Why Women Should Learn to Dive.
As a member of the female gender myself, and also a member of the world’s SCUBA diving community for over thirty years, I can say I wholeheartedly agree with Melinda Crow’s reasons listed below as to why women should dive. Read on!
I can’t imagine my life without scuba diving. I have seen and experienced things far beyond my original expectations, and I never want it to end. Last year we met a woman in her eighties diving in Florida. She was diving with her daughter, who carried her gear for her. The daughter told us that she only carried the gear because her mom had had hip replacement surgery the year before. Seeing them made my heart sing!
Worldwide scuba certification agency PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), cites that only 36% of all divers are women. I was actually a bit surprised by that number. I would have guessed the number was lower, at least among U.S. divers. I frequently see higher numbers of European women divers when we dive on Bonaire.
And now, with some background information provided, here’s my favorite five reasons from the list of 12 as to why women should learn to dive:
1. There are no phones.
The ability to escape the demands and chaos of the digital world for an hour at a time is my favorite reason for diving.
This is one of my personal favorites. Being able to “disconnect” for an hour or so is certainly a luxury these days!
2. We are actually better at it than most guys.
Most guys that scuba dive frequently with women will tell you that women divers are better at buoyancy control and at air consumption than men. Gary used to think my air gauges were wrong because I always have more air left in my tank than he does. After I easily outlasted a seasoned dive master on an 80-minute shallow dive with plenty of air left in my tank he realized that I simply breath more efficiently than most guys.
Well, I will probably take a little flack for including this one, but after actively teaching both men and women to dive for many years, I can agree that women “get” the whole issue of buoyancy much more quickly than men!
This is actually a reason for anybody to want to dive. What’s not to love about a seahorse?
Can’t think of anyone who will disagree with this one, or the one following! Seahorses, turtles, and all the other wonderful marine life are the reasons we dive!
I have been known to laugh out loud underwater (yes, that’s possible) at the leisurely antics of sea turtles. I think it may have been the deciding factor for my sister-in-law to start diving. After encountering them while snorkeling in Hawaii, she made the plunge to have a deeper look beneath the waves.
5. Guys can’t save the oceans by themselves.
Getting beneath the waves for a first-hand look at trash accumulations, coral bleaching, and damage caused by ships is the best way to realize that the oceans need all the help we can all muster.
People protect what they love. The more people who find a love for the oceans and the world’s coral reefs, the better off the oceans and reefs will be!
How to get certified on Bonaire?
In case this piques the interest of women who snorkel while on Bonaire, think about upgrading and joining the men-folk on their dives! Nearly all of Bonaire’s fine dive centers have female instructors on staff, who can assist with the special considerations for women.
Come on, gals, try it out and get certified! You’ll only regret not doing it!
Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.