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How Much “Fat Shaming” Is There in Diving?

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The Facebook Group, Plus Size Scuba Girls, we referred to in the beginning of the story states that it's all about getting women divers to "embrace their inner whale." "Everyone can scuba dive, even plus size," member Lina Amona wrote in her review of the group. "They give confidence to others to try believing in themselves. I love to see mermaids in water, regardless of size."

But that view isn't shared by everyone in the dive world. Unfortunately, it seems plus-sized divers are often discouraged -- and often blatantly to their face -- from gearing up. Mackenzie Macdonald (Lincoln, NE) remembers how the divemaster in her training course did his best to dash her dreams of getting certified....

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