PADI Women’s Dive Day

Women’s Dive Day Matters for Women in Diving

by Fahmi, AMD-B’s 2024 Divemaster Internship

PADI Women’s Dive Day (WDD) is an annual event that celebrates and promotes the involvement of women in scuba diving. Started by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), this day represents a commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women. Since it began in 2015, PADI WDD has become a global movement, bringing together divers of all genders to honor the achievements of women in diving and to encourage more women to explore the underwater world.

Representation (empowering)

By showcasing women in diving, PADI Women’s Dive Day serves as a powerful platform where women’s talents and achievements are recognized and valued within dive communities. This representation is crucial as it highlights the diverse contributions women make to the field, from marine biology and underwater photography to dive instruction and environmental conservation. Celebrating these achievements helps to empower women and ensures they receive the recognition they deserve.

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Breaking Down Barriers

Scuba diving has long been seen as a male-dominated activity. However, PADI Women’s Dive Day challenges this view by showing that women can and do thrive in the diving community. By putting the spotlight on female divers, the event helps to break down gender barriers and promotes inclusivity. This shift not only encourages more women to take up diving but also creates a more welcoming and diverse environment within the sport.

Inspiring Future Generations

One of the most significant impacts of PADI Women’s Dive Day is its potential to inspire future generations. When young girls see women excelling in the diving world, they gain role models who show them that pursuing a career in diving is not only possible but also rewarding. This inspiration can lead to young women dreaming big, whether it’s becoming marine scientists, professional divers, or underwater explorers.

Creating a Supportive Community

PADI Women’s Dive Day also creates opportunities for women to connect and support one another. By sharing experiences and building networks, female divers can form a supportive community that fosters growth and development. This sense of camaraderie is essential for both personal and professional development, providing a space where women can learn from each other and gain confidence in their abilities.

Promoting Confidence and Leadership

PADI Women’s Dive Day encourages women to be confident and to push boundaries in a traditionally male-dominated field. By celebrating women who have succeeded in diving, the event challenges stereotypes and demonstrates that women are just as capable of achieving greatness. This recognition helps women gain confidence in their abilities and can inspire them to take on leadership roles, ultimately contributing to a more balanced and diverse diving community.

Shark Attack

Shark Diving in Indonesia

Looking for some shark-y Indonesia diving? AMD-B ‘Beyond Bali’ Dive Travel Consultants would be delighted to put together the best possible arrangements to enable you to visit one – or all! – of the below Indonesian dive destinations! You can contact them on Tours@AquaMarineDiving.com.

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Komodo, Raja Ampat, and Bali

Catsharks in Komodo: Night-diving will increase your chances of encountering them as they’re nocturnal hunters.

Carpet aka Wobbegong sharks: There are multiple Raja Ampat dive sites where you can encounter Wobbegongs. You’ll see them lying on the bottom (including in caves) – hence the name ‘carpet’ – and are pretty cool with ambushing their prey. Also expect to see Grey and Black-tip reef sharks.

Reef sharks at Mimpang/Tepekong, Bali: You can see them out in the open, and sleeping in caves and under table corals. They’re very timid so please don’t harass them.

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West Papua, South Lombok, and Alor

Whalesharks in Cendrawasih Bay & Triton Bay, West Papua: You can visit either location whether you’re on a liveaboard or on a Day Trip from a resort. At most dive destinations, Whaleshark sightings are considered rare however these Whalesharks appear to be resident. However, you do need to know where and when to visit.

Hammerhead sharks at ‘The Magnet’, South Lombok: You’ll need gloves and a reef hook! Hammerhead season here is July to October; the currents can be VERY challenging however it’s worth it – “schools of hammerheads” should be on your bucketlist!
Hammerheads are also seen in the Banda Sea on their seasonal, migratory routes.

Thresher sharks in Alor: This one is like hitting a jackpot! There are multiple, seasonal records of schooling Thresher sharks in Alor but remember that sadly these days they are endangered and pretty rare.
A non-profit foundation registered under the Indonesian government has been established to pass on to the local populations that these creatures are at a high risk of extinction. Want to come and try your luck?

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Note: The majority of the dive sites where these big pelagics are usually encountered can have quite challenging currents. We suggest you get an Advanced certification (dive to greater depths) and – perhaps more importantly – your Drift Dive specialty before proceeding on your Indonesia Shark Diving Adventure.

Cenderawasih Bay

Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua

Located in the Bird’s Head peninsula, Cenderawasih Bay is the location for the largest (1.5 million hectares) National Marine Park in Southeast Asia. Acclaimed as the ‘newest’ dive destination in the region, the bay is more than 300kms wide, and has a 700kms coastline with several rivers emptying into it.

Cenderawasih Bay includes 18 pristine paradise-like islands and combines a coral reef ecosystem with mangrove and terrestrial tropical forests. Here you can find endemic flora and fauna, including the Birds of Paradise.

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Diving in Cenderawasih Bay

Diving here is done by liveaboard, usually on trips of 10 days and longer. The resident whalesharks are the primary reason people visit this remote area. They are resident simply because they have a continual supply of sardines that fall from the nets of the floating fishermen’s platforms. These massive, slow-moving fish simply ignore any divers and snorkellers; it really is an amazing and unique experience!

The Cenderawasih region is a remarkable dive destination for large and small animals, beautiful reefs bursting with life, and a dozen WWII shipwreck sites across the bay. One of the most famous wrecks is the Shinwa Maru which lies at 16-34m, a large cargo vessel with two huge holes from bomb damage on its starboard side. Other famous dive sites in this region are Kwatisore Bay, well known for the whalesharks and Sungei Omiand, a muck site with a black volcanic sand seabed.

Cenderawasih Bay is a perfect remote destination for a sailing holiday and one of the best scuba diving destinations in Indonesia.

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Cenderawasih Bay Diving Conditions

Diving here is basically good year round however the liveaboard ‘season’ is normally May to October. Heavier rain can be expected July/August and November/December. Surface conditions are usually calm with currents ranging from moderate to strong depending on the dive site. The visibility is 10-30m with the temperature relatively constant at 27°-30°C.

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How to reach Cenderawasih Bay

Most liveaboards use the 3 small towns of Manokwari, Biak and Nabire as their embarkation and disembarkation ports. There are daily domestic flights from Jakarta to Manokwari, Biak or Nabire (with stopovers in Makassar/Surabaya and Sorong). Carriers servicing the area are Garuda Indonesia, and Sriwijaya Air. Another option is to fly from Manado to Sorong and take a connecting flight to Manokwari.

For more information on Cenderawasih Bay diving, dive resorts, transfers, and to start your planning, please contact AMD-B’s ‘Beyond Bali’ Dive Travel Consultants today. As always, they will be more than happy to offer recommendations and make arrangements to suit your preferences. Contact us on Tours@AquaMarineDiving.com today!