In celebration of PADI Women’s Dive Day on July 20th, here at Camel Dive Club & Hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, we thought that we would use the opportunity to answer some of the common questions that our female instructors and reservations team receive from our female guests.
With more and more women getting in to scuba, there are certain factors that just aren’t an issue for our male counterparts and are not covered in many training agency curriculums. (Disclaimer: this article is for entertainment purposes only.)
So here we go with our answers to the questions:
- I have recently had a breast augmentation (boob job), can I still scuba dive or will they burst?
This was a bit of a tricky one to answer as (as far as I know) none of our current female instructors had this procedure so I didn’t have a willing staff member to try it out on. However, the common consensus is that, yes you can dive and no they won’t burst! Just make sure that you are fully healed and that you have a medical practitioners clearance to dive and off you go. Just don’t forget that you may need to purchase a new wetsuit.
- How many pairs of shoes do I need to take with me on my diving holiday?
This depends very much, as to whether you will be enjoying a Liveaboard or a shore based diving holiday. One of the great thing about Liveaboard diving is that you get to take your shoes off once and not put them on until the end of your trip. The girls at Camel would recommend only take the shoes that you need to arrive and depart in.
A land based diving holiday will be a little different, even though usually you do not wear shoes on the boats, the recommendation for this is to take one pair to match at least every different outfit and not to forget the super high stilettos for your final night.
- Can I dive during my period or will I attract sharks?
Girl, do you not remember all those feminine hygiene product advertisements? You can do anything whilst you have your period from roller blading, sitting on sofas with friends in white trousers, sky diving and scuba diving.
Unfortunately, having your period whilst scuba diving will not attract sharks. If it did, it would make female dive guides exceptionally popular with regard to guiding dives at certain times of the month.
- How much extra weight do I need to add to the basic weighting guidelines if I have big boobs?
1 kg per breast! If only it were that simple. The recommendation is to follow the basic weighting guidelines and set up your weights accordingly. Then once in the water complete a weight check like you would whenever you change your equipment, environment or if you haven’t been diving in a while.
- How many bikinis/swimsuits do I need for a day diving?
If you are completing three dives (which you better had as the third dive is when the big stuff shows up), then you will need at least two depending on the air temperature.
The logic for this is that you wear your first bikini for your first dive, then change into a dry one for the surface interval and second dive leaving the one that you wore on your first dive to dry. By the time you have completed your second dive, your first bikini should be dry for you to change into. Then you simply repeat the process. Jokes aside, this is a top tip from our female guides as you don’t want to be sitting around in a wet bikini all day as it can lead to all kinds of interesting problems down there as it is the perfect environment for bacteria. The plus side is now you have an excuse to bring as many cute bikinis as possible on your dive trip.
- What is the best hairstyle for scuba diving?
If you have been lucky enough to dive with us at Camel, you will notice that our female dive guides sport a variety of different hairstyles. One of the most popular is the French braid if you are able to complete this challenging feat. Failing that, you can’t really go wrong with a low bun so that it will not interfere with your mask strap, it will even help to hold it in place. Top tip from the girls at Camel: don’t forget to use a slap strap to avoid being hair free by the end of your dive trip.
- Am I allowed to dive without my significant other?
Definitely, in fact it is even encouraged and that way you will have more to talk about when you do spend some time together. I would even go as far as to say why not book a complete dive trip alone – that will give you conversation topics with your partner for a very long time, perhaps even a year.
It is a scientific fact that solo travelling, scuba diving females are the coolest people at on the planet. Places like Camel Dive Club & Hotel are an ideal choice for a Solo Traveler as our integrated facilities embody all aspects of a dive holiday combined in a club (or “Tribe”) atmosphere, meaning that as a Solo Traveler it is easy to meet likeminded people.
I hope that you found the above information a little useful and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the fabulous female divers out there, a very happy bubbling PADI Women’s Dive Day.
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For more from Camel Dive Club & Hotel please visit www.cameldive.com.
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.
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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