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Navy divers were exclusively male for over one hundred years. Dive gear, designed to fit men, was heavy and oversized for female divers. This exhibit examines the challenges and achievements of some of the first women Navy divers. Through determination, persistence, and a love of diving, these early pioneers proved themselves in a male-dominated world to become valued, respected members of the diving community.

Women became Navy divers for many reasons. Some had loved the water as children. TV shows such as Sea Hunt captured the interest of others. Some women, after they joined the Navy, became fascinated with the work the divers did. And some wanted a career where the standards for women were the same as those for men.

Mary Bonnin became interested in diving when working at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. A dive school slot became available to her unit when a male sailor decided not to go.

Babe, what do you want to be a diver for? I loved working in the water. I love the oceans, the marine life, the entire experience…still to this day. From then on, I told myself I would conquer both the seas and my fear of the seas by learning more and becoming part of the underwater environment. I took swimming lessons and gradually eased my way back into the water…and eventually earned a degree in oceanography.

Women had to do the same number of sit-ups and push-ups. They had to climb up and down the dive ladders wearing the same pound Mark V dive system. Diving officials often cited the physical differences between men and women to discourage women from becoming divers.

Less upper body strength, less aerobic capacity, higher risk of the bends, hormonal differences, and pregnancy were used as reasons for them not to dive. Today the primary restriction to diving is pregnancy. The physical qualification for women divers is the same as those for men: She had to handle some pounds of gear, including a Mark V dive helmet, weighted boots, and a heavy canvas suit.

She dove in water that was often dark, cold, and turbulent, accompanied by men, some of whom were supportive and many more who resented her invasion of their domain.

The dive dresses were too big, the boots were too big, and the breastplate stuck over my shoulders by several inches. I sewed towels into my shirts, making me look like a football player. This allowed the breastplate to sit higher, giving me some room to move my arms up. I wore my shoes covered by a pair of socks inside the boots so that the boots would not fall off of my feet. In the face of physical hardship and institutional barriers, the first women Navy divers were determined.

They struggled with equipment sized for larger bodies and an organization that was not always welcoming. You need to be dedicated. You need to practice. You need to be serious about it. By the end of the first two weeks we were down to thirteen. I survived this attrition by smiling the whole way through physical training and working myself to death. Only catch, I had to go to Navy diving school. Then he informed me there was one other bit of news that went with this diving school stuff. I would be the first female officer to ever go through.

My Dad was a Navy Seabee qualified in underwater demolition, and I knew what Navy diving school meant. To make a naval career in diving medicine, I had to become qualified in submarines. A dive school classmate found a submarine commanding officer willing to have a woman undersea medical officer to care for his crew.

Because I was willing to go down in the bilges, through sonar domes, crawl up inside a missile and learn whatever the crew was willing to teach… [I] broke down any barriers the crew may have had when I initially appeared on deck.

Divers train and dive in teams. Divers working in the water are supported by their shipmates on the surface. Teamwork is at the core of everything divers do. Everyone went through the same rigors of physical training. Navy diving is based up on a buddy system. Your life depends upon that buddy in the water with you.

You have to trust them in their knowledge and ability, as well as they have to trust you to take care of them if things go sideways. The result is that the Navy diving community is another family within the Navy family. The Naval Gate is open from 5 a. If you are checking onboard after these hours, please enter through the Charleston Gate, off Navy Yard Highway Have proper identification ready for verification purposes when entering any gate.

Temporary parking is available in the back of the building. During normal working hours 7: After normal hours, check in with the Naval Base Kitsap quarterdeck on the north side of the main floor. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is a controlled industrial area, and all access is restricted. Please contact for more information. For further information, please call For information about reporting procedures for other tenant commands, please contact your receiving command or report to Naval Base Kitsap quarterdeck in Building at Bremerton.

Naval Hospital Bremerton Military personnel who arrive in the area and are under orders to Naval Hospital Bremerton should call during normal working hours and after working hours for assistance.

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Sailors should contact their chain of command for specifics, and guests must have permission from their sponsor before engaging in any photography. When Sailors contact their commands, they should ensure that they a aware of the rules regarding photography enabled cell phones, as these may be prohibited in certain areas. While photography without a pass is authorized in general-use spaces on the upper base of Bangor and outside of the Controlled Industrial Area CIA in Bremerton, tenant commands, regardless of their location on the base, may have more restrictive photography limitations within their areas of jurisdiction.

No-photography zones apply to both military and civilian alike and may result in confiscation of equipment and potential security violations. Unofficial Foreign National Visits U. Entry authorization must be requested from Security at least five working days in advance of the visit. After approval is obtained, during normal working hours, registration is required at any NBK Pass and ID Office; after normal working hours, registration can be accomplished at the main gates.

The insurance coverage must meet Washington state insurance requirements. All vehicles are subject to random vehicle inspections while on federal installations. Items prohibited on all federal installations include explosives including pistols, rifles, etc. Parking for all active-duty military personnel assigned to Naval Base Kitsap, its tenants, homeported ships and ships undergoing overhaul in PSNS, is in the Montgomery Parking Garage and adjacent lot. Arriving on base without your POV is easy and is highly encouraged.

The Navy works closely with Kitsap Transit, the local mass-transit system provider. More information on commuting and carpooling options can be found at www. A one-day temporary pass can be issued at the Charleston Avenue Gate after hours, weekends and holidays. A one-day temporary pass can be issued at the Trident Gate after hours, weekends and holidays. Weapons are defined as firearms or other devices or instruments such as bow and arrows, brass knuckles, switchblades or butterfly knives, compressed air or gas-powered guns, nunchucks, etc.

Only weapons owned by residents will be registered. For more information, contact Security at Motorcycle and defensive driving safety classes are held at Naval Base Kitsap — Keyport.

The MSF Basic Rider Course BRC , which is tailored to new or prospective riders with little or no riding experience, is a two-day, hour class that teaches basic motorcycling skills and proper attitudes promoting safe motorcycle operation.

This course is an important prerequisite to becoming a licensed motorcycle rider. It is required Navy-wide in order to operate a motorcycle on any naval installation. The MSF Experienced Rider Course ERC , designed as a refresher for the experienced licensed rider, facilitates continued skill development in a controlled environment and allows riders to identify and improve targeted riding techniques.

The purpose of the MSRC is to teach riders the functional differences between sport bikes and non-sport bikes. It also covers specific attitudes and behaviors required to ride a sport bike responsibly and safely. This course is required Navy-wide in order to operate a sport bike on any naval installation. The MRSC is divided into two committees. The Mentorship Committee works to eliminate the risk-taking attitude problems so prevalent among riders.

It sets up fun rides, helps with motorcycle fairs and organizes rider clubs. The Focus Committee discusses and resolves problems and safety issues and works to make the MRSC the best motorcycle program in the Navy. Naval Base Kitsap Traffic Rules: Individuals are not authorized to run, jog or walk in the roadways during high traffic density and peak traffic periods.

Personnel jogging on an installation roadway shall jog facing oncoming traffic, in single file, and obey traffic rules. Skateboards, roller skates, Rollerblades and other similar equipment may only be used in approved areas. Proper Personal Protective Equipment, to minimally include head protection, shall be worn by all personnel.

Bicycle operators riding on an installation roadway shall ride with the traffic, in single file, obeying traffic rules while properly wearing brightly colored reflective clothing between sunset and sunrise and wearing a bicycle helmet approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission or Snell Memorial Foundation at all times.

Required safety equipment for bicycles includes working brakes and reflectors.