VIP Diving has had a diverse staff for many years, so it is no surprise we understand the importance of celebrating diversity in the dive community. While not the first on Bonaire to celebrate with an event, PADI Women’s Dive Day has been at the forefront of our vision for every dive we make. Scuba diving has this amazing power to make the impossible possible and bring to life what many only dream of. To elevate our experiences with people and planet in mind, VIP strives to be inclusive, accessible, and accommodating to all guests. Every encounter at VIP Diving starts with the overwhelming desire to do good and make memories.
Diving brings people together, bridging any gaps that divide us. Regardless of age, background, or ability, the deep blue becomes a shared space where bonds are formed, and unity flourishes. The shared awe and wonder of the underwater world creates a sense of camaraderie and mutual appreciation for the delicate nature of humanity and the beauty of our world. Under the surface of the water, communication transcends language barriers. It’s a place where a simple gesture or glance can convey understanding and forge friendships. The reliance on each other for safety and support fosters trust and cooperation, building a strong sense of community among divers. Together, we navigate the underwater realm, creating bonds that withstand the pressure of our atmosphere.
Among the many lessons we can learn from the sea are humility and respect for nature. As we witness the wonders of the deep, we realize the importance of conservation and the urgent need to protect these ecosystems. This shared responsibility as stewards of the sea unite divers in a common cause, inspiring collective action among inter-generational groups. Regardless of experience level or dive skills, adventure, curiosity, and exploration thrive in all divers. Underwater, we are reminded that we’re all part of something much greater than ourselves, creating a human identity transcending cultural, social, and personal differences. This interconnectedness and sense of wonder allow us to celebrate our harmony with and responsibility to the sea.
As such, this year VIP Diving hosted a PADI Women’s Dive Day event on 15 July 2023. We had a wonderful afternoon full of fun, laughter, togetherness, and diving. The event started off with a free women-only dive, dipping into the water at Red Beryl. Led by our female dive staff, these ladies enjoyed a lively and adventurous time and were visited by many schools of various fish species. After an afternoon of underwater bliss, the celebration continued on our cozy back patio with snacks and bubbles. We hope you will be able to join us next year to celebrate the magnificent people of our global dive community, who blaze new trails, make discoveries, and dedicate their lives to celebrating our diversity. We look forward to seeing you at our next PADI Women’s Dive Day event and all the dives in between.