Women divers outdo men, study claims

Date: 1/12/2007

Women drivers have endured jokes about map reading and reversing from men who pride themselves on their superior spatial awareness. However women divers are more aware of their surroundings according to a two-year study of scuba divers. ‘Women have better orientation,’ said Mandy Shackleton, a marine scientist, at Hull University’s marine sciences centre. Women are also found to be calmer, less aggressive and more safety conscious in the water than their ‘gung-ho, sensation-seeking’male counterparts. ‘More women are taking up the sport and now make up about 40% of all scuba divers,’ she said

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