Waterbaby Kai Slatter has become the UK’s youngest open water diver after passing his exam aged just ten years and two days.
Kai, of Maple Avenue, Pontefract, completed his underwater diving training as soon as he turned ten on July 28, passing on July 30. He had been studying for the exam for a couple of months before his birthday.
His mum Emma, 36, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement. He doesn’t realise, being just ten, what an achievement it is, he’s taken it all in his stride.”
Kai became interested in learning to dive as his dad Jonathan, 44, has been a keen diver for the last five years.
Emma added: “Kai’s wanted to have a go but had to wait until he was ten do to the training. Normally children start diving at about 14.”
Kai passed his written test with 46 out of 50 correct answers and completed his scuba dive training at Above and Below dive centre at Womersley. As soon as Kai had passed his exams, he had the chance to put his new skills into practice with his dad during a holiday to Egypt.
Emma said: “Jonathan is over the moon he doesn’t have to have strangers as diving buddies, and he can now go diving with his son.”