Duchess Catherine may be one of the most athletic royals around playing tennis, hockey & going sailing and skiing.
Always wanting to learn more, Duchess Catherine already has another sport to her impressive repertoire – scuba diving.
The 40-year-old has passed an advanced scuba diving course in 2015 and is a skilled diver, Prince William and Kensington Palace have confirmed. Having successfully completed the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, Kate is capable to dive up to a depth of 98 feet, The Telegraph reports.
This is the most advanced qualification taken by most recreational divers. It also means she will be able to join her husband William, a professional diver, on more adventurous underwater trips.
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The Duke of Cambridge and Kate’s family, the Middletons, used to regularly holiday in Mustique, where William has gone on deep dives to look for sharks. It is learnt that Kate earned the qualification from a diving school on the private Caribbean island.
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Catherine’s determination to complete the diving course may have been influenced by her husband, who is a keen diver and in 2015 took over his father Prince Charles to become the president of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).
“Diving is something the Duchess very much enjoys, and the Duke of Cambridge, who is of course President of the BSAC, has said in the past that he is hopeful his children will become interested in the sport,” a spokesperson told The Royal UK.
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The Duchess had to complete five dives, including a deep dive and an underwater navigation dive, to pass the course. She learnt how to cope with the physiological effects of deeper scuba diving, as well as how to handle equipment including a compass and a dive knife, which would be used in emergencies such as becoming entangled in fishing nets.
”I hope that one day my children will also experience the wonders that snorkelling and scuba diving has to offer.” Prince William said “At the moment bath time is quite painful,” he joked. “But hopefully donning a snorkel and mask might calm them down.”
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