In our case study, according to proud mum Gill, “Kody has always been a bit of a water baby, and he loved swimming. One day, aged eight years old, we were in the local chip shop and he saw a small advert from our local scuba diving club promoting trydives and said he’d like to give it a go.
“I contacted Darren Ellis at PADI five-star IDC centre Scuba School and arranged a Bubblemaker session. He said Kody was a natural, our boy loved it, and he has just gone from strength to strength ever since – SEAL team soon followed, and then his PADI Junior Open Water Diver.”
Gill continued: “He is now 13, owns all of his own kit, and is a PADI Advanced Junior Open Water Diver with three Specialties – Drysuit Diver, DSMB Deployment, and Project AWARE – and he is doing his fourth, Shark Awareness, in April. He wants to do his Night Diver Specialty and his PADI Rescue Diver course, and is aiming to be a Master Scuba Diver.
“He has dived in the sea in Northumbria, Devon and Dorset, and has also dived in Capernwray and Stoney Cove. He wants to be a marine biologist, but he loves scuba diving as a hobby as well.”
Gill added: “No one in our family dives, so it is difficult at times to get him a buddy, and I am having to work 20 hours a week overtime to fund it all, but it is so worth it.”
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