Wednesday, 14 July 2021

PADI Womens Dive Day, Curacao: time to get wet, ladies!


The Dive Bus Women of Conservation and our amazing women divers
 (Because if you think scuba diving is a “guys-only" thing? 
This may change your mind.) 

Since you’re reading this, chances are that:

1. You’re already a scuba diver. 

2. You already know that diving is an amazing, fun way to meet new people, in wonderful places, and share extraordinary experiences. Experiences that most people only get to see on a screen. 

But did you also know that, once a year, on PADI Women's Dive Day, PADI dive centers around the world focus exclusively on female divers, for a day of fun, discovery, adventure and camaraderie?

PADI Women's Dive Day is a perfect opportunity to connect with other women who share your love of the ocean and passion for diving. And what better way to do that than to join forces with other like-minded ladies on a Clean Up dive, and making a positive impact on our underwater world?

And if you're lucky enough to be in sunny Curacao for this year’s PADI Women’s Dive Day, here’s why The Dive Bus is a GREAT place to do just that.

(And if you're not anywhere NEAR Curacao, click here to find an event near you
, and hope to see you here, soon.)

If you're familiar with The Dive Bus, you'll already know that ocean conservation has been at the heart of The Dive Bus business model since the very beginning: cleaning dive sites as we discovered them, becoming CuraƧao’s first 100% AWARE and PADI Green Star Dive Center, the first to action the Project AWARE Adopt a Dive Site initiative, and the first to implement onsite recycling facilities. 

You'll also already know how excited we were when PADI “officially” recognized our contributions to ocean protection by appointing Mark as a PADI Ambassadiver, while Project AWARE recognized The Dive Bus Women of Ocean Conservation.

And so, to celebrate this year's Womens Day:

Meet The Dive Bus Women of Ocean Conservation

Suzy Pinnell: joint founder / owner of The Dive Bus + PADI MSDT: 

“Keeping Curacao's reefs trash free and healthy has been a priority since we started up The Dive Bus back in 2005. The same goes for. With the biggest opportunities to influence our divers’ behaviour and mindsets, it’s important that our PADI Pro Crew believe in and support incorporating reef protection and conservation into every dive they make - and above water too. 

Working together with Project AWARE (now PADI AWARE) and PADI, we’ve implemented fun, simple and easy ways to influence, educate and encourage our divers to do the right thing too. Besides making dive weights from fishing line lead collected on our monthly PADI AWARE Adopt a Dive Site Clean Up dives, Eco-Friendly Packing Pointers are emailed to divers before leaving home, to help reduce their impact on the island.

Our all-female(-except-for-Mark) PADI dive pro team  do a great job of encouraging divers to take care of our reefs, by leading by example. And it’s awesome to see divers emptying underwater trash from their BCD pockets into our ‘ocean trash’ bin after their dives. 

Divers regularly tell us that our ocean protection activities were a major factor in choosing to dive with The Dive Bus on their Curacao vacation. And that's awesome!"

Zoe Osborn: The Dive Bus Dive Shop Manager + PADI Instructor:


"Part of my role is setting up and promoting our monthly Dive Against Debris events. It's brilliant how many of our local divers and vacation divers appreciate what we’re doing, and are super-excited to join in and make a difference themselves.


Love it!” 

Kelly Dananay, PADI Dive Instructor

One of the original three Dive Bus Project AWARE's Women of Conservation, Kelly was a Dive Bus PADI Instructor for 2 years - and particularly passionate about ocean protection:

“I was really happy to work at a dive shop that takes steps to do something for ocean protection, instead of just talking about it.

I loved having the opportunity to share our enthusiasm along with our divers - and seeing them become enthusiastic about making a difference, too. We used simple but smart ways to minimize our impact in the first place, and our monthly dive site clean ups helped fix what had already impacted, as well as prevent more harm. 

These are good things that I was incredibly proud to be a part of. The ocean gives so much to us, it's great to give something back to protect it, respect it and keep it a little more healthy."

Whitney Jones, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Whitney replaced Kelly when she returned home to sunny Colorado. Rather than stress about the challenging task of following in Kelly’s footsteps, Whitney’s sunny nature, confidence, experience, skills and passion for ocean protection helped her fit right in and make a difference, immediately. 

“I’m loving being part of The Dive Bus instructor crew. Part of the reason for choosing to work at The Dive Bus was their personal commitment to ocean protection: the easy, fun ways that we educate our divers about its importance – and the fact we and our divers actually do those things, instead of just talking about them.” 

Head on over to The Dive Bus facebook page ... 

And wherever YOU'RE joining in the fun this PADI Women’s Dive Day (and EVERY day that you dive!) make a difference: choose a dive center with ocean protection at its heart, too. 


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