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Hope Rising: How PADI Women are Filling the Ocean with Hope

Around the world, #PADIWOMEN are leading the way with creating ocean change for our blue planet. From making a career in diving more accessible for other females to leading important marine conservation projects in their local communities, hope continues to rise thanks to these leading ladies.

Turning Dreams into Realities in Unexpected Ways

Making the most of a forced career shift during the pandemic, Brooke Lorentzen (#458129) spent lockdown studying how to become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor Trainer. Within six months of starting her diving career at Rainbow Reef in Key Largo, Florida, Brooke reached MSDT status and is putting her college degrees in conservation biology and marine biology to practical use–making sure to teach all of her students about how to dive with a purpose and save the ocean. 

Breaking Barriers for Women in the Middle East

Diving is still a new concept for many women who live in the Middle East. But thanks to trailblazing women who are determined to create fulfilling careers for themselves beneath the surface, a record-breaking number of women are now getting certified as PADI® Instructors in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia – proving that regardless of social norms, everyone has the opportunity to work for our blue planet. 

Following in Her Mother’s Footsteps

As a child, Wendy Auxillou (#163755) would walk to the local dive center on the remote island of Caye Caulker determined to become a PADI Divemaster. Inspired by her father, Cap’n Ray Auxillou, and his pioneering efforts in taking keen adventurers out to The Great Blue Hole, Wendy was determined to also make a career in sharing the beauty of her home with others. So it was only a matter of time before Wendy’s daughter, Giselle de la Fuente, became one of the youngest PADI Junior Open Water Divers in Belize at just 10 years old. It is now a family affair to protect, explore and share their underwater world with others. 

Share Your Hope Rising Stories with #PADIPeople

There is hope rising everywhere. PADI will continue to amplify stories like these with fellow PADI Members and divers to inspire, excite and accelerate recovery by demonstrating the spirit of #PADIPeople around the world. 

Share your own stories about how you are making a difference, and the better days that are possible right now through diving. Simply post descriptions, photos or videos to your social media channels, tagging PADI and #PADIPeople.

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