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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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Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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