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Scuba Diving Empowers Women During PADI Women’s Dive Day Celebrations

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For the fourth consecutive year, the world’s largest scuba diver training organisation invites divers of all ages and experience levels to celebrate women and the dive community for its worldwide celebration known as PADI Women’s Dive Day. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) encourages females around the globe to band together on Saturday, July 21, to safely and confidently explore the underwater world and inspire more women to experience how diving can transform their lives.

There are myriad benefits related to diving but – in celebration of PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 –here are five unique reasons #PADIWomen love to dive, and ways that scuba diving can empower any woman to challenge the status quo:

  1. Experience the world from a new perspective – Diving allows you to explore the other 71 percent of the planet covered in water. It provides abundant opportunities to find adventure in uncharted waters, travel to unique destinations, encounter wildlife and interact with cultures you might not otherwise meet. You’ll even experience things right in your own hometown that you never knew were there.
  2. Secure a much needed “mental health day” – Self-care is essential for overall wellness. Being submerged underwater allows you to experience absolute peace and quiet from outside distractions. If you’re a multitasker and juggle a lot in your life, scuba diving allows you to focus on the here-and-now, escaping the stresses of the topside world.
  3. Discover a whole new social sphere – Diving is a social sport, allowing you to meet and interact with others who share common interests and a passion for adventure, travel and the underwater world. Whether traveling abroad or seeking a local course, PADI Dive Centres and Resorts make it easy for divers to plan trips together or simply exchange tips, information and great memories.
  4. Obtain a sense of accomplishment and pride – Each dive leads to personal growth. Whether you’re diving with mantas, participating in your first night dive or exploring a wreck, embracing new experiences builds confidence.
  5. Advocate for our ocean and our planet – Diving fosters appreciation for the underwater environment and its connection to our life on land. Through dive adventures, you can be exposed to people who can inspire and educate you about aquatic habitats, the importance of preserving them and how you can make a difference.

PADI Women’s Dive Day has gained impressive global momentum as the largest celebration in diving. We are proud to continue to close the gender gap among certified divers year over year, allowing all adventure-seeking women to fulfil their quest for ocean exploration and discovery,” says Kristin Valette-Wirth, chief marketing and business development officer for PADI Worldwide. “In this fourth year, we remain committed to inspiring and empowering all divers to join us for a day of fun and passion, and to honour the incredible female divers around the world.

Throughout its history, scuba diving has often been viewed as a male-centric sport, with females historically achieving less than 35 percent of scuba certifications each year. But in the last four years, PADI has witnessed a reduction in the gender gap in dive certifications by nearly four percent. PADI Women’s Dive Day has helped birth a movement of empowerment in the industry by inviting women everywhere to seek diving’s unique gifts of adventure, pride and courage. Since its onset in 2015, PADI Women’s Dive Day has grown from 335 events in 65 countries to nearly 900 events in 85 countries in 2017.

The annual tradition aims to strengthen bonds within the community, encourage more active diving and create more stewards for the ocean through a single day dedicated to community, self-discovery and adventure. PADI Women’s Dive Day also celebrates female divers and organisations making waves in the industry, and provides opportunities for divers to have a positive impact on issues affecting ocean health and dive communities. In 2017, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts hosted a range of activities including dive cruises in Australia and underwater cleanups in Singapore, to fundraisers for female dive scholarships in the U.S. and dive excursions with marine biologists in Italy.

For more information on PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 or how you can learn to dive, visit www.padi.com/women or contact your local PADI Dive Centre or Resort.

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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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