Scuba Diving Scholarship Program
Connecting with the ocean through scuba diving has the power to change lives. Being in water makes you happier. It makes you healthier. And it inspires you to protect our most precious marine ecosystems.
No one is more deserving of this connection than Roatan’s girls. With the ocean literally in their backyard, many grow up never making it past the sand. ROA GIRLS DIVE is changing that – and you can help!
A partnership between Sun Divers, Roatan Peer Health Exchange and PADI, this scholarship program provides PADI Scuba Diving certifications to local girls and women in Roatan ranging from Open Water Diver all the way through Divemaster.
Why Sponsors a Roatan Girl to Dive
ENRICHED LIVES – The mental, physical and emotional benefits of diving are many – and who better to reap those benefits than teenage girls dealing with the complexity that comes with growing up. Especially girls who have spent their whole lives with the reef in their own backyard, but have yet to experience its beauty and power. This scholarship program enriches lives of young girls by providing them with a positive, healthy activity and outlet.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS – The girls that participate in the Roatan Peer Health Exchange program are poised to be our future leaders. Leaders who should be empowered to protect our fragile marine ecosystem through their own actions and decision making – as well as those that they influence. We want to give Roatan’s girls the education they need to be good environmental stewards for the natural resources that support livelihoods in their coastal community.
PROFESSIONAL PATHWAYS – Roatan women are significantly underrepresented in the local dive industry. We’d like to educate Roatan’s girls on the professional paths that they should consider for their future, as well as provide them with the necessary certifications needed to participate in local dive professional development programs, such as the Roatan Marine Park’s Protect our Pride Program.