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A 12-year-old became the youngest PADI MSD in the world

Listen to this article The day after his twelfth birthday, Toby Monteiro-Hourigan from London, completed his PADI junior Master Scuba Diver training and thus became the world’s youngest holder of this qualification. At least for a while… For the teenager, the underwater adventure began at the age of 8, when he was introduced to the
Published: December 30, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 21:47
A 12-year-old became the youngest PADI MSD in the world
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The day after his twelfth birthday, Toby Monteiro-Hourigan from London, completed his PADI junior Master Scuba Diver training and thus became the world’s youngest holder of this qualification. At least for a while…

For the teenager, the underwater adventure began at the age of 8, when he was introduced to the world of diving during the PADI Bubblemaker training. Then, at the age of 10 years and 5 days he completed the Junior Open Water Diver course, but it did not allow him to become the youngest holder of these qualifications. That’s why he didn’t want to leave anything to chance when he set his plan for the next two years.

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PADI junior Master Scuba Diver The boy cannot be denied determination and a flair for diving, which combined with learning under the guidance of the right people, will certainly bring positive results. As you can see, once again the folk wisdom is reflected in reality and “what a shell soaks in its youth…”.

Toby did his first PADI specialist course at Dubai Mall Aquarium, where he was able to identify the different species of sharks that live there. ‘It was a great experience for him and he is very happy to have had the opportunity to dive with manta rays, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks in the Maldives and also swim with whale sharks,’ said Mark Murphy of Octopus Diving, where Toby trained

Alongside this, the boy also passed specialist courses such as Peak Performance Buoyancy, Navigation, Digital Photography and Boat Diver, for which he prepared at the Oyser Diver centre in London. As a result, in December, with Toby turning 12, he was ready to become an MSD, which happened while on holiday at Fuvahmulah Atoll in the Maldives.

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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