Destin divers highlight sports growth with Women’s Dive Day

DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) — Like-minded scuba diving women in Destin joined forces Saturday for the annual PADI Women’s Dive Day 2022. The group of 19, including all-female dive masters and instructors, toured the Destin bridge rubble 1 mile off the coast on July 16.

The women ranged in age and skill level from beginner to life-long divers. Scheuermann said this was Emerald Coast Scuba’s first all-female dive for the celebrated day.

“My goal was basically to just get a cool group of ladies out on the water and have a good time socialized topside and have a good dive under the water and we did that and then some,” said Scheuermann. “I think everybody made a lot of new connections that will hopefully last a very long time. Everybody met some new dive buddies and it was nice to be the majority instead of the minority for a change so it was cool.”

Scheuermann has been diving on the coast for more than 10 years and has seen a big shift in genders over the years at the shop.

“Most of the time I was the only female on board any boat that I was ever on and now that ratio over the past 10 years, the ratios have balanced out to almost 50/50,” said Scheuermann. “At this point whenever I’m on a boat now I’m with at least a few other ladies.”

The 2021 PADI Worldwide statistics showed a steady pace of male and female certifications. A bigger change has been seen in the age groups getting certified.

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