Why women are better divers than men...
Marcus - Instructor/Clinical Psychologist
October 31, 2007 at 13:55:18
Of course, it's the kind of generalization that can dumb things down to another round in the "battle of the sexes", but yes, in general, women are better scuba divers than men. That's my conclusion based on 30+ years teaching people to scuba dive and leading dive trips around the world.
While women tend to be more tentative as they get into diving, most will eventually surpass their male counterparts due to better breathing, better buoyancy control, better dive planning and much, much better decisions when adverse conditions are encountered at depth.
All that and the fact that women often display vastly superior knowledge of marine ecosystems can bruise male egos and push them over the edge into tech diving, which rewards the upper body strength advantage of the male physique, and ironically, lavish fashion statements one normally associates with females.
The fact that tech diving is often about what guys are wearing — "hey Ricky, you're are just killer dude with that awesome, custom titanium trim on your state-of-the-art DIR unit" — suggests that under the ocean's surface men are exceptionally comfortable with gender role reversal and overt male bonding displays.