Dive into the Blue

UN­TOUCHED UNI­VERSE WHERE YOU MIGHT FIND YOUR OWN NIR­VANA. DIVE INTO AN AD­VEN­TURE WITH PADI (PRO­FES­SIONAL AS­SO­CI­A­TION OF DIV­ING IN­STRUC­TORS), THE WORLD’S LEAD­ING SCUBA DIV­ING TRAIN­ING OR­GAN­I­SA­TION.

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY SHRUTHI NAIR

Div­ing as a sport gained pop­u­lar­ity in the 1880s when a num­ber of swim­ming as­so­ci­a­tions started hold­ing am­a­teur plung­ing events ei­ther as a sep­a­rate ac­tiv­ity or as part of any swim­ming event. How­ever, if you go way back in time, free deep sea or un­der­wa­ter div­ing was done for hunt­ing and gath­er­ing food and other valu­ables in­clud­ing pearls, corals, and more. Div­ing since then has un­der­gone tremen­dous changes over time, from high div­ing be­ing prac­tised among a small group of en­thu­si­asts to it be­ing a full-fledged ac­tiv­ity now as it has seen a num­ber of vari­a­tions that lets you dive deep into the ocean and dis­cover and learn more about the un­der­wa­ter aquatic life.

It is said that scuba div­ing emerged out of ne­ces­sity when a Greek sol­dier, way back in 500BC, jumped off a bro­ken ship and used a hol­low reed to breathe un­der­wa­ter for hours. Many years later, Alexan­der the Great found a place to hide un­der­wa­ter by cre­at­ing his own div­ing bell us­ing a bar­rel.

To­day it isn’t just a recre­ational ac­tiv­ity but is also equated to be­ing a med­i­ta­tive ex­pe­ri­ence by many. Ei­ther for sur­vival or for recre­ation, there clearly was a need for a de­vice that could help peo­ple breathe un­der­wa­ter, which was in­vented in 1940s and since then there has been no look­ing back.

Un­for­tu­nately, there is one thing that hasn’t changed as fast as the evo­lu­tion of the sport it­self in all th­ese years and that is the preva­lent gen­der gap that has al­ways ex­isted within the div­ing com­mu­nity.

And the so­lu­tion to that is what PADI came up with. PADI or Pro­fes­sion As­so­ci­a­tion of Div­ing In­struc­tors is the world’s largest recre­ational div­ing mem­ber­ship that con­ducts and or­gan­ises var­i­ous events to push you into wa­ter through­out the year. Two years ago, on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, they started the PADI in­ter­na­tional women’s dive where women from dif­fer­ent coun­tries across the globe come to­gether to jump into the vast blue oceans leav­ing every­thing be­hind. This year it was held in Oman and I’m not won­der­ing why.

SO WHY SHOULD YOU BE A PART OF THE PADI WOMEN DIVE? Girl Power

There are tons of fe­male swim­mers who have been per­form­ing ex­ceed­ingly well in games such as Olympics and Asian Games. How­ever, for a very long time it was a male dom­i­nated sport with nearly 90 per cent men in the field. In fact, there weren’t even enough gear that were made for women. The main aim of the women’s dive is to help close the gen­der gap, which it is do­ing by en­cour­ag­ing women to par­tic­i­pate in div­ing events.

Gang of Gals

If hu­man be­ings are so­cial be­ings, then women are supremely so­cial be­ings. You can’t deny how much we love meet­ing new peo­ple, in­ter­act­ing, and hav­ing great, fun con­ver­sa­tions with in­ter­est­ing women. At­tend­ing the Women’s Dive Day, even if it is not as a par­tic­i­pant, will give you an op­por­tu­nity to meet and in­ter­act with a lot of women who might share the sim­i­lar likes and in­ter­ests as you do. PADI In­ter­na­tional Women’s Dive is not just about div­ing. A lot of events have a good amount of time set aside for in­ter­ac­tion and so­cial­is­ing and some events even bring women to­gether for other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing yoga, un­der­wa­ter beach clean up and more.

At Home

While the events or­gan­ised at PADI gives you an op­por­tu­nity to travel to new places and ex­pe­ri­ence the un­der­wa­ter life in dif­fer­ent oceans, you must not for­get that PADI has a num­ber of events that will help you ex­pe­ri­ence the lo­cal waters like you have never done be­fore. You will be sur­prised by the amaz­ing div­ing lo­ca­tions that are there where you live but you were just not aware of it.

It’s Dive Time

Do you even need so many rea­sons to get into the wa­ter and have a great time? Go into the waters and get div­ing.

SCUBA DIV­ING ISN’T JUST A RECRE­ATIONAL AC­TIV­ITY BUT IS ALSO EQUATED TO BE­ING A MED­I­TA­TIVE EX­PE­RI­ENCE BY MANY. EI­THER FOR SUR­VIVAL OR FOR RECRE­ATION, THERE CLEARLY WAS A NEED FOR A DE­VICE THAT HELPED PEO­PLE BREATHE UN­DER­WA­TER, WHICH WAS IN­VENTED IN 1940S AND SINCE THEN THERE HAS BEEN NO LOOK­ING BACK.

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