Guam resident receives 20 millionth PADI diver certification

Posted: 09/16/2011 in all marine news

Guampdn – 

The 20 millionth Professional Association of Diving Instructors’ diver certification was issued to a Guam diver.

Alexandra Swanson, 22, found out she received the 20 millionth PADI diver certification this morning at Micronesian Divers Association in Piti. She was certified on Sept. 4.

“This is the first time I’ve ever won anything in my entire life,” she said minutes after finding out she won a week-long trip for two to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The prize includes round-trip coach airfare to Cairns, four nights in a hotel resort and three days/three nights aboard the dive vessel the Spirit of Freedom, according to information on PADI’s website.

The PADI organization’s 20 Millionth Diver Certification contest was worldwide.

According to PADI’s website, PADI has issued millions of scuba certifications worldwide, and there are more than 6,000 PADI dive shops and resorts worldwide.

“It’s like winning the lottery,” MDA President Lee Webber said. “We’re going to get worldwide publicity for Guam.”

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