Women’s Health in Diving

Written by DAN staff

DFD_WomenDiversWith PADI® Women’s Dive Day coming up on 15 July, this is an excellent time to review a few issues unique to female scuba divers. The issues that pertain to women’s health and safety in the water aren’t broadly publicized. Refresh yourself on some of the most common gender-specific questions student divers may ask and do your part to better educate the dive community.

Oral Contraceptives

While there has been no evidence found that the use of oral contraceptives increases a diver’s risk of DCS, it may slightly elevate the risk of clotting conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Research indicates that use of an oral contraceptive pill (OCP) can increase the risk of events like a pulmonary embolism, heart attack or stroke. That risk is further increased by a sedentary lifestyle and smoking. While these events may be somewhat manageable on dry land, they can cause serious issues in the water. OCP use is generally accepted as safe for divers, but it’s recommend that student divers exercise regularly and not smoke to reduce their risk of clotting conditions that could cause injuries during a dive.

Diving After Pregnancy

Recommendations for returning to diving after childbirth vary based on the type of delivery. After a typical delivery without complications, a woman can generally resume diving in about 21 days. This allows time for the cervix to close and limits the risk of infection. Uncomplicated Cesarean sections generally require eight to 12 weeks of recovery before diving to limit infection risk. If a woman is put on bed rest due to complications of the pregnancy, it is prudent to refrain from diving for more than 12 weeks because of the loss of strength and aerobic capacity. Following a miscarriage, a woman can return to diving as soon as a physician releases her for full and unrestricted activity.

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Osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that women receive a bone density test if they have broken a bone after age 50, are menopausal or postmenopausal with risk factors, or are older than age 65. The recommendations include a significant portion of both divers and potential divers, and the condition should not be overlooked. Osteoporosis is not a contraindication for diving, but women who have the condition or severe bone loss should consider donning equipment in the water and adapting their diving to reduce the risk of fractures and falls. Good precautions for divers who may have compromised bone health include avoiding wearing heavy dive gear out of the water, carrying cylinders on land, or undertaking hazardous shore entries.

Breast Implants

Once sufficient time has passed after a breast augmentation or reconstructive surgery, a diver may resume diving without increased risk. Divers with implants may experience minor buoyancy and trim changes following their surgery, and should avoid constrictive chest straps that may increase the likelihood of implant rupture, but otherwise have no reason to be concerned. Breast implants do not pose a problem to diving from the standpoint of gas absorption and do not represent a contraindication to diving.

For more information on women’s health and diving visit DAN.org/Health

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Pro-Level Continuing Education

Written by John Kinsella

It’s at the very heart of the PADI® System and instinctively you know it’s important. You make a point of letting all the divers you work with know about continuing education: Open Water Diver is just the beginning, Advanced Open Water Diver is not for advanced divers, it’s to advance divers, Rescue Diver is the obvious next step and so on. Promoting diver level continuing education is second nature for dive pros. But do you practice what you preach? Professional-level continuing education is, if anything, even more important. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Continuing education benefits both dive businesses and dive pros. Businesses thrive on highly skilled, specialized and cross functional staff who have the skills to perform a variety of duties and teach a broad range of courses. Dive pros with those skills position themselves well for promotions and equip themselves to compete effectively in the job market. Simply put, they’ll get better jobs and their employer will have a more valuable employees.PADIDiveShop_0513_0204
  2. Perhaps an even greater benefit for dive professionals is that continuing education encourages finding and using the best tools and techniques available at any given time, and to realize that these tools and techniques will change over time. This attitude is increasingly important in the face of consistent technological advances and increased competition for jobs. Crucially, it helps dive businesses stay relevant to emerging markets that expect, and demand, technologically savvy instructors.
  3. Another continuing education benefit may be more abstract, but is no less important: It’s a powerful way for dive pros to acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge and to improve their problem-solving skills. This is an essential arrow in every dive professional’s quiver. Things change, issues crop up, but the well educated and well prepared PADI Pro is equipped to avoid or solve problems before they become something worse.
  4. Finally, it’s just fun. There is no better cure for a mild dose of the “same old same old” than an immersive experience in something new and exciting. Nothing benefits a dive business more than a refreshed dive pro.

 

The Business of Women in Diving

Written by Megan Denny

The average entry-level diver is 27-30 years old, college educated, and male (60 percent are male). For many years the gender ratio of 65 percent male versus 35 percent female remained constant. However, there’s been a shift in the past five years and women now make up 40 percent of new divers. That’s good progress, but the pool of potential women divers is still massive.

An average female consumer is an ideal scuba diving customer. The numbers don’t lie.

Major companies, such as Nike and the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) are taking statistics like these to heart. After Nike chose to focus on women, sales jumped 20 percent and Nike expects revenue from women’s apparel more than double in five years. The PGA recently launched a campaign to increase women’s participation in golf – an industry that is in decline. Only 19 percent of all golfers are women, and PGA research shows, “there are millions of women who want to participate in golf, but they don’t feel welcome. They haven’t been invited.”

Make Women Feel Welcome

Many of the things that make your business female-friendly are just plain smart business practices including:

  • Offer PADI eLearning® – Working women and those trying to balance family commitments will appreciate this flexible, go-at-your-own-pace option.
  • Keep it clean – Many people, not just women, think negatively about a business with a dingy bathroom or changing room. If you’d think twice about showing your mother your facilities, it’s time to spruce up the place.
  • Invite them back – Get in touch with women who’ve dropped out of scuba diving and invite them back by promoting ReActivate®.
  • Stock women’s gear – Having dive gear and other products designed for women available is welcoming.

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One of the most effective ways to bring in new female divers is by asking current customers to invite other women to try diving. Be upfront: let them know you’re trying to change the perception that scuba is for old guys. Ask what you could do to bring in more women and offer an incentive. The results will pay off.

“Camaraderie keeps women diving, buying gear, taking trips,” says Chelsea Cameron, Sales and Marketing Manager for The Diving Locker in Vancouver, Canada. “There’s one group of ladies at our store that went to Cozumel together and they‘re like the three amigas. They’ve been doing courses together, they all bought dry suits together and they egg each other on.”

Female Staff and Instructors are Essential

“Having female staff helps to draw in more female divers. They feel more comfortable when they see other women in the sport. Especially when fitting gear, there are things guys don’t think of, especially with getting into wetsuits,” says Cameron.

Virginia Watson, Marketing Manager at Dive Otago, New Zealand echoes this sentiment. Having a mix of male and female instructors enables us to provide good role models for female divers that are just beginning in their dive career. They see that even in our harsher conditions, women are more than capable of diving day in day out.”

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Women make up at least half the staff at both Dive Otago and The Diving Locker and research proves this is a smart idea for any business.

  • An economist from Carnegie Mellon found teams with at least one female member had a collectively higher IQ than male-only teams.
  • When Fortune 500 companies had at least three female directors, the return on capital, sales and return on equity increased by 40 percent or more.
  • Studies from a variety of industries found that having a larger number of women on a team accounts for greater psychological safety, team confidence, group experimentation and team efficiency.

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Greg Kocher owner and president of The Diving Locker notes, “I’ve been in business for 50 years and I’ve always tried to promote scuba to different age groups and demographics. I have eight full time employees and half of them are women. It’s proven to be a good model. I’ve been in business so long because of the exceptional staff.”

At Broadreach, a youth educational adventure company, 75 percent of headquarters employees are women and 62 percent of their dive staff are female. “Having so many women in leadership and instructor roles makes us a very adaptable company, as we’re all coming to the table with different points of view. It makes us better problem solvers and communicators, plus it gives us stronger collaborative spirit,” says Creative Director Ladye Jane Vickers.

Kate Farthing, Director of Field Operations at Broadreach adds, “Our programs have attracted more female students each year, and having females working in the industry is often encouraging to parents trying to support their young women as they reach for their goals. The ability to understand, support and encourage our female students is really rewarding and I think sits well with our clients.

“Female dive staff, for lack of a better way to put this, can help ease the concerns of female participants in ways that male instructors have a harder time with. Getting in and out of wetsuits, lugging gear around, what do I do if I’m on my period…all of these things are so naturally facilitated by female dive instructors (not to say that guys aren’t able) but it’s important to have both so all students feel comfortable sharing their concerns and finding solutions.”

Marketing to Women

Virginia Watson from Dive Otago shared this tip: “Championing female divers on Facebook is an awesome way to boost enrollment numbers organically. When we are actively looking to increase female numbers through paid advertising we specifically target that demographic and use images of inspiring female divers. People need to identify themselves in the imagery so including photos of woman in all areas of your marketing should also help… it might inadvertently pull in more males too!”
Check out: 7 Women in Diving Everyone Should Know or female PADI AmbassaDiver™

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Photo courtesy of Dive Otago

The Family Factor

Roughly half of women of childbearing age are mothers, and some PADI® Dive Centers have found success partnering with a child-care service or hiring a babysitter. This helps mom take a breather (off a regulator) while she does a scuba review, and gives parents a chance to enjoy time together as a couple.

Another popular way to attract mothers and families is by offering kids scuba programs and selling products that cater to divers with children. “We run a week-long scuba camp for kids 10-15 years old four times during the summer. Predominantly, three women teach the camp, and they enjoy doing it. But all of our staff are involved in teaching, selling, and running weekend trips,” says Kocher of The Dive Locker.

Broadreach Dive Instructor Hannah Tannenbaum shared her thoughts on the benefits of scuba for girls and young women, “Diving is empowering because it’s an entirely new realm in which social pressures and appearance don’t matter. All that matters is your safety, awareness, and immense humility in acknowledging we are such a small piece of this wide and beautiful world, and that our stresses and day-to-day problems don’t matter as much in the face of a sea turtle. I love teaching young women to dive and seeing them develop a new sense of self and gratitude for their world which diving opens.”

Build a Community

A study from Indiana University on exercise habits found that people with a regular gym buddy experienced only a 6.3 percent dropout rate after twelve months compared to a 43 percent dropout rate for people who worked out alone. Help female divers stay active by starting a “Diva Dive Club,” or a PADI Pro mentorship program.

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Kate Farthing from Broadreach notes, “The mere presence of our female staff offers such a great vision of the future to our students. They know being a dive professional isn’t such a far off goal.  Many of our dive instructors began as Broadreach students in middle school and worked their way to being instructors by the age of 18. Our students really build lore around the instructors who have been around Broadreach since they started diving and think they are the coolest of the cool. It’s an easy thing to aspire to.”

Nondiving events (beach parties, bar nights, clean-up events, etc.) can help divers – male or female – connect with new dive buddies. Encourage customers to invite female friends who are curious about diving, but aren’t ready to sign up for a class. Scuba diving can seem intimidating, but meeting fun and supportive divers can quickly shatter that perception.

If you’re interested in bringing more women into diving, use PADI Women’s Dive Day on 15 July as a kickoff event. Dive Otago plans to offer free Discover Scuba® Diving sessions, high tea and tutus. Broadreach has numerous Women’s Dive Day activities planned including a thank you celebration for their female staff and live-streamed dives.

Get started at the PADI Pros’ Site Women in Diving page

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Trying something new can be intimidating – for potential female divers and business owners. But when more women dive, it’s a win-win. Here are some parting words from Chelsea Cameron at The Dive Locker, When you’re out on a dive with more female divers it’s more low pressure, people are more comfortable sharing stories. Having more women is great for the shop the atmosphere. We enjoy it a lot, we have fun, we keep the guys in check.”

3Q17 Training Bulletin Live

The Third Quarter Training Bulletin Live webinars are coming soon. As always, we will be discussing the latest standards changes, providing background information on the updates and insight into how these can be integrated into your training.

Join us live in your chosen language on the dates below. If you miss the live event, registration will ensure that you get a follow up email linking you to the recording.

3rd Quarter:

English: 26/07/2017

Spanish: 27/07/2017

Italian: 28/07/2017

Arabic: 31/07/2017

French: 01/08/2017

German: 02/08/2017

Portuguese: 03/08/2017

Russian: 03/08/2017

Dutch: 07/08/2017

Polish: 08/08/2017

Scandinavian/Nordic: 10/08/2017

If you have any questions regarding the webinar you can email training.emea@padi.com. We look forward to speaking to you during the webinar.

Open Positions at PADI EMEA

If you’d like the opportunity to work for the world’s largest and most highly respected diver training organisation, this is the page where you will find job vacancies at the PADI EMEA Regional Headquarter.  Please take a look at open positions, download the job description, and if you would like to apply for a particular job role, please send your CV and a cover letter to our Human Resources Department.

Current Job Vacancies:

Marketing Consultant – New Diver Acquisition, is responsible for the execution of EMEA and WW new diver acquisition campaigns. They must be able to take the lead on campaign planning, execution and results evaluation.  Skill set includes online and hard copy advertising across all platforms as well as face to face and online presentations within B2C marketplaces.

Marketing Consultant – PADI Professionals, is responsible for the execution of EMEA and WW PADI Professional growth and retention campaigns. They must be able to take the lead on campaign planning, execution and results evaluation.  Skill set includes online and hard copy advertising across all platforms as well as face to face and online presentations within B2B marketplaces.

Quality Management Consultant, will be the primary contact for quality management issues for PADI members, ensuring that PADI Members understand the importance of using PADI’s educational system and are aware of their responsibility to adhere to PADI standards.

To apply, please send your CV to: recruitment.emea@padi.com

 

2017 PADI Women’s Dive Day Global Video Contest

Share a video of your PADI Women’s Dive Day event with us and be entered to win a FREE 2018 PADI Membership Renewal.

The PADI Marketing Team is looking for amazing video footage showcasing the spirit of Women’s Dive Day for inclusion in the 2018 event promotional video.

The contest is open to PADI Dive Centers, Resorts and Individual Members worldwide who are hosting a 2017 PADI Women’s Dive Day event.

How to Enter

  1. First things first! If you haven’t already, be sure to register your PADI Women’s Dive Day event. Learn more here.
  2. Grab your underwater camera and take video throughout your event. Whether your event is training in the pool, diving a lake or exploring the open ocean, show how you and your divers are celebrating the spirit and comradery of Women’s Dive Day. A few things to keep in mind:
    • While the primary objective is to promote women in diving, the footage can certainly show all participants regardless of age or gender. After all, the foundation of Women’s Dive Day is to reinforce the understanding that diving is open and enjoyable to everyone.
    • PADI standards should be adhered to and reflected in the footage.
    • Footage that shows any touching or damaging of marine life will not be considered.
    • Be sure to get signed releases from people that are shown in your video footage and photos. Download a sample release here.
  3. Edit your video so that it is between two and five minutes in length. Video should be a minimum 1080p.
  4. Submit your entry to jennifer.small@padi.com, including entrant’s name, PADI Member/Store Number and contact information. Videos must be sent using a file sharing service such as We Transfer or Dropbox. High resolution photos (minimum 1000 pixels) and/or event description and quotes are welcomed, but a video must be submitted to be considered for the prize.
  5. Check your email to see if your video was selected as one of the winners. If so, you will receive one-year 2018 Membership Renewal free and a set of goodie bags for your 2018 Women’s Dive Day event.

Click here to see Official Rules

For inspiration, watch the 2017 PADI Women’s Dive Day video:

Thank you for taking part in PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 and the Global Video Contest! For more information about PADI Women’s Dive Day, visit padi.com/women-dive.

Join a 2017 PADI Advanced Training Academy

REGISTER NOW to take part in a 2017 PADI Advanced Training Academy

This exciting, informative and highly interactive one day program for PADI Divemasters (and above) continues to gather momentum as more and more PADI Pros take part. By registering for this action-packed program PADI Pros will gain new, refreshed and refined knowledge and skills, ultimately energizing them to drive their diving businesses forward.

Don’t take our word for it though, read what a 2016 Academy attendee thought of the program. 

Featuring both classroom and in-water components, the PADI Advanced Training Academy will improve PADI Pros’ individual expertise and encourage networking opportunities. Attendance also provides credit for Master Instructor and CDTC applications. See below for workshop information. *Topics and workshops are changed and updated at intervals to ensure the program remains current

Classroom Workshop

  • What’s new for 2017
  • Project AWARE 
  • Instructor Specialty or Safety Seminar 
  • Risk Management Workshop       

 

 

 

In-Water Workshop

  • Rescue Exercise #7 – technique, kit handling, airway, use of barrier 
  • Loose Cylinder Band
  • 5 Point Descent without contact with the bottom
  • CESA – why we teach CESA and how to improve our teaching methods of these skills

 

REGISTER NOW to take part in a 2017 PADI Advanced Training Academy!

Further programs will be scheduled throughout the year. If you have any questions please contact id.emea@padi.com 

 

The Art of a Good Dive Briefing

Thomas Fuller was an English clergyman from the 17th century with a flair for catchy sayings, such as “If you command wisely, you’ll be obeyed cheerfully”. As PADI Divemasters, you don’t necessarily command people – but your advice, direction (and ok, yes – occasionally your orders!) are regularly required by the divers you look after.

We caught up with PADI EMEA Instructor Examiner, Rich Somerset, for some tips on how to give a good dive briefing.


“Everyone has their own style and most of us develop our approach as we gain experience. As a new Divemaster, I was painfully shy when confronted with large groups of divers. I shamelessly took ideas, phrases and jokes from my more knowledgeable colleagues and found that I gradually gained confidence. Eventually I listened to the dive briefings of the newest dive guides at the store and realised that they had started borrowing comments from my dive briefings to build theirs; perhaps it is all part of the natural development of the art of dive briefing?”

So, Rich, in your opinion what will help PADI Divemasters give a really good dive brief?

“Make it accurate. Well duh! Actually, this may seem obvious, but it’s worth remembering that if you don’t give a briefing that is correct, everything else is wasted.  Winging it on any presentation is a bad idea. A good start  to ensure you deliver a comprehensive and to the point dive briefing is to review your Divemaster materials, particularly the briefing slates. Sometimes there are variables in diving that we cannot always account for: if you don’t know which way the current is going, either find out in advance, or be honest and make sure your divers are prepared to react to the conditions they face in the water.

Be visual. One of the best dive briefings I saw was delivered by an Egyptian Divemaster, who created a 3D model of the dive site on the dive deck from towels. Now we are not all as creative as that, but even if your art skills leave little to be desired, having some kind of diagram makes a big difference. Whiteboards are reasonably tough, inexpensive and waterproof, so they are the choice for most dive guides.

Be clear. We often have groups of divers who speak a range of languages. My greatest fault with my first dive briefings was a tendency to talk really really fast. I only realised this when one of my colleagues, who was trying to translate my briefing to part of a group, pointed it out. It takes a conscious effort to pace yourself; you need to slow down and remember to speak at a normal pace, or sometimes even a little slower.

Relax. Usually, we are far harder on ourselves than other people would be – don’t beat yourself up worrying about delivering a brief; if you pause or stutter over a word here or there, your divers won’t notice or mind.”

So if you find dive briefings a challenge, try throwing one or more of these tips into the next one you deliver; you may be surprised by how much of a difference it makes!

You can re-order your Divemaster Dive Briefing Slates (product number 60207) by contacting the PADI EMEA Sales Department at: sales.emea@padi.com

Brinkley Davies: Aussie Native, PADI Divemaster, and Eco Warrior

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Brinkley Davies is an Aussie native residing in beautiful Port Lincoln, South Australia. Not only does Brinkley take some incredibly stunning shots (check out @brinkleydavies, trust us it’s worth it!) but she’s also a PADI®Divemaster, founder of the Balu Blue Foundation and ‘Australian of the Year’ nominee. Phew, we think that’s pretty impressive!

Not only do we love following Brinkley online for her inspirational diving photography and updates about her environmental conservation efforts, but we also love seeing Brinkley’s beautiful fur-babies, her rescue kangaroo (yes you read that correctly, kangaroo!) Bunji, as well as her beautiful pet pooch Ohana.

Brinkley’s an amazing woman, and we’re inspired by her efforts in ensuring our ocean home is clean and protected.

Brinkley was kind enough to have a quick chat with us about what we all have in common here, our love of the oceans!


Why did you decide to take up diving?

I have always loved the ocean ever since a really young age and after surfing all my life I knew I wanted to explore the underwater world as much as I could. I took up scuba diving after freediving for a few years, and ever since, scuba has been an amazing addition, allowing me to see some incredible things over the past few years.

Where has diving taken you?

All over the world! Hawaii, Fiji, Bali, Florida, and my absolute favourite, Ningaloo Reef, here in Australia.

What is your favourite dive site?

At this stage in my life, it would be a hard equal to Ningaloo Reef and Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive in Fiji.

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Tell us about diving in South Australia.

It’s cold, always surprising and absolutely beautiful. South Australia has some incredible marine life, and if you’re game enough to brave the cold in the winter months, you’ll find yourself face to face with huge congregations of cuttlefish. For the even more adventurous, head out to Neptune Islands and cage dive with some Great White Sharks. Or if you like the smaller things, Tumby Bay is the place to find a leafy sea dragon or two :).

What has been your most memorable dive moment to date?

It would have to be seeing Bull Sharks in Beqa Lagoon, Fiji, with Beqa Adventure Divers. I can’t recommend this dive enough. From a distance it may sound daunting, but once you’re down there it is truly magical – crystal blue waters, up to 100 bull sharks, and such professional crew with an amazingly safe system! Mike Neumann and his team are incredible.

What is the best thing about being a PADI Divemaster?

I enjoyed learning about the safety component through my course, which allows you to dive with confidence, and enjoy really great dive sites with other experienced divers. Being a PADI Divemaster has allowed me to work in some amazing places, and be surrounded with experienced and exciting crew.

Your fur-babies, Bunji the rescue kangaroo and Ohana the dog are quite the Instagram stars. What is their relationship with the water?
Ohana is absolutely obsessed, if it was up to her she would never get out, she even gets in her own water bowl at home. Bunji, to our surprise, hopped in the water and came for a swim one day. I’ve always known Kangaroos bathe in the ocean down here, but had never seen it with my own eyes! She comes to the beach with us a lot, but mostly hangs out on the sand, digs around, then lays down haha.

Tell us about a woman in your life who has inspired you most in your diving career. I’ve been inspired by a lot in my diving career, so I can’t really pin it down one inspiration. When I was younger, Valerie Taylor inspired me to get into diving, her original fishing career turned shark conservation career inspired me from a young age that even in the most hostile environments you can promote conservation and change. I live in Port Lincoln, conservation down here is mostly something people don’t recognise or care about all that much. These days though, we have a lot of power and support from the rest of the globe, and a generation of people who care about their coastline and marine life, and aren’t afraid to speak up, which is great.                                                                                    

What has been your most memorable moment with marine animals to date?          I’ve had a few encounters with marine animals which have inspired me so much both freediving and scuba diving. I had a crazy swim last year on Ningaloo with a female Manta Ray who swam belly up with us for close to 1km, it was such a humbling experience. Sometimes you just really feel like you are in the right place at the right time.

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What actions do you take to ensure our oceans stay clean and healthy? What can people do to help?

I run a Not-For-Profit organisation called Balu Blue Foundation, we are currently running a campaign called Clear Tides. We run beach clean-ups on the shore, along with educational talks at schools about how people can reduce their use of single use plastics, and encourage them to clean their beaches whenever possible.

I personally do my best to not use single use; swapping plastic items such as straws, coffee cups, water bottles and plastic bags, and swapping to reusable items is a great start. They are simple swaps which, when everyone makes the change, the make a big difference.

Can you tell us a bit about how the Balu Blue Foundation came about?

For a few years I had been wanting to have a basis for all the work I do, and for plans I have in environmental conservation, whether that be research, educational work, or conservation projects, so I founded Balu Blue Foundation Inc, last year in November. The name was inspired by our pup my partner and I had, named Balu, he was our whole world, and last year we sadly lost him to 1080 fox bait, a horrific poison used here on farms and national parks. . It devastated me for months, and gave me the push I needed to just go ahead and reach for my dream- – to educate people on how special our native wildlife is here, and how unique our oceans are, as a start.

Thanks to our campaign Clear Tides, we’ve removed close to 2000 pieces of rubbish here from Port Lincoln Foreshore. We screened the documentary Before the Flood as a public event here as a part of SALT Festival, are running clean-ups in other states, bringing on educational ambassadors to speak at schools interstate, and working on plenty of other things behind the scenes for the organisation. It’s all very exciting!

This year you were an official nominee for Australian of the Year. What does that mean to you?

I was so appreciative and happy to receive this. It means a lot to me, that the people who follow my social channels and want to get involved in diving or environmental conservation, appreciate my journey and are inspired by it. One of my biggest goals in all of this is to inspire young people to create a career for themselves that is kind to the environment, and not be afraid to get out there and explore this planet.

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Want to help? 

There’s heaps of great organisations out there spearheading conservation projects and making a difference. If you want to start by helping clean up the coastline, get in touch with Balu Blue Foundation OR, if you’re more interested in using your scuba skills to clean up the oceans, head over to Project AWARE’s website and sign up to Dive Against DebrisTM or even Adopt a Dive Site if you’re regularly visiting the same dive site.

 You can also help celebrate all the incredible women we have in our industry like Brinkley Davies. Find out more at padi.com/women-dive.