dottie Frazier is recognized as the first female hard hat diver and the first female Scuba Diving Instructor.
Eugenie Clark an American ichthyologist is also known as ‘The Shark Lady’ and she has caught and studied over 2,000 sharks throughout her career.
Valerie Taylor, who is also a shark expert and marine conservationist was among one of the first people to ever film a great white shark.
Becky Kagan Schott is a renowned Underwater Photographer and Technical Diving Instructor. She is an Emmy Award Winning Underwater Director of Photography and has done many amazing documentaries for National Geographic.
Sylvia Earle is a well known explorer, marine biologist and oceanographer. She has the nickname ‘The Queen of Deepness’ as she holds the record for solo diving to a depth of 3280 feet.
There are hundreds of other amazing women that are currently involved in the diving industry who are working in many different fields such as Diving Instructors, Dive Center owners, Conservationists and Educators to name just a few.
Women’s Dive Day is also about recognizing these truly amazing women’s contributions to diving not only throughout history but also in the present day.
So as you can see Scuba diving is a great sport that can totally de-stress and relax you, improve your breathing technique and even help improve your aerobic and anaerobic fitness!
You can get to see parts of the world that many never do and have a lifetime of unforgettable and amazing experiences.
So if you haven’t taken the plunge yet why not do so on this ‘Women’s Dive Day’ or if you are nowhere near a dive center then plan to try it on your next holiday!
Once you have tried it you will soon be addicted to to exploring the stunning under water world and being a little mermaid whenever you can find the time…
Hope you enjoyed this post and manage to take part in one of the many special activities available this week.
If you try scuba diving for the first time this week or are already an experienced diver then why not leave a comment and share some of the beautiful things, that you saw on your last dive adventure.
Also in celebration of Women’s Dive day if you know an amazing female who is in some way making a major positive contribution to the diving industry, then why not give them a well deserved mention below! 🙂