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PADI Women’s Dive Day Events Inspire New Divers and Strengthen Bonds

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PADI® Members in 85 countries hosted a record 884 events in celebration of the third annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on 15 July 2017. Since the inaugural event in 2015, PADI has seen widespread adoption and support of its Women In Diving initiative – and this year proved no different.

PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 garnered more than 90 million media impressions worldwide and reached millions of people via social media, increasing awareness and excitement for diving across a wide audience. PADI Members, AmbassaDiversTM, social influencers and divers all took to social channels to proudly share their Women’s Dive Day experiences. On Instagram alone, posts tagged with #padiwomensdiveday, #womensdiveday and #padiwomen reached nearly 5.2 million people with eight million impressions.

“PADI Women’s Dive Day is a fantastic opportunity to promote scuba diving for women,” says Barbara Baldi, PADI Master Instructor at Decostop in Piacenza, Italy. “This year we had an event involving two PADI Five Star IDCs – Decostop and Area 51 – and it was great to see our boats full of women having social moments and so much fun. Thank you PADI for this amazing event!”

The success of PADI Women’s Dive Day is evident in the number of female PADI certifications issued in the past three years. For many years, all female certifications – including entry level and continuing education – accounted for about 35 percent of global PADI recreational certifications. Since the launch of PADI’s Women in Diving initiative and Women’s Dive Day, PADI witnessed a narrowing of the gender gap and, with this shift, women now make up more than 40 percent of new entry level divers. Having more women divers generally increases the number of families diving, which helps create a stronger and more active dive community.

Each PADI Women’s Dive Day event was one-of-a-kind, tailored to the specific interests of female divers (or soon to be divers) in the community. Events included everything from underwater cleanups and fundraisers for great causes, to shark dives and travel adventures. Some events included female-only dive courses or excursions while others encouraged participation from the whole family. However, all events had common goals: to strengthen bonds within the dive community, get more people actively diving and create more stewards for our oceans.

“On PADI Women’s Dive Day, I was surrounded by female divers, which meant I was simultaneously surrounded by my peers and my heroes,” says Shayna Cohen, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer at Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Key Largo, Florida, USA. “I giant-strided into an ocean brimming with female buddies, divemasters and instructors, off the stern of a boat run by a female captain and first mate. As I watched an 11-year-old girl follow behind me, I could see the industry changing from its historically male-dominated past. It’s important for the world to know that female divers are great divers: they’re strong, smart, courageous, adventurous and compassionate, and they’re here to make waves.”

Special thanks to all who took part in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 to help to grow the dive community by attracting new people to scuba diving and freediving, and motivating existing female divers to get back in the water and continue their dive training. The continued success of this initiative is only possible due to the enthusiasm and participation of PADI Members around the world.

Save the date! Next year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day will be on Saturday, 21 July 2018. For more information, visit www.PADI.com.

Source: www.divenewswire.com

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Book Release: Diving the Thistlegorm – The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck

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Diving the Thistlegorm is a unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks. In this highly visual guide, cutting edge photographic methods enable views of the wreck and its fascinating cargo which were previously impossible.

This book is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological and photographic expertise, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. For the first time, Diving the Thistlegorm brings the rich and complex contents of the wreck together, identifying individual items and illustrating where they can be found. As the expert team behind the underwater photography, reconstructions and explanations take you through the wreck in incredible detail, you will discover not only what has been learned but also what mysteries are still to be solved.

Find out more about:

  • One of the world’s greatest dives.
  • Incredible ‘photogrammetry’ shows the wreck and cargo in a whole new light.
  • Meticulous detail presented in a readable style by experts in their respective fields.

About the authors:

Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert who has documented underwater subjects for a wide range of clients including Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and television companies such as National Geographic Channel and Discovery Canada. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing original ships from historic plans. He has worked with a number of organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.


About the book:

  • Release date 25 November 2020
  • Limited run of Hardbacks
  • RRP £35
  • ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5
  • 240 photo-packed pages
  • 240 x 160 mm

Available to pre-order now from Divedup.com, Amazon, online, and from retailers.

Check back on Scubaverse.com for a review of the book coming soon!

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Deptherapy’s Dr Richard Cullen becomes a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

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Dr Richard Cullen, Chairman of Scuba Diving Rehabilitation Charity Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education, has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society is a prestigious Fellowship that is open to those who demonstrate a sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.

Paul Rose, Deptherapy’s Vice Chair, and a world renowned explorer, author, broadcaster, who is a former Vice Chair of the RGS said: 

“This is a huge achievement by Richard. His Fellowship is richly deserved, and a direct result of his steadfast commitment to preserving our oceans through Deptherapy’s very powerful ‘Protecting Our Oceans’ Programme.  I know the top team at the RGS are looking forward to welcoming Richard into the Society.”

The RGS was founded in 1830 to advance geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, as well as by advocating on behalf of the discipline and promoting geography to public audiences.

Paul Toomer, President of RAID, said:

“I have been close friends with Richard for many years and his passion for our seas, even at 70 years of age, is undiminished.  Deptherapy are the world leaders in adaptive scuba diving teaching and are our much valued partners.  Taking UK Armed Forces Veterans who have suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges and engaging them in major marine biology expeditions, is to most of us beyond the realms of possibility.  The skills these guys have to develop is just awesome.  This is a great honour for Richard, a great honour for Deptherapy, and also for us as their partners.  The diving world must come together to celebrate and acknowledge Richard’s achievement.”

Richard joins some distinguished Fellows of the RGS.  Former Fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.

Richard said:

“I am both honoured and humbled to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When I was invited to apply for a Fellowship, I was, which is very unusual for me, lost for words.  I hope it will allow me to take our message of Protecting Our Oceans to a larger audience and to further develop our programmes.  The Fellowship is a recognition of the charity’s work to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans.  The credit belongs to a group of individuals who have overcome massive challenges to let alone qualify as divers but now to progress to marine biology expedition diving”.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit www.deptherapy.co.uk.

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