Ella-Marie, 10, one of the youngest qualified scuba divers in the world

Posted: 05/31/2012 in all marine news

Zoe Forsey –

A ten-year-old girl from Watford is one of the youngest people in the world to become a qualified scuba diver.

Ella-Maria Lopez, who is a Year 5 pupil at Knutsford School, first discovered her passion for the hobby when she tried a pool dive while on a family holiday in Ibiza.

She then went on another trial dive in an enclosed lagoon and immediately realised her passion.

Ella-Maria, of Radlett Road, said: “It is fun to do and it is a really great experience to see lots of fish and coral.

Sometimes you just find yourself stopping and looking at the fish – it is breathtaking.

“I never get scared when I am diving. My friends think it is really cool that I am doing it.

They keep asking me what I see.”

In order to get her PADI diving qualification Ella-Maria had to complete a series of dives including shore and boat dives while on a family holiday in Egypt.

Divers must be over the age of ten to complete the training course, and Ella-Maria started hers on the day of her tenth birthday.

She had to prove to the instructors that she could complete a number of different skills including clearing her mask and removing and replacing all her kit while underwater.

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