Yap Welcomes The World’s Newest PADI Jr. Open Water Divers

This was part of our Kids Sea Camp family dive adventure week that we host annually.

Sophie Purdon from Florida by way of the Cayman Islands and Lily McDonald of Toronto, Canada are the newest Junior Open Water divers in the world, having completed their class this afternoon at 1 PM.  Their final two training dives were at Stammtisch, home of the mantas of Yap and Vertigo, one of the world’s best shark dives.  Not bad for training dives.

Lily McDonald, Bill Acker & Soph8e Purdon back at Yap Divers after the final training dive.
Lily McDonald, Bill Acker & Sophie Purdon back at Yap Divers after the final training dive.

The young ladies are in Yap as part of Margo Peyton’s Kids Sea Camp Family Divers program.  Sophie is with her father Fraser Purdon who is also a PADI instructor, among many other things, such as the Caribbean representative for ScubaPro dive gear and Sea Life cameras.  Fraser joined me in teaching the girls and he is the one to certify Sophie while I had the honor of certifying Lily who is in Yap with her parents Rod & Carol McDonald.

Sophie and her Dad Fraser pose at Vertigo during our last training dive.
Sophie and her Dad Fraser pose at Vertigo during our last training dive.  Nice fins Sophie.

This has been a wonderful experience for me personally as I believe strongly that the diving world needs to do more to get young people interested in our sport and for me to have the opportunity to help train two 10 year old girls to SCUBA dive is a huge privilege.   I am very excited to share these young ladies with you.

The newest divers join 3 other friends at Vertigo.  L to R:  Hannah Mclure. Sophie Purdon, Baylee Adair, Audrey Sarin & Lily McDonald.
The newest divers join their friends at Vertigo. L to R: Hannah Mclure. Sophie Purdon, Baylee Adair, Audrey Sarin & Lily McDonald.

Please stop what you are doing and give them a round of applause for a job well done.  Welcome to the underwater world Sophie and Lily.

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Jim Reilly
Jim Reilly
11:27 21 Mar 18
We stayed at the hotel and dove with Manta Ray divers in early December 2017. The hotel is very comfortable, well run and staffed with wonderful employees. During our visit my wife came down with an illness and the consideration and support from the hotel and dive staff could not have been better.read more
Sandy Stinson
Sandy Stinson
16:03 03 Mar 18
The staff couldn't be more friendly and accommodating. Food is good, (worth upgrading to include all meals). Diving is good too.read more
Alex Divinsky
Alex Divinsky
17:24 01 Jan 18
The best place to stay in Yap. The resort is really nice and clean, the scuba diving is great, and the docked ship that houses the bar, restaurant, and movie screen is very cool. I really enjoyed my stay here.read more
ASALI
ASALI
10:44 01 Jan 18
Offers one of the best accommodation service. It also has a uniquely designed restaurant.
Yi-Hsin Lin
Yi-Hsin Lin
00:53 21 Feb 17
The whole place centers around the scuba diving operation. Probably better to find somewhere else if you're not a diver. The dive operation was generally good, but a little too laid back - schedules weren't always clear, and sometimes would change without any notice. Sometimes it was hard to tell if this was really because of changing tides/weather or because of the island pace of life. Pizza is a surprisingly good option at the restaurant.read more
William Myers
William Myers
21:01 21 Jul 18
Great hotel. Have stayed twice.
Emily Caquelin
Emily Caquelin
04:10 02 Aug 18
Manta Ray Bay Resort is a great dive resort with extremely hospitable staff.
Daniel Granzer
Daniel Granzer
11:40 23 Aug 18
We were from 11.08 to 18.08 at the Manta Ray Bay resort and had unforgettable days there 😍In total we made 12 dives with wonderful encounters. Highlights were, of course, the manta rays in the Goofnuw Channel and many white tip reef sharks in the Shark City 🦈 But also we saw eagle rays, turtles 🐢 and buffalo head parrotfish. The hotel is beautiful and the whole team does a great job there. The food on the ship Mnuw, as well as the home-brewed beer are excellent. Thank you again to the whole team of Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers 👏🏼We also did a one-day land tour to explore the many beautiful places of this unique island. The beach is like in paradise🏝, stone money and relics from the second world war very worth to see! You find there also culturally typical houses with different meaning and use! It would be nice if more visitors would come to this great island and appreciate the great work that is done there! Anyway, we really enjoyed it and would come back anytime 🙏🏻✌🏼read more
Jonathan Gapith
Jonathan Gapith
10:31 19 Sep 18
Best dive resort around, amazingly friendly staff and great food on the mnuw
Rene Sten
Rene Sten
04:06 12 Oct 18
Bill and his family run a great dive resort, rooms are spacious and comfortable. Restaurant and bar provide good range of food and drink. Bill and his dive guides know the reef intimately and the diving is spectacular. Bill and his family make for a very friendly and rewarding experience in Yap.read more
Ms. Malinda
Ms. Malinda
13:52 14 Oct 18
Great place to stay while visiting the island. Lots of activities to do with places to see & people to meet.read more
Jan Toman
Jan Toman
22:14 02 Nov 18
Great! GREAT! GREAT! Lovely place, lovely staff, great location for divers!
Deb Roy-Stothart
Deb Roy-Stothart
13:55 06 Dec 18
The highest level of dive service ever experienced! Fabulous dive operation from crew, boats, snacks, hot tea and water, warm towels etc. etc. and of course the Manta Rays!! Thank you for making my 100th dive so memorable. Accommodations 5 star! Food was fabulous! Can't say enough about this beautiful Island and it's people. Loved Yap! Deb & Glenn, London, Ontarioread more
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