Female Diver? Read These 5 Tips!


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.

Here are a few recommendations to help you ladies get on your way to happier dives!

1) Buy A Female BCD

zena-scuba-BCDAny 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.

2) Buy A Female Wetsuit

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.

Check out our line of wetsuits and see which one is right for you! You can also check out our two-part series on How to Buy A Wetsuit for Diving.

3) Do Your Hair and Nails

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.

4) Avoid Shiny Jewelry

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.

5) Find Women Dive Buddies

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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Female Diver? Read These 5 Tips!
The majority of scuba divers are male, but females can get in on the fun too. Here are a few tips for female scuba divers!

4 responses to “Female Diver? Read These 5 Tips!”

  1. kayle says:

    What color mask should I buy 🙂

  2. Steph says:

    Thanks! I went diving a couple of times in the Caribbean with my boyfriend and am interested in pursuing more dives. I appreciate the recommendations.

  3. Kelly says:

    A group of my lady friends and I recently went on a diving trip together. It was great camaraderie. We are planning to do it again next year. It was a great way to get the girls together.

  4. Nick says:

    I’ve been trying to get my girlfriend to dive with me and she is nervous. I think once she experiences it, she will be addicted.

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