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Outstanding Female Divers

Outstanding Female Divers
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Male dominated industry of scuba diving emphasizes the distinction between female and male divers and the importance of talking about it as a separate topic. Entering the mesmerizing world of scuba diving world has not been of an easy one, and still goes on being challenging. Nevertheless, unlike the old times when women were facing the problem limited scuba dive gear built for them, nowadays there is a big choice of gear for women of all sizes and shapes. For more products for women check out:

In this post we are going to commemorate some of those outstanding female divers from various generations and nationalities. These are women who have made some versatile contribution and keep inspiring the divers to follow their passion and make a difference that matters.

Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle aka ‘’Her Deepness’’ is a living diving icon, who became known as such in 1979 when she walked untethered on the ocean floor at 381 meters. This has been the lowest depth than any other woman has dived.

She has dedicated her life to investigating and exploring marine ecosystem, and standing up for its protection and conservation. As she says ‘’divers are the best ambassadors for exploration and ocean care’’.

Her latest project Mission Blue is concerned with putting marine areas under protection, which is necessary to the good condition of ocean and the planet. As the Mission Blue website states, “with concerted effort and passionate people, we can continue this positive trend and help create a global network of Hope Spots, the seeds of tomorrow’s healthy ocean”.

Sylvia Earle is undoubtedly an influential figure in the world of diving and ocean care. Read more about Sylvia Earle.

Valerie Taylor

It is not an easy task to list Valerie Taylor’s uncountable achievements. This Sydney, Australia born multi talent is a pioneer underwater explorer, a filmmaker, an ocean conservationist and a photographer. Valerie and her husband Ron - who, by the way, was born 8 March- were among the first to film a white shark, which they did without a cage.

After seeing their documentary Hunt for the Great White Shark Peter Benchley got inspired to write the book Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s famous Jaws is that very book-to-film adaptation, where he asked Valerie and her husband to shoot underwater footage for the film. Read more about Valerie Taylor.

Haenyo - Sea Women

Haenyo meaning sea women are female divers of the South Korean island Jeju. They took over diving from men back in the 18th century, because they were exempt from tax. As so many families relied on the haenyeo for the majority of their income, a semi-matriarchal society developed on Jeju with the haenyeo at the head of the household.

To become a haenyo, girls would start training at the age of 11 beginning in shallow water working their way up to more depths. It required about 7 years of training before a girl would become a haenyo.

Nowadays, the oldest haenyo are over 80 years old, with a diving experience of more than 60 years. Before the introduction of wetsuits, haenyo wore cotton swimsuits, because of which they could only stay in water up to an hour during winter times, and dive in again after 3-4 hours break of drying off by the fire. After wetusits got available they would spend in water for 5 to 6 hours even in winter. Read more about Haenyo.

Zale Parry

The diving icon Zale Parry is famous for setting a women’s deep diving record and for being acting in a TV show Sea Hunt. She had a big contribution in creating and marketing the first hyperbaric chamber fir civilian divers, which has made the recreational diving safer. Read more about Zale Parry


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Jack van Heest 2 years ago at 5:43 AM
What about Valerie van Heest : shipwreck hunter in the Great Lakes and women divers hall of fame member?
Diver, author, & maritime museum exhibit designer.

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Valerie is an underwater explorer and historian who has been involved in the discovery and archaeological documentation of numerous historic Great Lakes shipwrecks. Combining her passion for maritime history with her professional writing and design experience, Valerie shares her adventures through award-winning books, films, lectures and museum exhibits in ways to educate, entertain and inspire. She is an inductee in the Women Divers Hall of fame and the recipient of a Michigan State History Award for her work preserving and promoting the state’s submerged maritime history.

Valerie has written six books and numerous magazine articles. She is a regular presenter at museums, libraries, and film festivals sharing the dramatic stories of mysteries on the Great Lakes, and she has appeared on television news networks as well as the National Geographic, History, and Travel Channels. Valerie is a partner in the exhibit design firm Lafferty van Heest & Associates and serves as a director of the nonprofit Michigan Shipwreck Research Association, spearheading the search for and documentation of lost ships.
Divestock Crew 2 years ago at 11:10 AM
Dear Jack,

Thanks for the notice. The work she has done is immense.