Grand Caymen Women Divers to Swim 58 Miles for Women's Dive Day 2020
On 18 July, for Women's Dive Day, Grand Cayman's female divers are coming together once more to promote women in diving and raise money to support breast cancer research. In 2019, an event organised by leading dive centre, Divetech, created the longest underwater chain of divers ever assembled, breaking its own world record set the previous year.
This year, the challenge is to swim a distance underwater, wearing scuba gear, equivalent to the circumference of Grand Cayman island – approximately 58 miles. To complete the distance, the team from Divetech will set up a measured line at their Lighthouse Point shore diving site, which the island's participating female instructors can swim as many times as they like, with each length added to the total distance completed.
'I really wanted this Women’s Dive Day to focus on the female instructors of the Cayman Islands,' said Divetech owner Jo Mikutowicz, in an interview with The Cayman Compass. 'Things have not been so great in this industry since the end of March, with still a big hill ahead to climb. Some of these women have lost their jobs, have had to move houses, their friends have left, they couldn’t dive for months and really have no secure plan for the future at the moment. Obviously, the easy thing would have been to leave, but they haven’t, which shows their strength and resilience.'
'They stay here to help their companies carry on through this hard time and support the Cayman Islands dive industry,' said Mikutowicz, 'even though the situation is not ideal.'
To help with the challenge and raise extra money for charity, Divetech is inviting all divers (female and male) on the island to join the event this coming Saturday, 18 July. Shore dives will be available between 7:30am-5:00pm for CI$25 (tanks and weights included), which will be donated to the Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation. Divers can help by swimming some lengths of the line during their fun dive, with each length completed by a female fun diver contributing to the cumulative 58-mile distance.
Divetech has asked people to register in advance if they wish to attend, to safely accommodate everyone who plans on stopping by during the day. Plenty of space is available for divers to remain socially distant while enjoying the day.