PADI’s International Women’s Dive Day: Encourage More Women To Dive

Why?

Woman scuba diver

Diving used to be almost completely male-dominated, with over 90% of divers being men, and very little specific female gear available to women. These days, women have sprinted ahead, and now women make up about one-third of all certifications. We would still love to see that number reach 50/50, and we hope Women’s Dive Day can be part of closing the gap. The event has been growing each year, and is organised to get even more people, notably women, experiencing the underwater world.

How?

Dive events, such as special (intro) dives, are organised worldwide to enthuse women about diving, the ocean and the underwater world. Diving provides an ideal opportunity to travel and to make friends! Also, diving can be combined with other sports such as yoga for double entertainment.

The percentage of women involved in professional scuba diving is still relatively modest, but also here a catch up is visible over the last few years.

WWDAS proudly introduces to you our professional female staff

Siren Fleet

Siren Fleet women crew

Laura Henry: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, diving since 2007 – Indo Siren, Assistant Cruise Director

Shu Ming Cheung: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, diving since 1998 – Between Philippines and Indo Cruise Director. Our most linguistic crew member who can speak….Dutch, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Spanish, Tagalog, and Bahasa Indonesia

Chrissie Bone: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, diving since 2010 – Philippine Siren, Cruise Director

Jona Dabocol: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, diving since 2014 – Philippine Siren, Assistant Cruise Director

Kailey Gabrian-Voorhees: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, diving since 2010 – Palau Siren, co-Cruise Director. Not only a wise and experienced diver, but can tell you all about the things you are seeing with a degree in Marine Biology

Master Liveaboards

Master Liveaboards women crew

Natalia Cifuentes Vivante: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, diving since 2003 – Galapagos Master, Dive Guide. A great specialist as well in coral reef conservation awareness.

Julie Cherais: SSI Instructor, diving since 2010 – French Polynesia Master, Dive Guide

Marine Collard: PADI Divemaster and CMAS Instructor, diving since 2004 – French Polynesia Master, Dive Guide

Sophie Grisard: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, diving since 2013 – Maldives Master, co-Cruise Director

Anke Westerlaken: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, SSI Instructor, NOB Instructor (Holland) diving since 1999 – Red Sea Master, Cruise Director

Carmen Toanchina: PADI Open Water Instructor – Solomons PNG Master, Cruise Director

All together, totalling more than 150 years of diving experience between them!

Our Phuket Office divers

Phuket office women divers

Fefe Morisod: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, diving since 1991 – Destination Management Coordinator

Anja Jessen: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, diving since 2000 – Regional Destination Manager

Nadine Zegla: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, diving since 2017 – Destination Management Officer

Nong Aimaoeb: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, diving since 2016 – Marketing Assistant

Leticia Sanchis: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, diving since 2010 – Marketing Assistant

Renske Lauterbach: PADI Assistant Instructor, diving since 2002 – Marketing Assistant

Sue Horwood: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, diving since 2004 – Premier Reservations Consultant

Mailey Kangur: PADI Open Water Diver, diving since 2016 – Reservations Consultant

Sarina Konradsdal: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, diving since 2002 – Reservations Consultant

Oui Mukkaew: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, diving since 2016 – Officer accounts

Nat Gilbey: PADI Open Water Diver, diving since 2013 – Financial Officer

Ping Saelim: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, diving since 2003 – Accountant

Joy Poonsin: PADI Open Water Diver, diving since 2018 – Accounts Officer

Isa Dechamps: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, diving since 2005 – HR Manager

Pimnibha Ujjin: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, diving since 2000 – HR & Training Officer

Destinations

Destination management women

Melanie Hicks: PADI Divemaster, diving since 2006 – Egypt Ground & Operations Executive

Salma Abdallah: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, diving since 2016 – Egypt Ground & Operations Executive

Leigh Cobb: PADI Master Instructor, diving since 1996 – Bahamas Destination Manager

Angkana Gosselin: Open Water Diver, diving since January 2018 – French Polynesia Master Chief Steward

Shaz Kozak: Course Director – Solomon PNG Master, Destination Manager

Apologies to any of our female divers we have missed, but we salute you all, divers (and of course non-divers) of our Worldwide Dive and Sailors.

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