Sad news : Scuba Diving is not for women

Last week, a post I wrote ended up on a blog dedicated to diving and triggered such an outcry that moderators simply removed it! Some Internet users just started insulting themselves. This was a pity because, of course, everyone has the right to express themselves.

The post dealt with the question of whether a woman can dive when she has menstruation (do not hesitate to share it)

For experienced divers, the question does not arise, but when you start diving and you watch this video …


… we are entitled to ask ourselves whether the blood of menstruation will not actually play the role of bait for sharks.

We want to dive but not be eaten

Of course, divers know that sharks are not attracted by human blood, but they will enjoy the blood of a good bluefin tuna, a jackfish or some other very tender fish.

Still, through some of unfriendly exchanges of some Internet users, a suggestion came regularly (and forcefully) by one of them who seemed relatively disgusted or outraged that we could talk about menstruation on a diving blog and proposed that this type of post be reserved for groups that could be something like “Women scuba diving”

Are lady divers so different from other divers ?

Should they be isolated in special groups safe from men divers ?

Can’t they be part of the great scuba diving community ?

In my opinion, it is questionable that in 2017 women’s problems can be relegated aside and classify human beings according to gender. Are we not all human beings who are passionate about scuba diving?

This gentleman did not seem disturbed by problems of decompression, otitis or even a combination of tobacco and scuba diving which could without concern be debated on the group but menstruation … What an horror !

The proposal to relegate this article to a closed group reserved for women is definitely not a very good idea.

There is more than half of the human beings on earth who are women. They must therefore be part of the world in its own right, including diving, without discrimination.

Is diving really not an activity for women ?

I am deeply convinced that women and men have every interest in coming together on their similarities and not in separating themselves from their differences. By integrating the world of scuba diving, women will be able to bring their specific characteristics, … to enrich the captivating universe of this activity that fascinates us and unites us.

And how do you feel about this issue ? Feel free to leave a comment below.

And…do not forget to be happy …



PS: if you also want a world of diving open to all, share massively this article and go to the Facebook page for further reflection

  1. Kia Ora Helene, and greetings from New Zealand. It is amazing to me that in 2017, that posts like this on menstruation would be removed from facebook groups or that they would attract negative comment – you would think that some people don’t know any women? Clearly whether menstrual blood attracts sharks or not should be of interest to anyone who dives with women. (This despite the fact that bees and horses each kill far more people each year than sharks).

    Thanks for your blog post, its reassuring to know that neither menstrual blood or blood from a wound will set sharks into the feeding frenzy that I vividly remember from watching Jacques Cousteau on Television.

    Kia haka and all the best for 2018


    PS time to come diving in this part of the world 🙂

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