Divers participating into 2019 PADI Women Dive Day. Contributed

The History of Diving Museum is inviting the public to join in on a weekend of celebrating women divers during this year’s PADI Women Dive Day on July 18 and 19. 

Activities kick off at 10:30 a.m. on July 18 with a virtual presentation with Laurel Seaborn on women in underwater archaeology.  People will be able to watch from the comfort of their homes or catch the recorded session later on the museum’s YouTube channel. In the evening, the public is invited to join in on the activities at Key Dives for a fun night dive, followed by a toast to the ladies of diving.

Event participants can stroll through the museum, located at MM 83, bayside, in Islamorada with a women-themed scavenger hunt on July 18 and 19. Learn about the early female pioneers of commercial diving, or the Japanese Ama divers who are known for their freediving skills. In addition, museum goers will learn about the museum’s own co-founder, Sally Bauer, whose research and dedication to diving is highlighted in the featured exhibit, “In Depth.”

Both day-long events will have participants rotating through in limited group sizes to incorporate the social distancing rules set by the Centers for Disease Control, State of Florida and Monroe County. Attendees will be provided a unique, personalized viewing of the Museum. After the self-guided tour, participants will get a chance to choose a HDM gift to take home, as well as have an opportunity to shop in the museum store. The programs will last approximately an hour. 

Tickets are $15 per adult admission for each day, or $108 per eight-person group (10% off). Children 6 to 11 are $7, while those 5 and under are free. Members and Blue Star families are also free. 

Walk-ins are welcome based on capacity, or you can schedule a time slot. To purchase your tickets or to learn more, contact Emily Kovacs, community outreach coordinator, at [email protected].  The night dive is $65 for HDM members and $75 for non-members. To reserve a spot, call Key Dives at 305-664-2211 and ask to participate in the PADI Women Dive Day night dive.

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