In the last 60 years, Recreational Scuba has gone through many changes, technology advances and scuba gear has evolved since the Aqualung, by Jacques Cousteau in 1942. Women have been involved with Scuba Diving. The first record of the first woman scuba diving is Simone Melchior Cousteau wife of Jacques, in 1943. The first female Scuba Instructor in the world was Dottie Frazier in 1955.
In the whole world, misinformation has stopped many women from becoming certified divers. At the time it was a great achievement for the requirements of training were thought to be a physical challenge for women.
Scuba Diving has grown in the word, it has been made available to more and more divers by Scuba Certifications agencies. Nowadays, according to PADI, close to 40% of the whole scuba diver’s universe in the planet are girls, but despite this, there’re still myths to debunk.
FACT: You don’t need to be an Olympic champion to scuba dive, sure scuba is a healthy sport or hobby and it does not demand a high level of fitness. (for further curious issues “Myths and Facts about scuba diving”).
FACT: At this day and age, women work in all scuba diving areas as is underwater construction, underwater supervision for underwater films, video operators, military search and rescue scuba training and operations. But, above all, women today are incredibly involved and a big part of Ocean Conservation, as to stop Ocean Pollution, to stop species from being caught, and many more.
FACT: Women scuba divers generally introduce families to scuba dive.
FACT: The “Hair issue” is a problem for both genders that use their hair long. Due to entanglement, loose hairs go in the mask and makes it leak. A ponytail, or braids, or a bandana may help, there are many types and forms of hoods for girls. Never forget that scuba equipment is made for both genders and sizes.
But, at the end, ARE WOMEN BETTER SCUBA DIVERS?
According to Scuba Instructors, women learn scuba easier, at a faster pace, and tend to learn and perform skills in general as is Buoyancy Control, ease of breathing, air consumption, navigation, at a better flow rate.
Based on Professional Dive Masters, scuba certified female divers are oriented naturally and are better aware and care for other divers and environment… Nothing personal guys! 🙂
Anyway, there are certain physical issues that may affect any diver: if you wish to learn more about it, please refer to the Divers Alert Network site (includes articles about Women’s health and Scuba Diving, as pregnancy and other interesting scuba related health issues).