A Deep Dive into Empowerment and Inclusion

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An enormous a part of the ocean’s magnificence is the range of its marine life that coexists harmoniously. Every species and organism owns a selected position and performance on this huge blue universe. You simply have to dive in and easily observe to know how every factor of the underwater world works collectively to take care of the essential stability and order by which all life on earth depends upon for survival. 

Taking a nod from nature and embracing the range of the human race is simply as needed for attaining stability between humanity and nature. Saving the ocean requires all of us appearing collectively in hundreds of the way, standing up for each individuals and planet. As scuba divers, we're ambassadors of the ocean, and at present it wants us greater than ever.

Celebrating our variations whereas additionally respecting and cultivating our breadth of talents as people, ambassadors and activists, the extra highly effective we might be as a worldwide drive for good, empowering ourselves to take the appropriate steps ahead in efficiently defending the ocean we love. A various and empowered worldwide diving group inclusive of ocean lovers with various genders, identities, ethnicities and backgrounds is indispensable and glued to wholesome, balanced life on this planet. 

That's the reason on the third Saturday each July (17 July 2021, this yr), on PADI Ladies’s Dive Day, we have fun our rising group of feminine divers whereas additionally actively welcoming individuals of all genders, religions, languages and colours to hitch what has grow to be the most important day of diving on the earth. Via occasions like Ladies’s Dive Day, we purpose to domesticate consciousness and inclusivity and amplify the PADI ethos  that our magnificence and power is in our variety, identical to that of the ocean.

To have fun this upcoming day, we requested our PADI AmbassaDivers to share their ideas on the significance of inclusion in diving. The PADI AmbassaDiver Program showcases the range of diving and evokes individuals around the globe by offering a human connection to the game and amplifying the tales of divers who encourage others to like and look after our ocean planet. Hear how these people are encouraging extra individuals to pursue their passions or comply with their goals to hunt journey and save the ocean.

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Tara Jain (India) – PADI Open Water Scuba Teacher and Head of ReefWatch Marine Conservation 

“As divers we're the guardians, the voices, the torchbearers for the ocean and it’s conservation. We'd like increasingly more individuals of various races, ethnicities and genders within the water, and a connection of care created between them and the ocean. Variety in divers means variety within the sorts of efforts, the individuality of concepts and the locations the place conservation occurs. It additionally breaks the divisive ideology that expat vacationer divers are conservationists driving the financial system whereas native fishermen are the extractors creating the issue. “

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Adam Sellars (Australia) – PADI Grasp Freediver Teacher

“Ladies within the trendy world appear to have extra pressures surrounding them than ever earlier than. They appear to hold the load of the world on their shoulders. Via my work within the freediving business and my firm The Strain Challenge, I've had the pleasure of watching ladies band collectively, empower one another and the group, and now encourage me each day all on one breath in our Lovely Oceans.”

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Xochitl Clare (United States) – Marine biologist and performing artist devoted to local weather change analysis and ocean science communication

“To deal with environmental challenges and shield our blue backyards, we should contain people of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Diving impassions people to seek out their place in defending our planet. We, the PADI dive group, are well-positioned to engineer clear pathways and monetary help for aquatic scholarship to diversify the subsequent era of ocean ambassadors to safe a brighter future.”

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Taylor Walston (United States) – PADI Freediver and Shark Conservation Photographer

“I feel variety and inclusion is necessary in diving as a result of the ocean units a chief instance for variety in and of itself. There’s this bizarre romance and symbolic dance we play with marine life once we’re of their presence that creates room for respect, in reality they demand it. You see this lovely stability in the best way marine life interacts with one another that type of units the tone for us, too. I feel with the ocean and particularly diving, there’s this respect we even have with one another and friendship. There’s type of this bond that we now have with different ocean lovers and it’s this place we will escape the place the colour of our pores and skin, the feel of our hair, politics or the extent of schooling we have- none of that issues (besides perhaps just a few security coaching). Simply individuals coming collectively that love the ocean, who need to share that love for the ocean with one another and share that with different individuals who perhaps can’t expertise the ocean the best way we get to. How unhappy wouldn't it be if this have been an unique expertise, the alternatives and friendships we might miss.”

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Hassan Khayal (United Arab Emirates) – Course Director 

“Variety and inclusion are necessary in diving as a result of all of us share the planet and we should always all be having fun with all points of its magnificence. Furthermore, divers who expertise the great thing about the underwater world virtually all the time turn into PADI Torchbearers, turning into advocates for the setting of this lovely planet that all of us share and that all of us must be defending. Collectively as one human race, having fun with and taking good care of our Mom Earth.”

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Szilvia Gogh (Hungary) – PADI Course Director and Founding father of Miss-Scuba.com

“To me some of the thrilling elements of diving is variety. Except for being underwater swimming weightless with ocean creatures like octopus, sharks and rays… My favourite factor about scuba diving is that it opens doorways to elements of the world that I might not have ventured by way of had it not been for diving. Scuba diving permits me to expertise totally different cultures and make pals with individuals from each continent I visited. Variety in diving is essential as a result of it's what retains touring thrilling and intriguing. Studying about different cultures makes us emotionally invested and it's the key to caring, understanding and tolerance.”

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Emily Callahan + Amber Sparks (United States) – Co-founders of The Blue Latitudes Basis 

“The Blue Latitudes Basis (BLF) acknowledges and understands the inequalities in variety and equitable alternatives which exist inside the diving group and are actively working to deal with these points. Variety and inclusion are necessary within the diving group as a result of we consider that our efforts inside the marine conservation area can't be efficient until we interact with our native communities; particularly, these marginalized teams that are sometimes missed on the subject of key choice making and administration of our offshore assets, however who share in our collective duty to be good stewards of the ocean. We attempt to make our work and most significantly our objectives as a basis, extra equitable, numerous, inclusive, and simply, by collaborating in a number of ongoing efforts, together with serving as AmbassaDivers with PADI. In partnership with PADI, the BLF has hosted PADI Ladies’s Dive Day occasions on California’s offshore oil platforms for the previous three years. These occasions convey collectively ladies within the sport of diving and rejoice the contributions of girls in diving. It additionally acts as an avenue to attach like-minded ladies in ocean science to debate localized points in ocean conservation. We're dedicated to constantly educating ourselves and the diving group about methods through which we may be activists in preventing for each our oceans and for all life on Earth.”

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Weldon Wade (Bermuda) – Founding father of Guardians of the Reef

“Variety and inclusion are essential in diving as a result of they open quite a few alternatives for individuals and supply necessary expertise and consciousness essential for Islanders to handle their assets and make an honest dwelling doing it as properly.”

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Rocio Gajon (Mexico) – PADI Rebreather and Scuba Diving Teacher

“Biodiversity is necessary as a result of we're all torchbearers for the ocean’s well being. We develop into guardians of the ocean in our native dive spots and position fashions for others who mirror themselves in our lives. The extra variety, the extra inclusion, the extra minds, the extra tradition, the extra tales, the extra we take in and settle for each other. The ocean is our legacy and it's our obligation to guard it for a lot of generations and cultures to return.”

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Thomas Koch (United States) – PADI Course Director/Founder, Aqua Palms

“The ocean is for everybody, it doesn't matter what shade, faith, or gender. The ocean has one tradition for individuals who love diving and love our ocean.”


Please share this text, and why variety and inclusion in diving is necessary to you. That is yet one more pathway to encourage extra individuals to hitch our group and to point out that there are not any limitations at sea. 

At PADI we attempt to create an surroundings of openness throughout diving with a shared understanding that ‘underwater all of us converse the identical language.’ We're dedicated to cultivating ever-present variety, equality, and inclusion throughout the dive business whereas persevering with to hunt out new pathways for all to take pleasure in entry to the ocean and to the transformational energy of diving.  

We look ahead to celebrating PADI Ladies’s Dive Day with you on 17 July 17 – we're undoubtedly stronger collectively!

Written by @oceanomartina – Environmental journalist & PADI scuba diving teacher.

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