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11 Female Divers Who Explore The Ocean – PADI Women’s Dive Day

July 7, 2017

There’s so much to see in this world and a lot of that is in the sea. And diving gives you the chance to explore stretches of the world you only could dream about seeing. PADI Women’s Dive Day is coming up on July 15, 2017. It’s a day where PADI divers – both male and female alike – will unite around the world through hundreds of different events to celebrate female divers. It’s also meant to narrow the gender gap in diving, because there are so many women who can, and do, dive and kick ass at it. To piggyback on recent movements around the world that are empowering women to find their “fearless female” within, Women’s Dive Day is an IRL “Mermaid Movement,” if you will!

Last year, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts around the world set up more than 700 events across 77 different countries. So with this year’s event on the horizon, make sure to see if you can find an event near you and use these women divers as inspiration to get in the water.


Female Divers Who Will Inspire You

A PADI Diver is someone who is an ambassador to the ocean. They love to explore and go on adventures and most importantly, they care about the world and our oceans. They’ve been trained and educated about diving to the highest standards for safety and performance. Plus, PADI Divers make up the world’s largest group of passionate divers (there are MILLIONS of PADI divers around the world and 133,000 PADI professionals in 186 countries and more than 6,400 dive centers and resorts around the world). So check out some of those divers and see what they get up to underwater!

1. Kiersten Rich

So grateful for my time spent unda-da-sea in Belize! ??? •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• In 5 days, I took 6 flights and went on 7 dives. I even got the chance to dive down to the caves in the Blue Hole! (One of my biggest bucket list dives!) This dive at the Half Moon Caye Wall was one of the most awe-inspiring reefs I've ever seen. ~~~ I recently upgraded my dive gear w/ a dive computer from @ScubaPro and an underwater camera housing from @recsea_uw_housings. The photos and videos I captured are insane and I can't wait get some new videos up on YouTube for you guys! ~~~ Massive thanks to @hamanasi_resort for the incredible stay and unforgettable adventures! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ? Wetsuit by @cynthia_rowley | @travelbelize @paditv #belize #padi #scuba

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Kiersten Rich has dived all over the world and has even done some huge bucket list dives like the Blue Hole in Belize.

2. Alexandra Baackes


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Alex spends part of her year living in Thailand so she can dive daily! She’s also an AmbassaDiver.

3. Rocio Gajon

Rocio is a PADI Ambassador and dive instructor in San Diego, California!

4. Sarah Richard

I can breath underwater, what's your superpower? #girlsthatscuba ?? photo by @superennyphoto with @bateeldiver

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Sarah is a travel and scuba dive writer and has gone diving all over the world. She’s also a founder of the Instagram community, @girlsthatscuba!

5. Josie Tognolini

Let me take you diving ? ? @alfredminnaarphotography ~ @girlsthatscuba @paditv

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Josie is a PADI Dive Instructor in Gili Trawangan in Indonesia!

6. Alison Teal

Alison travels the world, doing amazing things, like free diving with a manta ray at night.

7. Julie Anderson

I'll never get enough #qualitytime with my finned friends ?? #sharklover #shark #nurseshark PC: @neilandrea

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Julia dives with sharks – and works tirelessly to protect them. How cool is that?

8. Tracy Komlos

Tracy dove between the continental plates of North America and Eurasia when she was in Iceland in freezing cold water!

9. Sarah Mccaffrey

When you spend 90% of 2016 underwater ??

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Sarah is a dive instructor who says she spent 90 percent of last year underwater!

10. Sarah Barrett

Sarah is a dive instructor who has dove with whale sharks (and that’s a huge bucket list moment).

11. Hayley-Jo Carr

Hayley is a PADI Platinum Course Director!

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This post was sponsored by PADI, but as always, all opinions are my own.

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  • stephanie July 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Great article! I recently got into diving so this is very interesting for me 🙂

    • July 26, 2017 at 9:48 am