PADI® Members in 85 countries hosted a record 884 events in celebration of the third annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on 15 July 2017. Since the inaugural event in 2015, PADI has seen widespread adoption and support of its Women In Diving initiative. This year proved no different as PADI Members from across the world submitted their wonderfully creative Women’s Dive Day videos for the global contest.
All the videos have now been reviewed and 10 stand out videos have been chosen. Winners were selected based on inspiration, quality of footage, originality and/or best overall depiction of the event.
From the EMEA region, the winners are:
diveOceanus Royal Island
Sophyline Phay Vals
The winners will receive their 2018 membership renewal fee and 25 sets of Women’s Dive Day giveaways for the 4th Annual PADI Women’s Dive Day is July 21st, 2018!
PADI Women’s Dive Day 2017 garnered more than 90 million media impressions worldwide and reached millions of people via social media, increasing awareness and excitement for diving across a wide audience. Mark your calendars for 2018 and help grow the diving community!
Born and raised on the island of Orust, on the west coast of Sweden, Birgitta Mueck’s love and curiosity for the wilderness led her to become an underwater camera operator, guide, PADI Divemaster and PADI AmbassaDiver.
We caught up with Birgitta to find out more about her adventures as a PADI Divemaster !
When did you know that you wanted to become a PADI Divemaster?
The idea of becoming a PADI Divemaster is something that slowly and steadily grew with me. Whilst working as an underwater camera operator, we produced films to help promote interest and understanding for life hidden beneath the waves. Becoming a PADI Divemaster felt like a great opportunity to be able to share these wonderful experiences as-well as my love and admiration for the ocean with others. Not much beats the feeling of sharing amazing experiences – it inspires, spreads smiles, creates friendships and gives unforgettable moments.
When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?
I signed up for my PADI Divemaster course at Blue Adventures Diving in Crete, Greece during the summer of 2012. Completing the PADI Divemaster course and working with Blue Adventures Diving was both very inspiring and lots of fun, a summer I look back on with a big smile!
Describe a typical day in your working life as a PADI Divemaster?
No day is the same, you meet so many wonderful people and experience something new every day. Regardless if working at dive centers or on live-a-boards, the days differ a lot depending on the setup, where you are and the local conditions which may vary daily. As I alternate between warm waters and freezing cold latitudes, such as Antarctica and the Arctic, my daily activities differ a lot. Having variety is also why I enjoy working as a PADI Divemaster so much!
What have been your most memorable moments working as a PADI Divemaster?
That is a hard one as being a PADI Divemaster offers countless memorable moments. Dancing sea lions showing off in Antarctica, intimate curious Orca encounters in Northern Norway, beautiful and exciting cavern dives in the Mediterranean Sea to name a few… When working as a PADI Divemaster, the most important thing for me is that all guests have fun. Seeing their big smiles and their eagerness for more adventure, are my most memorable moments as a PADI Divemaster.
In 3 words, can you describe your experience being a Divemaster so far?
Fun, Social, Outdoors!
What are your diving plans for the future?
I just returned to Sweden from a 6 month long sail and film expedition in Northern Norway, where we spent most of the winter filming for our ongoing film production which is a collaboration with Swedish National Television. For now, my next diving plans involve more diving and filming around the Swedish west coast and Norway. Due to my many different assignments and my own adventure projects, my life differs a lot each year. When possible, I like to keep myself flexible without planning ahead too much so I have more freedom to take up new opportunities as and when they arise.
I am excited about many more upcoming adventures and am very much looking forward to continuing sharing my passion for wildlife and the underwater world, and spreading even more smiles as a PADI Divemaster!