10-year-old Debopriya Saha is the world’s youngest advanced junior open water diver

The minimum age for scuba diving certification is 10 and that’s how it all started for Debopriya who waited until she was 10 to dive and get her certificate.

By Sri Lakshmi Muttevi Published on July 3, 2022 08:59 GMT


Underwater birthday: 10 years old Debopriya Saha is the youngest junior advanced open water diver in the world

Visakhapatnam: Debopriya Saha celebrated her 10th birthday by taking her first scuba dive and becoming the world’s youngest advanced junior open water diver. She dived 35ft into the Bay of Bengal at Rushikonda Beach in Visakhapatnam. Born in Visakhapatnam, Debopriya now lives in Kolkata. To commemorate her childhood bond with Visakhapatnam, she wanted to do her first dive in Vizag.

During an interaction with NewsMeter, Debopriya shared her underwater experiences. “My dad is a former Indian Navy diver. I saw him diving in different places like Maldives, Thailand and Andaman. After he came back, my dad used to tell us stories and show us underwater videos. inspired me a lot,” said the 10-year-old boy. Debopriya aspires to become a marine biologist. “For that, diving is essential,” she adds.

The minimum age for scuba diving certification is 10 years old and that’s how it all started for Debopriya who waited until her 10th birthday to dive and get her certificate. Debopriya was first trained to float in the 200 meter pool which is mandatory for any diver. Her father helped her train in the pool for a few months.

“I was waiting for this day. I saw so many colorful fish like puffer fish, coral fish and angelfish. It was a new experience and I loved it,” says Debopriya. “My next dive will probably be in the blue waters of Andaman. I will continue to dive every season, traveling the world and meeting new people,” she adds.

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