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Meet world’s youngest scuba diver

india Updated: Feb 26, 2010 12:12 IST

Mumbai’s Parth Sanghvi has become the youngest scuba open water diver when he plunged 40 feet underwater near Grande Island in Goa, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) said on Thursday.

The 10-year-old, who achieved the feat earlier this week, was awarded PADI junior open water scuba divers certificate on February 23, a day after his birthday.

Parth broke the record of Egypt’s Natasha Turner, who had become the youngest diver at the age of 10 years and three days. “Parth got the certificate at the age of 10 years and one day, which is two days shorter than Turner,” PADI instructor Anindya Mukherjee said.

Accompanied by his father, Mehul, also a certified diver, Parth, a fourth standard student of CNM School at suburban Ville Parle in Mumbai, jumped off the Grande Island, near Vasco Port town. Parth was trained at the Goa Aquatic dive resort at Candolim, near Panaji.

“The minimum age of scuba diving is 10 years, so he took up the bubble maker course where he was tought about the basics of scuba diving,” Parth’s father said.

“It was really amazing world down the water. I saw a lot of fishes and ship wreck too,” Parth said. His coach, Mukherjee, said that the boy came back with two shells, although it is prohibited to disturb anything underwater. “He said he wanted to show them to his younger brother, so we allowed,” the coach added.