1 Day. 100 Countries. 1,000
Events. The world’s biggest
day in diving.

Thousands of divers come
together for the world’s largest
single day of diving.


On Saturday, 21 July, 2018 PADI Dive Shops hosted thousands of divers of all genders, ages and experience levels for a global celebration of shared adventure and passion for the ocean.

This year, dive centers across the globe hosted dive events designed to get more people actively diving and to create more stewards for the ocean. Thank you to everyone that made this year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day the largest and most celebratory to date!


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PADI women showed up around the globe and on your favorite social feeds.

Female participation has risen over the past few years in the scuba diving world and it has only been strengthened by PADI Women’s Dive Day. Many divers took the opportunity to give back by taking action for the environment and being a force for good in their local communities.


The divers over at Liquid Soul Dive joined forces to pull ghost nets — commercial fishing nets that have been abandoned at sea — out of the ocean on PADI Women’s Dive Day. By removing these nets, they reduce the risk of it plaguing reefs and entangling marine life. This collaborative effort has resulted in the removal of 147 derelict traps and 1,000 pounds of rope and line since 2017.


These Saudi Arabian PADI Women drove themselves — for the first time in their lives — to do a night dive in honor of PADI Women’s Dive Day. We congratulate them on this and for getting their PADI Night Dive Certification.


This course can be taken after completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification. It's titled PADI Advanced Open Water Diver because it advances your diving knowledge & skills.

The positive influence of these events extends beyond gender.

Since the inception of PADI Women's Dive Day in 2015, events around the globe have taken on conservation and community-minded causes at their core, giving divers the opportunity to take action, give back and be a force for good both above and below the surface.

Stuart Cove's — Bahamas

The Perry Institute for Marine Science collaborated with Stuart Cove’s to teach the PADI Reef Rescue Diver Specialty course. The course teaches about corals, the threats they face and what can be done to assist their recovery including the practice of coral nurseries. Divers participated in two dives learning how to maintain coral trees and how to plant their own coral with personalized tags so they can monitor them over the coming months.

Fifth Point Diving Center — United Kingdom

Fifth Point transformed the one-day celebration into a weeklong event filled with education programs like fundamentals of underwater photography and the Project AWARE® Dive Against Debris® Specialty course, as well as snorkeling and diving excursions. The week culminated with a Dive Against Debris on PADI Women’s Dive Day, where BBC joined in to film the group’s environmental efforts.

Blue Corner Dive - Bali

In support of the local community and in honor of the great accomplishments women have made in diving, Blue Corner Dive offered two free internships to local Indonesian women. The female-led mentorship program will take them from PADI Open Water Diver to Divemaster starting in August 2018.

Meet: Sylvia Earle

Age 82, the Matriarch of the Underwater World and an inspiration to all. Affectionately nicknamed Her Deepness, Time Magazine Women of the Year 2017. She works tirelessly as an advocate for marine conservation and for fostering public awareness of the perils to ocean ecosystems caused by overfishing and pollution. Her work with Mission Blue (a PADI partner) and now with Deep Hope is designed to educate the public on the importance of MPAs and protecting our blue planet.

Thanks to generations of curious, daring, intrepid explorers of the past, we may know enough, soon enough, to chart safe passage for ourselves far into the future.

Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in Residence & Founder of Mission Blue

Meet: Christina Zenato

PADI AmbassaDiver, PADI Course Director. Shark Whisperer. A professional diver since 1994, she shares a combined passion for the oceans, sharks and caves through her work of exploration, education and conservation. A shark ambassador, she works with sharks in the wild and is known for the special relationship she has with them. Her work is global and has helped change people’s perception of sharks in places like China and Singapore.

My mission is to show anybody that each person counts and that each and every one of us can make a difference through our daily actions.

Christina Zenato, PADI AmbassaDiver

Meet: Nouf Alosaimi

In 2009, Alosaimi traveled back to Sharm El Sheikh and completed her PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certifications, followed soon after by the PADI Rescue Diver course in 2010. One year later she completed her PADI Divemaster course in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She then decided to make scuba diving a full-time job and traveled back to Sharm El Sheikh, where she spent three years as an underwater photographer and diving guide working with tourists. She proudly became a PADI Instructor in 2013 and has been training other scuba diving enthusiasts since.

Being a female diver means the world to me. Becoming a diver in a conservative society, where all sports are only dominated by men, was a huge challenge for me. Many females reject this incredible sport because it involves men teaching them how to dive.

Nouf Alosaimi, First Female Dive Instructor in Saudi Arabia

Join divers around the world for the fourth annual PADI Women’s Dive Day.