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PADI Women’s Dive Day Inspires New Divers and Ambassadors for the Oceans

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PADI invites divers of every experience level to take part in the third annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on Saturday, July 15. In celebration, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts around the world are hosting up to 700 events in around 71 countries, uniting thousands of divers – both male and female alike – to cultivate a stronger dive community.

Since its inaugural event in 2015, PADI Women’s Dive Day has generated an avenue for fun, exploration and camaraderie by inviting new and experienced divers to participate in events ranging from underwater cleanups and sunset dive cruises to shark dives and travel adventures. Over the past three years, this tradition has succeeded in its efforts to foster a more active and engaged dive community on a number of levels.

While PADI Women’s Dive Day is inherently focused on female divers, an underlying objective of the initiative is to bring more people of every demographic into the sports of scuba and freediving. More certified women divers brings more children, spouses, friends and even more multigenerational families into diving, creating a stronger dive community and more stewards for the oceans.

“As a female dive industry executive, my personal hope is to champion a dive community that empowers and inspires women of all ages – and their loved ones – to become lifetime participates in the sport and lifelong advocates for the oceans,” says Kristin Valette, chief marketing and business development officer, PADI Worldwide. “On the surface, Women’s Dive Day offers an opportunity for women to try out a new hobby, meet other female divers or reconnect with a sport they may have drifted away from. But it also provides a platform to spark a dialogue with women who may have thought diving wasn’t suited for them for a variety of reasons, or who never realized that diving was something that they could do with their whole family.”

Historically, diving was perceived to be a male-centric sport. Through its women in diving initiative, PADI is working to challenge long-standing misconceptions about diving from a perspective to which many women can relate. To this end, PADI is furthering the global celebration of women in diving by hosting a series of blog articles, social posts and videos featuring inspirational testimonials from female PADI Professionals and divers. Their stories speak to the impact that diving has had on their lives while providing an opportunity to address a variety of topics such as equipment needs and health issues that many people, particularly women, are curious about. The unifying message: With proper training, anyone of any age or background can learn to dive and experience the endless opportunities for adventure and discovery that diving offers.

“I think my favorite part of PADI Women’s Dive Day is the camaraderie between all of us. I really feel like I’ve made some friends for life,” says Gemma Smith, PADI AmbassaDiverTM and Master Scuba Diver Trainer. “We’re all here with a common goal – to show how cool and how fun diving is to get more women into this sport that we all love so much.”

For more information on PADI Women’s Dive Day and to find an event near you, visit www2.padi.com/women-dive. All are encouraged to take part, meet new dive buddies and dive together in celebration.

Share the excitement and join the community of women divers online through #PADIWOMEN.

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The Rescue – available on Disney+ tomorrow (Watch Trailer)

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If you missed the recent cinema debut of The Rescue film, you can watch it on streaming channel Disney+ from tomorrow December 3rd.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmakers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo), The Rescue is the edge-of-your-seat account of the rescue of 12 Thai school boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave system in 2018.

The Rescue chronicles the dramatic rescue of the boys and their coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. Academy Award®-winning directors and producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin reveal the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers, and the dedication of an entire community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. An outing to explore a nearby system of caves after soccer practice transformed into a two-week saga of survival and a story that would capture the world’s attention. With exclusive access and never-before-seen footage from the rescue, the film tells the story of the imagination, determination and unprecedented teamwork displayed during this heroic edge-of-your-seat mission with life-or-death stakes.

Check back for our review of The Rescue soon!

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Shark Guardian investigation finds endangered sharks for sale in Taiwan

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A field investigation into Taiwan’s shark fin industry was conducted by Shark Guardian between December 2020 and March 2021. The investigation obtained documentary evidence of fins from endangered shark species being openly offered for sale by over half of all shark fin traders surveyed in Taiwan’s southern fishing port of Kaohsiung.

Of the 13 shark fin processing and trading companies visited, more than half were found to be trading CITES- listed fins, and seven had shark fins from CITES Appendix II-listed species as part of their product range. One company saidthere was no difference in selling protected or unprotected species. Protected sharks’ products usually create a problem for international shipping only.”

The new report details how seven out of thirteen traders surveyed in Taiwan were found to be selling shark fins from silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, mako sharks, thresher sharks and great white sharks in broad daylight – in contravention of Taiwanese and international law.

Over a three-month period, Shark Guardian investigators witnessed multiple shipments of shark fins from endangered species being unloaded at Donggang fish market which is in Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung.

Alex Hofford, Marine Wildlife Campaigner with Shark Guardian, said “To save sharks and the marine environment, Taiwanese authorities should implement an immediate crackdown on its cruel and unsustainable shark fin trade, and should tighten up local laws to ban the domestic sale of shark fin as well as better enforce its international obligations under CITES. It is also high time that the Taiwanese government should rein in its out-of-control distant water tuna fishing fleet, who are a major supplier shark fin to Chinese markets. Whilst Taiwan is a beacon of democratic and progressive values in Asia, it is allowing its unsustainable and often crime-ridden fisheries sector to rape and pillage our ocean with impunity. This must stop. Taiwan needs to show leadership in environmental protection and must quickly clean up its act as regards its sleazy shark fisheries and trade sectors.”

During our investigation, Shark Guardian also found evidence of Taiwan-based online retailers selling fins of endangered species of shark in contravention of local and international law.

According to WWF, a third of all sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, yet fishing and trading in unsustainable shark fin remains a highly profitable, but environmentally destructive, enterprise for Taiwanese companies operating out of Kaohsiung.

Brendon Sing, Co-Director of Shark Guardian said “Clearly more must be done to protect sharks globally. There are over 500 known shark species with only a handful of them listed under CITES. Even then, CITES listed sharks are still traded illegally where monitoring and enforcement lack any power and expose loopholes in the system. As long as this continues, there is no real protection for any shark species regardless of CITES listing or not. Taiwan must be responsible and take positive action in response to this report.”

Shark Guardian believes that excessively large profit margins are the main reason why Taiwan has never acted to rein in its shark fisheries and trade.

Shark Guardian hopes that Taiwan can apply its progressive values towards preserving the marine environment by imposing a comprehensive ban on the physical and online selling all species of shark fin in Taiwan. Such a ban would go above and beyond what is required under international law, and Taiwan’s domestic laws can be changed with public support.

For more information about Shark Guardian visit their website by clicking here.

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