PADI Kicks Off Celebrations in Advance of PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017

PADI today announced plans for the third annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on Saturday, 15 July 2017. The day will unite PADI Members and recreational divers – both male and female alike – through hundreds of events around the world, celebrating women divers and aiming to narrow the gender gap in diving.

Excitement for PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 kicks off on 8 March in celebration of International Women’s Day: A series of blog articles, social posts and videos featuring inspirational testimonials from female PADI Professionals and divers will be featured in the lead-up to 15 July 2017, culminating in thousands of divers of every level rallying together to bond over their love of the ocean and a passion for diving.

Realizing the need to foster a dive community that empowers and inspires women of all ages to become lifetime participants in the sport, PADI created PADI Women’s Dive Day in 2015. For the past two years, dive industry partners have come together to attract new women to the sports of scuba diving and freediving, as well as motivate certified female divers to get in the water and continue their dive training. Through the enthusiasm and participation of PADI Members and the dive industry as a whole, this growing tradition has continued to gain momentum, further strengthening and supporting the female dive community.

Last year, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts around the world hosted more than 700 events across 77 countries during the second annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on 16 July 2016. The initiative garnered international support from dive professionals, media and masses of female divers, many of whom were joined by their families and male buddies. Events included shark dives and marine education courses, an underwater Olympics and a sprint by Team Sedna – a 10-woman expedition team – to dive all five of the US Great Lakes in just 24 hours. As a result, PADI saw a reduction in the gender gap in certifications.

Interested in taking part in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017? Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort or visit to find an event near you.

PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, be sure to add your event to the PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 event locator.

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