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Dubai's 12-year-old youngest PADI MSD-certified diver

Dubai-based 12-year-old Ellie May Craig has become the youngest diver with a PADI Master Scuba Diver – MSD qualification. Ellie earned her qualification exactly on her 12th birthday and thus set an unbreakable record. Young diving students who take on this challenge in the future will only be able to equal her record. All because
Published: January 9, 2023 - 09:00
Updated: July 23, 2023 - 01:41
Dubai’s 12-year-old youngest PADI MSD-certified diver

Dubai-based 12-year-old Ellie May Craig has become the youngest diver with a PADI Master Scuba Diver – MSD qualification.

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Ellie earned her qualification exactly on her 12th birthday and thus set an unbreakable record. Young diving students who take on this challenge in the future will only be able to equal her record. All because you must be at least 12 years old to apply for PADI Master Scuba Diver certification.

To obtain her MSD certification, the teenager performed a series of required dives off the coast of Fujairah. Among them was a simulated emergency situation at a depth of 21 meters. The girl had to find the missing diver, and later also perform CPR on shore.

It was a little more difficult than I expected. Everything was more physically demanding than mentally, nevertheless I had a lot of fun underwater. Both the tasks in the pool and in the sea proved to be quite difficult. It took me 11 hours to complete the whole thing, but I was determined to do it and break the record in the process Ellie said.

Despite being only 12 years old, Ellie is already tying her future to the water and wants to become a marine biologist. Diving and proper practice can certainly make this much easier for her. In addition, more dives will provide a great incentive to explore and learn more about the underwater world.

The previous record holder was London-based Toby Monteiro-Hourigan. The teenager earned his PADI MSD certification in December 2020., a day after turning 12.


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My love for scuba diving started as a 12-year-old in the Canary Islands, at which time I took my first Open Water Diver course. This love for the blue turned into a huge passion that accompanies me to this day. Although blue is hard to come by in the Baltic, no conditions are terrible for me. In this sport, I find peace, patience, courage, focus, and balance. I have recently started to engage in underwater modeling and I am fulfilled with this.
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