Whale shark women scuba dive

Let’s make this clear – You don’t have to be a jock or adrenaline junkie to start diving. If you love the ocean, there’s no greater thrill than scooting around the bottom, getting close to stunning wildlife, sliding through clouds of fish or tunnels. It’s no longer a boys club too and, single ladies, you don’t have to know a bunch of women scuba divers or have a bubble blowing boyfriend to start.

It’s a great community – even for land-locked regions. There are dive clubs with events planned year round in lakes and quarries. Many put together their own trips, pooling know-how and experience to find exotic places and the best times to go. Women scuba divers are a big part of the bunch.

Scuba diving is another way to help protect the oceans too. Jacques Cousteau said, “You protect what you love.” Here’s a sweet video about the mission to help the oceans with PADI instructor, Rocio Gajon.

I’m writing this as I prepare for Women’s Diving Day on July 15th. This is the third year that PADI has organized a day dedicated for women scuba divers. More than 700 locations internationally have participated past events designed to grow the dive community. New and expert divers have come together, in all kinds of activities from high tea on the high seas to shark dives and underwater cleanups. I’ll be stepping into the sea with the women scuba divers from Ocean Enterprises in San Diego. You don’t have to be a certified diver to participate but can tag along with your snorkel and fins, get to know the local divers and learn more about diving.

2016 Women’s Diving Day in La Jolla, California:

Want to join the scores of women scuba divers?

Getting certified as a diver is the first step. I’d recommend PADI dive courses and if you can manage it, take an accelerated course over 4 – 5 days in a tropical location. Perhaps you learned how to dive ages ago and need to refresh your skills? There are courses and events for that. Being confident as a scuba diver is freeing. The skill to let go and just enjoy the underwater world comes with regular practice.

I learned in Cozumel and found the dive masters deeply invested in making me comfortable and keeping me safe. The entire PADI course is set up for security and ease. The water in Mexico was deliciously warm and startlingly clear. I was in love from the first descent – while making every mistake I could. Still, it was much easier to do my open water dive from a boat on calm waters rather than walking in, back bent with tank weight, through cold waves as my son did. There are tips for new divers in an earlier post.

Elaine Titanic pose women scuba divers wreck dive

My son Josh, photo bombing my best Titanic pose.

It doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • Check out dive clubs for used equipment, even camera gear, and lights. Someone is always upgrading and happy to get something for their gear.
  • There are annual sales at dive shops and online. You don’t have to get designer gear to begin with or ever. Make sure the sport works for you before investing.
  • Rent gear. Dive shops will happily fit you with the right sizes. They’ll answer questions and find out what is best for your body shape and size. You shouldn’t worry about fins falling off or a suit that chafes.
  • Learn with a friend or as a family. Dive centers often offer discounts.
  • Dive trips don’t have to drain your bank account. Scour magazines for dive specials, ask at local shops, and join dive clubs. Watch for airfare sales too.
Spinner Dolphins at the surface, Kona Coast, Hawaii

Snorkeling with wild Spinner Dolphins, Kona Coast, Hawaii

I never anticipated becoming a scuba diver. I’m not particularly fond of high-tech sports and their expense. However, after snorkeling for decades, I wasn’t about to give up the opportunity to learn to scuba with my guy, a sea-urchin-diver-turned-underwater-photographer. Over the past eight years, I’ve managed a little over 300 dives. It started with me struggling to keep up, carrying his spare camera and sucking my air tanks dry long before he was ready to surface. That’s all in the past as I just invested in my own camera and lights – second hand – and often climb up the dive ladder with air to spare. I adore my dive buddy as well as joining women scuba divers. Legendary diver, Chuck Nicklin, is my model. He’s turning ninety this year and still leading dive trips around the world. I hope to match his record.

Here’s more inspiration about Women Scuba Divers and the groundbreakers who have helped us all become better divers.

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PADI Women Divers Day 2017


The calm between storms on the far side of Catalina Island. Winter means fewer crowds in Avalon Village and Two Harbors, on the far side of the island, was nearly deserted. It was perfect for hiking and visiting with other guests during the Banning House happy hour.

That's Cat Harbor in the last shot. Two Harbors Bay, on the other side of the isthmus, is the ferry port with routes to the mainland via Catalina Express.

Having WiFi down the hill but not at the house forced me to slow down and recharge my internal batteries. Now, onward into the holidays!

#lightandshadowphotography #26milesacrossthesea #catalinaisland #banninghouse #vintagedecoration #retrostyle #craftsmanstyle #boutiquehotelsoftheworld #islandtime #oceanview #seasidelife #sandiegoblogger #socalliving

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For my vegan and vegetarian friends! Happy fowl-free Thanksgiving.

Anyone know the story behind this sign spotted in Avalon, Catalina Island?

#noturkey #veganworld #vegetarianoptions #retrosign #vintagestyle #oldsigns #noturkeysallowed #streetshots #storyofthestreet #whatisthisthing #happydaybeforethanksgiving

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"Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the dolphin show," announced our ferry boat captain.

The magnificent pod materialized between Catalina Island and San Pedro. They played alongside us for several minutes. Wow.

#dolphinswimming #boattrips #catalinaisland #oceanadventure #sealifecamera #travelgrams #getoutsidemore #dolphinspotting #wildcalifornia

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I always hope to spy buffalo on the road between Avalon and Two Harbors but didn't expect this! As we came over one rise a field full of the critters surprised us. There were at least 40 scattered across the hillside.

They won't be there long. Brought over for a movie in the last century the herd was abandoned but flourished. However, there are powers at work who feel that anything invasive, no matter that they've been on the island for a century, must be removed. Getting rid of a hundred, thousand pound creatures is no small feat.

The @catalinaconservancy decided that chemical sterilization of the cows was the way to go. The lack of romance is making the bulls ornery. I don't blame them. The next human generation will still have Buffalo Milk cocktails and T-shirts.

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How I love floating into Catalina Island harbor and seeing the Casino building. Built over 80 years ago by William Wrigley Jr., it was the first circular building of the American west. Never a gambling palace, crowds floated over from the mainland to dance. Today it hosts tours, movies and concerts. But I love viewing it from different angles whenever I'm in Avalon.

#artdecoarchitecture #catalinaisland #architecturelove #greatbuildings #archilovers_perspective #architecturedaily #architecture_hunters #amazingarchitecture #archidesign #architecturalphotography #architecturalphotographylovers #architecturetourist #beautifulbuildings #buildinglovers


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Get close to the pharaohs!
The Rosacrusian Egyptian Museum in San Jose is filled with models and artifacts. I long to visit Egypt but, until then, this will do. It's on a tree-lined street in San Jose and open to the public. The gardens are exquisite too.

#egyptianmuseum #pharoahsanders #rosacrusianhall #ancientegypt #enjoytheview #parksofinstagram #historicart #sanjoseca #spiritualalchemy #ancientegyptian

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Road trip inspiration for a Sonoma County drive. Thinking about the 30th annual #winterwineland2023 weekend festival or just an easy ramble. 🤔
What would you choose?

#sdbayfest #sdfoodie #sandiegofoodie #sandiegowineandfood #sdfoodscene #foodstagram #foodfestival #winetourism #travelwine #lovewine #visitwineries #gourmettravelerwine #winepassion #tripwellgal#winelover #instawine #foodandwine #winterwonderland2023 #wineroadlife

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Harvest time! Went Persimmon picking at one our favorite spots - RamonaFreshFruits.com. The fruit may be small but so yummy.

Special thanks to Julie Winninger for leading the way.

#upick #farmstands #harvesting #persimmons #fallfun🍁 #familytimefun

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