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Women Underwater: The Comprehensive Guide for Women in Scuba Diving (Paperback)

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Women Underwater engages women SCUBA divers with clear direction, intelligence, and sage advice about the remarkable adventures awaiting them underwater. With inspiring stories from female role models who have forged successful careers in various diving disciplines, this book provides detailed suggestions, tips and hints regarding equipment choices, medical issues and the unique social factors challenging women in this male-dominated sport. Drawing on decades of experience as instructors, consultants and expedition leaders, co-authors Jill Heinerth and Renee Power tackle topics for both recreational and technical divers. By women and for women, this book answers delicate questions about female health concerns and navigating the choppy waters of culture and gender issues. Generously illustrated with full color images, Women Underwater is additionally supported by dynamic media resources, keeping readers up-to-date about the latest innovations, equipment and opportunities for women divers. In the era of women's rights and feminism, many of us seek to diminish the differences between genders and instead fight for true equality. As such, I have been questioned about why I would want to separate women and men in the field of diving. I've received a few angry emails suggesting that this effort sets back attempts at gaining equality. Recently, I got a Facebook note from a man who thought the notion of a women's specific book was patently ridiculous. In this case, my husband wanted to answer, "I guess you've never had to worry about having your period in a wetsuit " (I've got a really cool, and incredibly proud husband). this book and its accompanying website seek to address much more than information about women's specific health issues. Truthfully, our industry is only just beginning to recognize that women need distinct solutions for equipment rather than something that is just small and pink. In careers, women still struggle to be considered capable of participating in traditionally male-dominated professions. On dive boats, women are still frequently treated with insensitivity, prejudice and even harassment. Clearly these are unique issues that women face in the underwater world. This book aims to reach out to women to help find their place in the diving community. With detailed guidance on equipment, medical issues and social factors, we have also included inspiring stories and advice from mentors who have forged remarkable careers in underwater fields. Our hope is to provide a solid reference and inspiration for women to feel included and capable of pursuing their unique path in diving. We hope you'll enjoy reading and continue to follow our blog at

About the Author

A pioneering underwater explorer and filmmaker, Jill Heinerth has dived deeper into caves than any woman in history. Jill's photography has been featured in prominent international publications. Recognizing a lifetime devoted to water advocacy, Jill was awarded the Wyland Icon and Sea Hero of the Year awards. In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was presented with the inaugural Medal for Exploration. Established by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the medal recognizes the pursuit of excellence by an outstanding explorer. Jill Heinerth is the inaugural Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer in Residence. Her We Are Water Project combines documentary filmmaking, live presentations and social media to spread water literacy on a global scale. Her website is the home for the Women Underwater blog, store and educational resources. Renee Power is a volunteer with the Cambrian Foundation, an aquatic research organization. Since 1994 she has participated in dozens of underwater research projects and public education outreach efforts. Alongside the Cambrian Foundation dive team, she has engaged in original exploration surveying thousands of feet in Mexico and Florida caves. Renee is an active PADI Master Instructor. Her technical training includes Full Cave, Trimix and Prism Topaz Rebreather. Renee is a Disabled Diver International instructor and has served in the Deptherapy Program with wounded military veterans. Her favorite students are the ones she helps overcome the greatest challenges, obstacles and fears. Renee's company, Dive by Design, offers a personal approach to dive instruction.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781940944012
ISBN-10: 1940944015
Publisher: Heinerth Productions Inc.
Publication Date: September 1st, 2014
Pages: 156
Language: English