PADI is proud to present the inaugural PADI Women’s Dive Day on 18 July 2015, a special day to get women together, in the water and involved in diving. With numerous events being hosted around the world, the goal is to get as many women as possible, at every level, diving on the same day in order to build awareness and interest for the sport. PADI Regional Manager Jonas Samuelsson decided to interview leading women in the dive industry during the month leading up to the Women’s Dive Day. PADI Examiner Nicole Detry sharing from her successful career in diving.
When and how did you start diving?
I started in 1977, in Belgium, with the Belgian CMAS federation. At that time there were not so many women diving, it was a bit military system and I though from the beginning that diving could be teach another way, more fun and enjoyable
PADI Instructor Examiner
What you find the most exciting about diving?
- First the aquatic environment. I just love being in the water. I can hang around for hours (when water is warm …) even if nothing is happening, enjoying neutral buoyancy, no noise, or the opposite challenging conditions, strong current, rough sea, excitement of big animals as shark, manta ray or dolphins, etc.
- Second is people. With diving you meet so many different kinds of people, from different countries, different back ground, different mentalities, young, old, etc. – but all passionate with diving and the aquatic world.
Tips to someone who is thinking about a career in diving?
Love it – try different things – keep learning – keep it fun
Teaching and sharing with others the passion you have for diving.
Any dream dive you aspire to?
Diving Galapagos together with a backpacking trip in Equator
What would your next diving course be?
I just completed the Rebreather courses – and loved it to be back to learning and practicing again as a “student”
Attributes that makes someone more successful in the diving industry?
Enthusiasm and the love to share experiences
Best moment in diving?
In the 90’s, Ras Mohamed – Shark Reef – after fitting against the current around shark reef with a big group of Italian divers from Bergamo, arriving at the drop of, and hovering in the blue with hundreds of snappers, jackfish’s and barracudas, than a grey shark coming from the deep toward us. So much excitement – everyone so happy and kissing each other under water. The celebration kept going on the whole way back on the boat toward Naama Bay.
What is the next step in your career?
I love what I do and want to keep going as Examiner.
Thank you so much for the time. Looking forward to see you in Egypt in August.
Thank you and see you soon,