Delhi woman is India’s first master scuba diving trainer

Posted: 07/11/2012 in all marine news

Sandeep Unnithan –

A 38-year old homemaker has become the first Indian woman to qualify as a Master Scuba Diving Trainer (MSDT).

Archana Sardana, based in New Delhi, qualified for the MSDT in Phuket, Thailand last week.

She is also India’s only woman base jumper – an extremely hazardous sport of jumping from fixed objects like buildings, antennae, bridges and cliffs.

“I plan to train kids to be fearless in land, sea and air,” she said. The MSDT, certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors is one of the most grueling scuba diving courses and comes after courses in deep diving, enriched air diving, emergency oxygen provider and wreck diving.

An adrenaline junkie, she is also a qualified sky jumper and mountaineer and has already logged over 150 dives.

She unfurled the Indian flag at a depth of 18 metres off Neil Island, Port Blair in March last year.

The wife of a serving commander in the Indian navy, she has two children Pranav 11 and Ayush, 9, studying at Shimla’s Bishop Cotton School.

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