Female. Diver and Lovin’ It

Diving may seem both adventurous and intimidating to an outsider that’s why i have decided to write this post inspiring new female divers to understand it better and give it a go. Now that I am going deeper and deeper into the world of diving, it is quite entertaining to look back and remember the awkward insecure diver I once was . Not only my diving has improved but even my personality has been affected and I would really love to share my personal experience as well as some tips with any girl planning to put the fins on one day and become a diver. So here we go.
1. Just Do It
We all love the famous Nike slogan and it applies here as well. Do not wait for a perfect moment or weather or a friend who says they may join you. Definitely do not wait to get married or get rich or anything else that is going to push your underwater adventures further away from you. The perfect time is Now and as soon as you have made your mind and done your research, start at your own pace and keep growing gradually.
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Looking beyond the horizon at Thulusdhoo, Maldives

2. Know yourself
Just like in anything else in Life acknowledging  both your weak and strong spots is essential in order for you to know what you need to focus on and work harder at.  We are all human and are far away from perfection, some of us have phobias and others have health conditions that may make our learning process different. Different but not impossible. I personally have asthma yet I do not allow it to control or define my life neither on the surface nor underwater. Unless it is something that puts your health at risk, your instructor and/or doctor can recommend you the best way to go about it.
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Happy mermaid times!

3. Be Curious. Ask questions
We were all beginners once and it is alright to not know something. While men often feel intimidated to ask questions and show they don’t know something, our strength is that we don’t stress about asking simple questions and learning more. Our natural curiosity serves well also as we strive to reach beyond the given materials and deepen our knowledge.
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Flying high in Male, Maldives

4. Do NOT play the female card
(Get Fit and carry that gear)

The first time I put my gear on for my DIscovery Scuba Dive, I was thinking my knees would crack and I would collapse on that beautiful beach of Fujairah. Later on I was always surrounded either by the staff who tried to make things easier for me or all the male divers who wanted to be gentlemen and help me in everything. It is a shame but it was not til my rescue course that I learnt to put my gear together, put it on by myself and carry it all the way to the shore or boat.

You may be surprised, yet  I see so many other female divers go the same way. It just seems to be so easy to play the female card and have everyone help you. As tempting as it seems, it is nothing more than help in disguise and you are better off learning how to prepare yourself for the dive on your own as early as you can. This is how you both gain your confidence and independence while earning respect of fellow male divers and proving we can be just as good and adventurous as they are.

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The only girl on the landing craft with the Maldives National Defence Force

 

5. Fashion vs. Safety
Yes, I get it. You want to follow my foot steps and  lookfashionable even underwater and are dreaming about my pink fins! Just kidding. On the surface we, women,  are constantly forced to choose between comfort and style and I’m sure you know the excitement when the new dress you get meets both criteria. When it comes to diving the same applies with one very important perspective added: SAFETY. If I had to place things in order of what you should be thinking when you shop, I would say Safety, Comfort and only then Style. You want to go for the best quality there is on the market and use brands that have been around for some time and earned good reputation among  divers. Comfort is the next thing and just like dresses or skinny jeans, wet suits and BCD’s may look good hanging but may not fit you well and keep you comfortable in the water. The good news is that top brands do offer more stylish options in different colours and designs. So remember my advice on safety, comfort and style and have fun shopping!
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My favourite pink fins!

6. Beautiful ocean. Beautiful you.
In my opinion, Ocean and women have a lot in common. Sir Hemingway describes it as “La Mar ” referring to it as a loved woman  in his book “The Old Man And the Sea”. I completely agree with the genius writer. We give life and we nurture. We are beautiful and inspiring. We tempt and we only accept the strongest and the most respectful. If you learn to understand the ocean, celebrate its beauty and discover its secrets, you will learn a great deal about yourself. It is indeed  a beautiful journey and this is why I feel that you should start your own blue adventure.
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The deep blue of Maldives

Hope this post inspires you, my beautiful mermaids.

Happy bubbles,

Slava

5 thoughts on “Female. Diver and Lovin’ It

  1. Kirsty Kavanagh

    As a fellow female diver (12+ years, 800+ dives), one of the fundamental things I was taught during my open water training, was how to put together my kit. I am really quite stunned that you did not learn these skills until Rescue Diver, where you are not only expected to be a competent enough diver to look after yourself, but also others. I am glad to see that you are advising followers that this is not a route to follow however I would seriously question the professionalism of the instructors who taught you during the earlier stages of your diving career. (PS – I do love your fins, they would go great with my pink cylinders)

    1. slava_photography@yahoo.com Post author

      Kirsty,
      thanks for your comment. I Unfortunately, many centres here focus more on the commercial side rather than the quality and safety. They push you from one course to the other as long as you barely pass the tests and get the idea of what is happening. This is why I have changed three dive centres oil i found one that is very pro safety. My instructor has really changed the way I see things and has trained me very well which I am very grateful for. Of course I was shown how to put the gear together and had to show that I know how to do it, but I believe it was not enough. Then during the dives most centres do everything for you to provide a better service and people don’t learn how to put their kit together at all.

      I am glad you like my fins, let me see the cylinders, now you got me curious!

  2. Svetlana

    If you see a shark under water, what should to do? Is it danger? Because my hasbund was run away and working very fast with his fins.

    1. Slava

      You should stay calm and enjoy the view. Sharks are safe and humans are not viewed as food. However, if provoked they will defend themselves that is why divers are not encouraged to touch any marine animals or aquatic life in general

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