With a growing number of women joining the scuba diving community in recent years, it’s a great time to look back on the women who paved the way for this changing landscape.
One such woman is the indomitable Dottie Frazier.
Dottie was born on 16 July 1922, and is widely recognised as the first female scuba diver, the first female dive shop owner, and the first female hard-hat diver.
Her first diving mask was made by her father from pieces of fire hose, inner tube strips tape and glue. She wrote of that experience, “I could see everything underwater as clear as if I were on the surface. From this time forward, this became my world. New discoveries presented themselves daily amid this constantly changing underwater wonderland.”
At 98 years of age, she may have hung up her hard hat, but she keeps the fun alive on her motorcycle.
Lockdown is a great time to catch up on some reading, and we highly recommend that you grab a copy of her book, “Trailblazer: The Extraordinary Life of Diving Pioneer, Dottie Frazier”, to find out more about this exceptional woman.