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6th Annual PADI Women’s Dive Day: Celebrating connections with each other and the Ocean



Over the last five years, PADI® Members have hosted nearly 4,000 PADI Women’s Dive Day events around the world. In doing so, the PADI Family has changed thousands of lives, expanded the dive community and made the underwater world more accessible to all. On 18 July 2020, the dive community will come together again from all corners of the globe to continue the tradition online and in person where possible.

Wherever you are in the world, and whatever your current situation, make plans to participate in the 6th Annual PADI Women’s Dive Day. It can be as simple as taking part virtually with PADI or, if your situation and local regulations allow, rally divers to join you for a virtual or local event.

“Events may look a bit different this year but that won’t stop us from celebrating our wonderful dive community, and strengthening our connection to each other and with the ocean,” says Kristin Valette-Wirth, Chief Marketing Officer of PADI Worldwide.

As diving is opening back up in many parts of the world, consider using PADI Women’s Dive Day as an excuse to safely welcome divers back into your shop to dive with you, if possible. Share your community’s spirit and passion with the world by posting videos, photos and stories on your social media channels. Tag #padiwomen and #padiwomensdiveday so your adventures become part of the global conversation. Discover additional ideas on how you can participate during these times.

PADI is planning a robust lineup of online content and social activations that celebrate the female dive community. On 18 July 2020, join PADI on Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours of PADI Women’s Dive Day posts, videos, stories and live interaction. Leading up to the day, explore blog articles and videos at and Share this content and invite your divers to follow along with the #padiwomen and #padiwomensdiveday hashtags.

Since 2015, divers have been coming together each July for a day of shared adventure and passion for the underwater world. With overwhelming support from the dive community, PADI Women’s Dive Day has grown into a worldwide celebration that brings everyone together – not just women. The day fosters a global community that encourages divers of all genders, ages, races, backgrounds and abilities to safely and confidently explore and protect the underwater world.

“The inclusive nature and diversity of diving is something we celebrate and honor. It is embedded in the ethos of our organization,” says Valette-Wirth. “The importance of making the oceans accessible to all and the vital role people of every gender and background play in restoring balance between humanity and nature should not be undervalued. We are actively seeking to do more to increase this diversity in our community, on PADI Women’s Dive Day and every day moving forward.”

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Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Windmill Beach (Watch Video)



Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Situated a short drive out of Simonstown is the shore dive at Windmill beach. A short swim over the sand and through the large boulders you enter the incredibly diverse and colourful kelp forests (Ecklonia maxima), a species that can grow up to 12m tall. Life is found in abundance from the base of the kelp where many sea urchins and species such as abalone can be seen then heading into the canopy many shoaling fish species can be observed.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.

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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE



Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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