Sal Painter, from Below the Surface Dive Centre, was keen to share her experience of inspirational young divers.

She said: “We met Rose Melvin in January 2017, desperate to dive the Great Barrier Reef but too young to do a course in Australia. Rosie amazed us from day one, with great skills in the cold in a drysuit.

“She returned to take Adventures in Diving with the same confidence, adding her deep dive on her 12th birthday to gain her Junior Advanced Open Water.

“In January, she became our youngest Rescue Diver and now works towards Junior Master Scuba Diver.

“Rose is a popular, funny, accomplished diver with a love and understanding of the ocean that exceeds her years – she deserves this recognition within the pages of Scuba Diver.”

Rose Melvin

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