Set to launch on August 6th, 2023, International Scuba Day is a new annual event developed by a team of passionate divers to promote and celebrate the experience of diving, and unite a community of divers and ocean lovers worldwide.
The ultimate goal? To unite divers and ocean enthusiasts from all over the world and celebrate the awe-inspiring experience of scuba diving.
So how do you participate in International Scuba Day?
- Go for a dive of course! Go for a dive, log your dive on the Scuba Day website, and go in the running to win some pretty cool prizes. There are lots of prizes up for grabs – everything from dive gear, dive computers, to underwater scooters.
- Take part in a Scuba Day Event. There are International Scuba Day events all over the world – take a look here for an event near you. Events range from fun dives and group dives to underwater and beach cleanups.
Organisers hope to have hundreds of participants from over 150 countries, including dive centres, resorts, training organisations, dive clubs and conservation organisations hosting events. Dive shops around the world are planning a variety of events like group dives and/or discounts on classes and gear to encourage you to get underwater with your buddies.
Dive In, Win Big
True to the spirit of scuba diving, International Scuba Day will offer more than just education and discussions. The event is set to feature thrilling giveaways, worth $10,000, of top-notch scuba gear, presenting a golden opportunity for diving enthusiasts to score some new equipment. Local dive shops around the globe will also be joining in, offering group dives for those eager to immerse themselves in the vibrant underwater world.
An Event with Depth
One of the highlights of International Scuba Day will be a live presentation scheduled for August 6th at 5 pm UTC. Representatives from Diving Alert Network (DAN) Europe, Green Fins, and DIVEIN will take part in this insightful discussion, delving into significant topics in scuba diving. Participants can expect to learn more about safety guidelines, sustainable practices, and introductory steps for those considering dipping their toes into scuba diving.
So why International Scuba Day the 6th of August?
On the 6th of August, 1926, French Naval officer Yves Paul Gaston Le Prieur and inventor Maurice Fernez unveiled and tested the Fernez-Le Prieur diving apparatus in a Paris swimming pool. A cylinder of compressed air on the diver’s back combined with a regulator allowed the diver total freedom underwater, without need for surface-supplied air. Thus SCUBA (as we know it today) was born, so it’s the perfect anniversary to celebrate!
And why do we need an International Scuba Day?
Well, we live in a world where there’s an International Carrot Day (4th of April, if you’re interested) so it seems crazy that there’s not a day dedicated to celebrating one of the most transformative outdoor experiences you can have on our planet. The idea behind International Scuba Day came from a handful of divers working at the scuba magazine DIVEIN.com, who just couldn’t believe that there was no internationally recognised day for celebrating scuba diving.
Whether it’s your first time strapping on a dive mask or you’re a seasoned veteran, this event has something for everyone. International Scuba Day is about embracing our shared curiosity for the undersea world, celebrating the thrilling adventure that scuba diving offers, and building a global community that respects and cherishes our oceans.