The only thing better than breaking a world record is breaking the same world record, again.
That is what Divetech hopes to do on International Women’s Dive Day on Saturday, 20 July.
Last year 86 women came together at Divetech’s shore diving site at Lighthouse Point in West Bay, creating the longest recorded female underwater human chain.
The previous record had been set in May 2018 by 48 women from Girls That Scuba, who formed an underwater human pyramid in Indonesia.
This year, Divetech hopes to bring together 100 women at its West Bay dive site and break its own record set in July 2018. Like last year, proceeds from the event will benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Divetech owner Joanna Mikutowicz is appealing for women to sign up for this year’s event early, so organisers can start coordinating the details.
“We are trying to get … 100 women this year and also as much assistance as possible from other dive shops and organisations that want to support the event,” Mikutowicz said.
Signing up early will allow the dive company to reserve tanks and equipment and plan for enough safety divers. It will also allow participants to ensure their spot – a maximum of 100 women will be able to participate.
“Everyone participating in the dive needs to be at least an Open Water certified diver and have been diving in the past year. If they have not been diving in the past year, we do offer half day refreshers to get them back to feeling safe and comfortable in the water so they can safely participate in the big event,” Mikutowicz said.
“Anyone who is not a certified diver is welcome to come join the event and stay on shore cheering everyone on, participating in our raffle and just joining in on the fun.”
Women’s Dive Day is an international celebration that encourages women to share their love for the water, Mikutowicz explained, adding that women play an important role in Cayman’s dive community.
“Women have a very strong presence in the Cayman diving community, from women who run/manage dive shops to the instructors that work there, to the diving women of the DOT [Department of Tourism] and CCMI [Central Caribbean Marine Institute], the underwater photographers who are ambassadors for Cayman and the environment on a global scale and, of course, all of the women who dive in their free time to enjoy all the beauty Cayman has to offer underwater,” she said.
The day will also benefit women through its support of the Breast Cancer Foundation. Mikutowicz said she would like to continue supporting the foundation because of the important financial assistance it offers women and men battling the disease.
“Facing a disease like cancer takes all of you physically and mentally to overcome, and any assistance that we can provide to lighten the burden of the financial responsibility is what our aim is,” Mikutowicz said.
For more information on Women’s Dive Day, visit www.divetech.com/wdd2019.