PADI Women’s Dive Day 2018 Events to Remember

On Saturday, 21 July, PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Professional Members hosted more than a 1000 events in 104 countries across the globe for the Fourth Annual PADI Women’s Dive Day. With record-breaking participation, the day brought together thousands of divers of all genders, ages and experience levels.

Thank you to all the PADI Pros who took part in this year’s celebration to inspire new divers and build a stronger, more active dive community.

Here’s a look at some locations that helped make this year extra special.

Cairns, Australia: Sunlover Reef Cruises joined together with Straw No More, a conservation effort to stop the use of plastic straws, to get PADI Women’s Dive Day rolling on the Great Barrier Reef. Festivities on the day included a live band and other entertainment with donations going to the Committee for Oncology Unit at Cairns Hospital (COUCH).

Bali, Indonesia: AquaMarine Diving hosted a month-long celebration. Two of their main goals have been to get people passionate about the ocean through diving and snorkeling, thereby motivating them to care about marine conservation, and (as they are under-represented in the ‘sport’ of scuba diving) to bring more women to scuba diving and snorkeling.

Koh Tao, Thailand: Crystal Dive Koh Tao celebrated with a range of initiatives for PADI Women’s Dive Day. Activities included a Women in Diving focused pub quiz with proceeds going to Eco Koh Tao which is a non-profit organization focused on the preservation and conservation of marine environments.

Dauin, Philippines: PADI Pros from Salaya Beach Houses came together to teach a group of young women from the local orphanage how to dive. The girls learned everything from dive theory to equipment maintenance before completing their pool work and open water dives. The event was so inspiring some of the girls are considering becoming PADI Pros in the future.

Khuvsgul, Mongolia: Great Sea Resort Mongolia, Mongolia’s first PADI Dive Center, celebrated Women’s Dive Day with festivities at Khuvsgul, the area’s largest freshwater lake known as the “Blue Pearl of Mongolia.” Events included eco dives and PADI Discover Scuba Dives for nondivers.

Jakarta, Indonesia: To encourage more females to become divers, Ody Dive Centre organized a series of activities including presentations from female professional photographer, Dewi Wilaisono, and a female member of the Ministry of Tourism, also an avid diver. Their activities culminated in a dive trip to Genten Kecil Island.

There were many other incredible events all around the region and world. You can see more event photos on the PADI Facebook page or search for #PADIWomen on social media.

If you held an event this year, remember to follow up with all your event participants. A simple “thanks for diving with us” message keeps divers engaged and encourages them to continue diving with you. Don’t forget to include a call to action.

Mark your calendars – Next year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day is scheduled for Saturday, 20 July 2019.

Celebrating PADI Women Around Indonesia

“Having recently relocated to Indonesia from New Zealand as the PADI Regional Manager I have been pleasantly surprised at many things as I learn about this new region, one being the number of amazing women I have met working in the dive industry here. Both locals and expats hold roles as divemasters, instructors, managers, owners, conservation advocates and so many more! It is great to see events like this being supported and women being celebrated in the sport.

With PADI Women’s Dive Day just around the corner Regional Manager Jen Clent caught up with a few local women involved in the dive industry in Indonesia for a chat about their journey so far.


Meet Yuyun (Sri Wahyuni) – Yuyun works in Pulau Weh and is leading the way in changing perceptions about local women entering the dive industry. Yuyun was the first local female instructor in Aceh where historically this has been a male dominated career path. A fantastic role model!

When and how did you get involved in diving? 

“In June 2012 after quitting my job (because I have no interest anymore), I came back home to Pulau Weh. I went to live in Iboih for my unlimited holiday 😁 and I saw a few divers coming back from the dive with their equipment and I asked one of them, how does it feel, hows life down the water and what they see. The answer was making me to start the PADI Open Water Course. As soon as I enter to the ocean, I fell in love of this new world. The local crew at that time said, there is no local female diver yet so you will be the first and that made me more exited.”

What is your current role in the dive industry? 

“I am a PADI OWSI and Diving Manager for a PADI Diving Centre”.

What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?  

“Imagine doing what you love every day and get paid for it. Don’t even doubt in entering in this world, You will not regret it”.

What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry? 

“Helping people overcome their fear and showing them a new amazing different world”.

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ dive destination you are dreaming of going to? 

“Galapogos, Raja Ampat, the Blue Hole, and Maldives”.

What attributes make you more successful in diving? 

“Being always positive and friendly and also be open to learn new things”.

What is the next step in your diving career?

“Having my own PADI Resort”.

What has been your best moment in diving?

“When I let free a turtle that got entangled on a fishing net”


Meet Simone Gerritsen – Simone is a PADI Course Director and lives and works in Northern Sulawesi – Simone is truly making a difference in peoples lives every day and it is a pleasure to include Simone’s interview below:

When and how did you get involved in diving?

“I started diving in 1978 in one of the first commercial diving schools in Holland, after a spontaneous decision made while leaving a swimming pool after doing some long distance training to get rid of my stress from home. I loved it from my first breath underwater; although no briefings or information were custom at the time and the equipment just consisted of a tank with a backpack and a J-valve, a single regulator, fins and a mask. The training was hard and harsh, but I loved it and was 1 woman with 34 male buddies”.

What is your current role in the dive industry?

“Currently I own and manage 2 Dive Resorts in North Sulawesi in Indonesia and train local kids until they can have a job in the diving industry. I have built a school in my village and trained many local kids who are now working all over Indonesia. It makes me proud and happy and it makes me feel good”.

What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?

“As a tip I would say; follow your heart and not your wallet. Until now, diving is still not being looked at as a business where instructors are taking up a lot of responsibilities and liabilities. Until now, in many areas, it is still seen as a hobby if you work in this field. Your heart should be in it; your love for the sea, your love for teaching and you should enjoy the life style”.

What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry?

“I am a person that likes challenges and I could say that I am a ‘builder’. Not only of resorts (and schools) , but also of people. I love teaching and trying out new ideas and projects. I also like to try out new activities and go ‘off the beaten path’ regularly”.

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ dive destination you are dreaming of going to?

“I just came back from South Africa, which was on the top of my bucket list. I would like to try the Galapagos next. Living , working and diving in the tropics is amazing, but the roughness of cold water diving is also something that attracts me. I would do it from a liveaboard though”.

What attributes make you more successful in diving?

“I am in the industry for a long time already and was the first female Course Director in Europe. This chance was given to me to help increase the number of female divers in the industry. It works until now; especially with me teaching in the local school. The number of girls joining my class is growing. There are many female divers and instructors now and really good ones too. Women are usually very good at ‘multi-tasking’ and I think that being multi talented is giving novice instructors the best chances to become successful. There are many good instructors in the world, but finding one that has other useful skills, like languages, IT, mechanics etc is certainly something that in my opinion increases the chance to get a great job”.

What is the next step in your diving career?

“I am, presently running my resorts, which in Indonesia is a daily challenge, nevertheless I have taken up a feasibility study for one of my ‘brain babies’ to see if so called ‘dive college resorts’ could be realised in Raja Ampat”.

What has been your best moment in diving?

“There are many great moments in my 40 years of diving. If I have to mention just one, it was being present at an enormous bait ball with tuna, jacks, dolphins, orca’s and sharks; just in front of my dive center”.


Meet Indah Tasyana – at only 19 years old Indah recently successfully passed the PADI Instructor Exam and is enthusiastic about her future in this amazing industry:

When and how did you get involved in diving?

“I grew up in a diving family. My father and grandfather were both diving instructors and I got my Junior Open Water when I was 10. I guess you could say that diving is in my blood”!

What is your current role in the dive industry?

“Currently, I’m working as a diving instructor in our family business in Bali”.

What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?

“Do it”!!!

What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry?

“I really enjoy teaching beginners and I think it’s a great way to travel the world, meet people and get paid to do something you love”!

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ dive destination you are dreaming of going to?

“French Polynesia for sure! But also other parts of Indonesia like Komodo and Raja Ampat”.

What attributes make you more successful in diving?

“I had a lot of problems in the beginning learning to dive myself, especially equalizing my ears and clearing my mask! I think this helps me to understand the problems that new students can have with certain skills and it makes me a more patient teacher”.

What is the next step in your diving career?

After working a couple of years as a diving instructor, I would like to manage my own dive center.

What has been your best moment in diving?

Some of my best moments underwater are when I am exploring myself and doing crazy things, like handstands and flips! Also, it is hard to describe but when I am diving it feels like the ocean and its creatures have become my second home.


Meet Cortex Lo. Cortex is originally from Macau but is falling in love with Amed and is excited to make a difference:

When and how did you get involved in diving? 

“When I was 13 years old, coincidentally after my family had experienced a dive in Australia, I discovered that I was deeply in love with the underwater world. Slowly, after I started to get more knowledge about diving, I was very interested in everything about diving, such as Technical diving, Recreational diving, and Free diving”.

What is your current role in the dive industry? 

“I am a diving instructor in the diving industry, and more is to assist IDC course. At the same time I am also a underwater marco photographer”.

What tips or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about a career in diving? 

“Because more and more people begin to dive, I hope diving professionals do not bulk certify student, need to provide quality teaching, and following all the standards”.

What is your favourite part of working in the dive industry? 

“When I was teaching, I liked to see the student’s continuous improvement, which made me feel happy as a instructor. When I took macro shots underwater, I like to keep looking for the super small animals and record their joys and sorrows”.

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ dive destination you are dreaming of going to?

“I want to go to Mexico to study cave diving techniques”.

What attributes make you more successful in diving? 

“Successful diving is the first thing that must be following standards. The next step is to enjoying. Whether it’s teaching or fun diving, enjoying your character will make me successful”.

What is the next step in your diving career?

“Next, I will work hard to become a Course Director”. 

What has been your best moment in diving?

“Every dive are my best my favorite moment, when I bite my regulator to breathe, when I equalize, when I can feel like a state of no weight as in space, when I suddenly encountered my favorite animals underwater without expectation . That’s why every dive are my best moment”.

Want to get involved in Women’s Dive Dive? Find out more information on local events here.

If you wish to host your own PADI Women’s Dive Day event you can register your event here.

Win a Free Membership Renewal with the 2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day Video Contest

Are you hosting a PADI Women’s Dive Day Event this year? Did you know that you could win a free 2019 PADI Menbership Renewal if you are?! Are you now regretting that you haven’t registered any yet? If you’re in the first two categories, read on. If you’re in the third – not to worry, there’s still time to register your event.

To help grow PADI Women’s Dive Day even more in the coming years, we’re looking for videos that capture the spirit of PADI Women’s Dive Day – empowering and celebrating the female dive community.

That’s why we’re bringing back the PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest. Winning videos will be featured in the 2019 event promotional video and the six winners will receive a free 2019 PADI Membership Renewal.

So what are you waiting for!

How it works:

  1. Register to host a PADI Women’s Dive Day event on July 21, 2018. Register here.
  2. Film your event, giving regards to PADI standards and safe marine life practices.
  3. Get signed releases from participants. Download a sample release here.
  4. Edit footage to no longer than two minutes in length/minimum 1080p.
  5. Submit entries to womendive@padi.com. Be sure to include the entrant’s name, PADI Member/Store number, and contact information.
  6. Send video via file-sharing services such as WeTransfer or Dropbox.
  7. Six winners will be notified via email.

Full rules can be found here.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at last year’s promo video here.

You Can Plan the PADI Women’s Dive Day Event That Works for You

PADI Women’s Dive Day is fast approaching (21st July 2018 in case you’ve forgotten) and one of the great things about this day is that you can create a PADI Women’s Dive Day event that suits you!

If you’re not really sure where to start, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the event ideas below and see if something inspires you.

If you want to get more people in the water:

Host a dive! This one might seem obvious but there are so many different ways you can make this work.

  • Offer try-dive experiences like PADI Discover Scuba Dives
  • Host an all-female led dive to celebrate some of your female employees.
  • Discounted courses for PADI Women’s Dive Day
  • Encouraging women to try a specialty they might not have tried before – like PADI Night Diver or the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.

If you want to get people thinking about the health of our ocean:

Ocean conservation is a really important issue, so why not use your PADI Women’s Dive Day Event to highlight it?

  • Consider hosting a fundraiser for a non-profit organisation that is working to improve ocean health (e.g. Project AWARE , Mission Blueor a local organisation in your community).
  • Incorporate a Dive Against Debris® into your Women’s Dive Day plans (or try a beach clean-up if diving conditions aren’t ideal).
  • Put on an educational lecture or film screening. Perhaps someone you know has a passion for conservation and wants to teach the local community how they can get involved – this is a great opportunity to get them involved.

If you want to strengthen the female community:

We truly think that any of these events will strengthen the female community, but you might want to take it a step further.

  • Rally your divers to give back to organisations who are empowering women to take leadership roles within the dive industry – like Women Divers Hall of Fame.
  • Look to the next generation! Encourage girls in the community to start exploring the underwater world and instil a passion for the environment in them from a young age.
  • Spotlight women on your team (and other teams) who are having an impact on the local community. Share their stories on your social media channels, in your email communications or even get in touch with your local newspaper and ask them to spread the word even further!

Encourage inclusiveness in the diving community:

PADI Women’s Dive Day is a great excuse for people of all abilities to learn to dive!

  • Consider offering the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty or the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty in the lead up to (or on) Women’s Dive Day.
  • People with a range of conditions (including Autism) can see real benefits of diving. Speak with people in your community about how you can best help them explore the underwater world.

Planning something else? We’d love to hear! Let us know what you’re planning here.

Still got questions or need help? No problem! Just send our Women’s Dive Day team an email and we’ll be happy to help!

Ready to register? Go for it! Register here.