Tom earns prestigious title of Master Scuba Diver
Stamford School student, Thomas Smith, Year 12, has earned the respected title of ‘Master Scuba Diver’ from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), following over 60 dives in locations across the world. Tom is among fewer than 2% of divers holding this qualification worldwide, and one of the youngest to achieve the accolade in the UK, at age 16 years.
Tom has qualified in specialties including Rescue Diving, Advanced Open Water Diving, Wreck Diving, Drift Diving, Night Diving, Deep Diving and Drysuit Diving. To achieve his qualification, he has completed many cold-water inland dives in the UK, as well as travelling to the Maldives, Malaysia, Jordan, Oman, the Galapagos, Gozo, St Lucia and the Azores.
Tom started diving when he was 12, having tried a short session of ‘Snuba’, a form of diving using an air tank which floats on the surface of the water. He has since been determined to gain his Master Diver qualification, as a pre-requisite to be accepted as a ranger in the Galapagos. Upon achieving the qualification, Tom will now be involved in marine and land conservation activities in the Islands in his gap year, following his A Levels. He is currently studying history, geography and politics.
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