Sylvia Earle: Explorer and Scuba Diver

I started scuba diving over 7 years ago, and the scuba diving scene here in Malaysia is getting merrier each coming day. When I took my Open Water Diving License with my friends, there were about 4 girls, and 11 guys in the group, and all diving instructors and dive masters were all men.

But the scenario is changing. More women are participating in scuba diving. And more women are getting themselves certified as dive masters as well as dive instructors.

In any sports, there would be the pioneers, who dare venture into something that is not common at that particular time, and are successful in proving that they CAN do what many would think as ‘dangerous’ .

Thus in this post, I would like to feature a woman explorer, scuba diver, oceanographer, author and lecturer whom I hope will be an inspiration to all of you out there.

Her name is Sylvia Earle.

Sylvia is an advocate to our oceans and has been exploring them for over 60 years. Her resumé is impressive. According to National Geographic, Sylvia Earle has “led more than a hundred expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970; participating in ten saturation dives, most recently in July 2012; and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000-meter depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation, and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.”

Impressive, don’t you think?

Watch the video of Sylvia Earle in Ted talk below.

The ocean is still a magical treasure that are worth exploring, from beginners to veterans.

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