Women’s Dive Day Maldives

50 local female divers ‘splash down’ with Moodhu Goyye for PADI Women’s Dive Day

 

Local women divers pictured during the PADI Women’s Dive Day on July 21, 2018. PHOTO/MOODHU GOYYE

The Maldives participated in the fourth annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on Saturday, with over 50 local female divers who enthusiastically dove into the event.

This marks the third time for the archipelago to take part in this special dive organised by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), which brings together the female dive community from around the world to bond and share their love for the ocean and marine life.

Local women divers pictured during the PADI Women’s Dive Day on July 21, 2018. PHOTO/MOODHU GOYYE

 

The Maldives participated in the fourth annual PADI Women’s Dive Day on Saturday, with over 50 local female divers who enthusiastically dove into the event.

This marks the third time for the archipelago to take part in this special dive organised by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), which brings together the female dive community from around the world to bond and share their love for the ocean and marine life.

Local women divers pictured during the PADI Women’s Dive Day on July 21, 2018. PHOTO/MOODHU GOYYE

Participating from Maldives are the members of “Moodhu Goyye”, an unofficial community of local women with a shared passion for water sports.

“This year we have 50 certified female divers taking part in the PADI Women’s Dive Day, in addition to five local instructors and four dive masters – all female,” PADI Course Director Zoona Naseem and Dive Instructor Shaziya Saeed told The Edition.

A giant moray eel photographed during the PADI Women’s Dive Day on July 21, 2018. PHOTO/MOODHU GOYYE

The event began at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 5:00 p.m., with two dives scheduled. The first dive, according to Shaziya, was at ‘Lankan’ near Paradise Island Resort, while the second was at ‘Furana North’, a dive site off the coast of Furanafushi in capital Male Atoll.

Noting that Moodhu Goyye continues to attract more women towards the field of water sports, Shaziya expressed hopes that participating in the PADI Women’s Dive Day event would bring more women of all ages on board Scuba Diving.

Local women divers pictured during the PADI Women’s Dive Day on July 21, 2018. PHOTO/MOODHU BULHAA

“Since all the dive guides at this event are women, we’re hoping to not only engage more ladies in recreational diving, but show that there are great opportunities for them in this field,” she said, further highlighting that two out of the three PADI-certified local course directors in Maldives are women.

“The field of diving is a very positive one here,” agreed Zoona. “There is a lot of support for female divers.”

A turtle photographed during the PADI Women’s Dive Day on July 21, 2018. PHOTO/MOODHU GOYYE

Thanking various sponsors and dive centres that supplied the equipment and boats for the Women’s Dive Day, Zoona and Shaziya declared that they were looking to reach new heights with the local female dive community in the future.

“One of our future plans is to break the world record for most women Scuba Diving together, here in Maldives,” revealed Zoona. “We want to make the record by a substantial margin.”

Local women divers pictured before the PADI Women’s Dive Day on July 21, 2018. PHOTO/MOODHU GOYYE

PADI introduced the Women’s Dive Day in 2015, and it has continued to gain momentum as both new and experienced divers geared up for the events, which range from beginner to advanced dives as well as underwater clean-ups.

PADI Pros America reported that female certifications are noticeably increasing every year, noting that over 880 events were hosted in 85 countries just last year for the Women’s Dive Day.

PADI’s guest blogger  Fathmath Shaahunaz  introduces herself:

Fathmath Shaahunaz is a long-established shinnichi currently writing as senior Journalist at The Edition. A self described ‘english nerd’, she also harbours a deep appreciation for ocean and all things magical.  The Edition brings readers the most comprehensive news coverage throughout the Maldives delivering the latest in breaking news and updates covering defining moments in politics, business, sports, travel, entertainment and lifestyle across the country and the region. 

www.edition.mv

 

Women’s Dive Day Video Contest Winners

 

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 

Olgiata Diving 

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!

Living the Divemaster Life – Birgitta Mueck

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. 

Picture Credit: Nanna Mueck

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!

Picture Credit: Antonis Markakos                                                                                                                    Great memories from Crete where Birgitta spent 6 wonderful months as a PADI Divemaster back in 2012

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!

Picture Credit: Edik Skarina                                                                                                                           “Through my work I want to share my immense passion for the wonderful planet we are living on, to inspirit life, raise awareness and inspire others” Birgitta says.

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!