Women’s Dive Day to benefit Cayman Islands Crisis Centre

Divetech's Joanna Mikutowicz is all smiles during a dive.

West Bay dive shop Divetech is marking the PADI Women’s Dive Day with a special event benefiting the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

The women’s dive day is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, July 16, with two boats reserved for women-only two-tank dives, open to certified divers.

“Divetech has joined forces with the Crisis Centre to raise awareness of the island’s first and only organization that provides emergency shelter and support services for victims of domestic abuse,” said Divetech managing partner Joanna Mikutowicz.

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre provides safe shelter for abused women and their children, a 24-hour toll-free crisis line, support and counseling programs.

Crisis Centre Executive Director Ania Milanowska will be among the divers and will be on hand to talk about how the center helps victims of domestic abuse. She will also offer suggestions on how to help.

Christi Baum and Joanna Mikutowicz at the Kittiwake dive site off West Bay. - Photos: Tony Land
Christy Baum and Joanna Mikutowicz at the Kittiwake dive site off West Bay. – Photos: Tony Land

“This is the second year PADI is holding the Women’s Dive Day,” said Ms. Mikutowicz. “Last year there were 65 dives all over the world on all seven continents that took part on this day celebrating women in diving and the contributions of women to the sport,” she said.

She noted that Divetech has four female dive instructors, an example of the growing participation of women in the sport.

“Women are becoming more well represented in the industry, in terms of both recreational diving and technical diving,” she said. “Things definitely have changed since diving first started.

“Along with this great opportunity to do some great diving, the participants will be supporting a great cause, and it will be an ideal way to celebrate women in diving,” said Ms. Mikutowicz.

After the boat trip, participants will enjoy nibbles from Vivo restaurant and Prosecco donated by Cayman Spirits Company.

Cost for residents is US$60; for visitors, the cost is US$100. US$30 per customer is donated to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre. For more information, call 946-5658 or email [email protected]