Many women throughout history have been inspired by their underwater experiences and education to take action to protect our oceans. This includes women such as renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who once said, “Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.”

PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is holding an International Women’s Dive Day on July 15, 2017, to recognize women’s contributions to diving throughout history. This initiative is “aimed at closing the unnecessary gender gap that currently exists within the diving community.”

Women SCUBA dive in every department here at the New England Aquarium, as both staff and volunteers, in order to help take care of our animals. In addition to diving, these women all share a passion for conserving and protecting our ocean environments. As a result, we would like to recognize their contributions.

At the New England Aquarium, we believe in the importance of diversity in order to fulfill our mission to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards. We appreciate all our female staff and volunteers who dedicate their time below the surface taking care of our animals and their habitats. These staff and divers are here to share this passion and inspire people to act within their own communities to protect the blue planet.

The women who dive here at the New England Aquarium are integral in educating our visitors, caring for our animals, and protecting our oceans. Without them, the work that we do here would not be possible. So thank you, and happy International Women’s Dive Day.

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diver in the Giant Ocean Tank

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