PADI Women’s Dive Day has grown into a worldwide celebration that brings everyone together – not just women – to turn passion into purpose for the ocean. Since the inception of PADI Women’s Dive Day, events around the globe have taken on conservation causes giving divers the opportunity to give back and have a positive impact on ocean health. This year PADI Women’s Dive Day was extra special. Quality and Safety have always been a part of all Splash’s Mission and philosophy. With Covid-19 and it is now Health. Quality and Safety!
We began the week by disinfecting and preparing our dive center, our vans, our scuba and snorkel equipment and our boats. We set strategic sanitation stations, sneeze guards, social distance markers, social distance seating arrangements, and used an infrared thermometer to check guests and crew temperatures. Splash is full on for adding health to our quality and safety standards and Splash is Covid-19 ready.
Women Dive “Day” became a weekend of conservation and fun – very much needed while adjusting to this new normal. We began with our weekly beach and snorkel clean-up on the Placencia Peninsula. We have now removed 2000 lbs of rubbish from the ocean.
The fun continued with seven Open Water Certification students in our classroom. Befitting Women’s Dive Day, five of the students were female!
Saturday, we headed out to Silk Cayes in the Silk Cayes and Gladden Spit Marine Reserve on the Belize Barrier Reef. Conditions were perfect. The students did the confined water skills at the Caye while the certified divers went to North Wall. Divers were rewarded seeing a manta ray and as a bonus, saw the silhouette of a whale shark. Students worked from the caye along Splash Instructors on open water skills. After the first dive and completing the confined water skills, all enjoyed a traditional Caribbean Island lunch on the caye before all went to dive White Hole on the Belize Barrier Reef.
Sunday’s destination was Pompion Caye, a private caye on the Belize Barrier Reef that Splash Dive Center has access to. Both the Open Water students experienced Pompion Wall and Pompion Canyons. A school of bottlenose dolphins participated for 15 magical minutes.
Women Dive Day 2020 was the first celebrated in Belize. Despite, the Covid-19 pandemic we wanted to celebrate the Women Dive Community and our love for the oceans. Note that for the photo, we took a temporary relapse from social distancing to get everyone in the photo. The boat is a 46-foot Newton with lots of room for social distancing.
See you for Women’s Day in 2021!
We are waiting for you