Scuba is predominantly a “man’s world.” According to PADI, 66% of divers are male and only 34% are female. For lady divers to fully enjoy the sport, they must be comfortable and make the sport their own.
Any diver will agree that a good BCD is worth every penny. For female divers, especially those with curves, this is even more true. A standard vest style can be constricting, especially when it is fully inflated. It’s no fun having your chest and ribcage flattened, feeling the BDC sliding around because it’s too big, or having sore hips from an awkwardly fitting device. Luckily, many brands make female model BCDs that are designed to better fit the feminine form by allowing for natural hip movement and room for the bust.
ScubaToys.com has many women-specific BCDs you can check out, like the TUSA Serene II, which features cushy lumbar support, or the super cute Zeagle Zena (pictured right), which mixes comfort and style in a back inflate with a figure-flattering corset front, available in several colors.
Following on the same reasoning as the BCD, it is equally important to own a female wetsuit – comfort is everything. It is important for it to have a great, snug fit to ward off cold when you’re under the water, but its just as important to be comfortable on the dive boat. Female wetsuits in general have more room for hips and more room for the bust.
No, you don’t need to go to the salon for this one. The key is to do your hair (unless it’s very short) so it stays out of your face during the dive and doesn’t end up in a knotted mess after you’re done. Plus, hair can and will get stuck in the back of your rubber mask grip – ouch (neoprene mask straps can help, though!).
If you have long hair, the easiest method is a French braid, double braids or even two pigtails. A few pins or clips can keep bangs out of your face. Securing your hair will keep it from blocking your view AND be mostly tangle-free at the end!
Broken and ragged nails are no fun. When exposed to water for a long time, nails soften and break more easily. Nail polish can also easily chip, especially against a rock or equipment. It’s best to file your nails to a shorter length and wear clear polish or none at all.
Of course it goes without saying that it is better to leave jewelry at home for safekeeping in case it gets lost. Another reason to leave the bling is the sheen off of it might attract some unwanted attention from the local residents underwater. Certain species of fish, like barracuda and sharks, are known to be attracted to shiny objects. The sheen mimics fish scales and the way that necklace or bracelet floats may resemble a wounded fish. This may cause the animal to attack.
Sometimes doing an activity with members of your same sex can be more relaxing and fun, and diving is no different. Many communities have girl-only dive clubs, enabling women to meet and plan dive trips together. Try searching on Google to see if your community has one! If it doesn’t, offer to start one or join another club from a different city and meet at your dive destinations.
Serving the Dallas area, Scuba Toys offers a wide variety of female-specific gear. Stop by our Carrollton store, or check out our huge online shop!
Do you have any other tips you can share for female divers? Let us know in the comments below!
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