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
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