I am a PADI Master Instructor and have been teaching Scuba for over 34 years.
When I first started diving in the 70's there were few women in diving.
My first scuba class was myself, at 16, and 32 guys from Nelles Airforce Base in NV.
When I first started teaching and women were coming into the classes they would ask me questions that I
could not answer, such as, can they take Midol or dive while pregnant. Back then not much was known about
women and diving. We were just told there was no difference.
I have spent years researching women's issues as they relate to diving. There are many things that we have found out but there is still much we do not know. It has been interesting to see the changes in both diver education and the advancement of equipment. Now we have more women diving, teaching and participating in many other areas of the Scuba industry. The advancement of equipment designed for women now allows 10 year olds and grandmas to learn to dive.
I hold the only PADI Distinctive Specialty on Women & Diving certification and have written articles on women's issues for various scuba magazines.
I will continue to improve and add to this Women's Corner and I hope that you enjoy it. If you have any suggestions or would like to ask a question just email me at email@example.com.
Till we meet - Express yourself and enjoy your love of our underwater world.
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Women & Diving Distinctive Specialty Course
Please feel free to enjoy the information provided on our web site regarding womens issues. We do offer a Women & Diving Distinctive Specialty Course. Open to both men and women, this is a great way to meet other divers and this course counts towards you Master Diver Certification.
Diving is a rigorous sport so you need to maintain a good degree of fitness and tailor your diving activities to your physical abilities.
ANATOMY & STRUCTURAL DIFFERENCES
FAT - Women, in fact, generally do have more body fat than men; but somewhere along the line, the connection was made that this was the cause of decompression illness in women. If that extra bit of body fat caused DCI in women, then it follows that men who have extra adipose tissue should run the same risk. This simply isn't the case.
DCS - When we break down dive injuries by the sex and experience of the diver, we find a much stronger relationship between females and their dive experience: women who have been diving for less than two years generally account for 39 percent to 50 percent of all injuries in female divers.
Balance - Women have a lower center of gravity. The trunk is usually longer and the legs are shorter which gives women better balance, dexterity and flexibility. Joint shape differs. The elbow and hip bones meet at angles different from a mans joints. Now you know why you throw like a girl.
The cardiovascular system, heart, lungs, circulation, differ. The heart and lungs are smaller, even relative to weight.
Women breathe more shallowly than men do which means they will use less air while their heart rate is higher.
Breast Implants - Duke University conducted an experiment with three types of breast implants and simulated various depth/time profiles in a chamber. They found a insignificant increase in bubble size ( one to four percent) in both saline and silicone gel implants, depending on the depth and duration of the dive. The least volume change occured in the saline-filled implant, because nitrogen is less soluble in saline than silicone.
The silicone-saline-filled type showed the greatest volume change. Bubble formation in implants led to a small volume increase, which is not likely to damage the implants or surrounding tissue. If gas bubbles do form in the implant, they resolve over time.
Saline-filled breast implants are neutrally buoyant. Silicone implants are negatively buoyant and may therefore to some degree affect buoyancy and trim. Constrictive chest straps or buoyancy compensators may cause irritation and discomfort around the surgical area or on the implants and should therefore be avoided. Once sufficent time has passed after surgery, when the diver has resumed normal activities and there is no danger of infection, and with your doctors approal, you may begin scuba diving.
Women may resume diving after a hysterectomy, but they should wait until they have recovered general strength and fitness before they take the plunge - usually six to eight weeks, and sometimes longer.
A hysterectomy is considered major surgery. If the procedure is complicated in any way, by infection, anemia or other serious issues, it may be wise to further delay diving.
Ovarian Tumor - Tumors may be malignant or benign. They may also be solid or a hollow sac (cysts). Ovarian tumors are not all that uncommon and, if identified early, they can be removed surgically or with radiation treatments.
The major issues are the effects on the body from the surgery and/or radiation/chemotherapy treatments. See the drop down menu for Breast Cancer.
Most people thin of heart attachs and heart desiease as being a male problem, ut it affects women as well. Heart desease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States and is the leading cause of disability in women. Two-thirds of women who have a heart attach fail to make a full recovery.
Women have the same basic questions and concerns about diving in the beginning as men plus some additional questions. There has been a lack of information as well as conflicting information available. We hope this site will answer questions for you and your buddy. If not, please feel free to contact us about any questions or comments you may have and speak to our head instructor, Kristy.
Check out the information below and for larger issues click on the highlighted links for additional information.
Today men and women divers share the same goals and can dive to the same depth. This was not always the case. We will be adding a section on Dive History for Women in the future, so check back.
You will notice that some of the information contained here can be applied to men also.