Kate Middleton never ceases to amaze with her abilities, and now the Duchess of Cambridge has surprised many with a new ability — scuba diving. And according to The Telegraph, Prince William’s wife has achieved a scuba certification and now qualifies as an advanced diver.
It is a well-known fact that Kate loves water sports and it showed a week ago when she went with her husband to the America’s Cup World Series, a racing circuit featuring the best sailors in the world. However, this other hobby goes much deeper and is more extreme. The Daily Mail reports that Duchess Kate has passed the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) advanced tests, which means she is now able to scuba dive with her husband, who is also an experienced diver.
“Diving is something the duchess very much enjoys, and the Duke of Cambridge, who is of course president of the BSAC [British Sub-Aqua Club], has said in the past that he is hopeful his children will become interested in the sport,” said a Kensington Palace spokesperson.
The certification obtained by Kate allows her to dive up to 98-feet deep at sea and it is the most advanced qualification taken by most recreational divers, Parade reports. Now, the mother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte will join her husband, who is president of the British Sub-Aqua Club, a very exclusive diving club. In fact, the couple enjoys the sport so much that they expect little George will follow in their footsteps and join the adventure.
Last year, Prince William spoke of his love of swimming underwater.
“I have been fortunate enough to have dived in some stunning locations around the world,” Prince William said. “Scuba diving really has opened my eyes not only to many extraordinary sights, but also to the responsibilities that we have as guardians of the underwater world. I hope that one day my son, George, will also experience the wonders that snorkeling and scuba diving have to offer.”
BBC reports that Kate gained the qualification from a diving school on the Caribbean island of Mustique. Reportedly, the strenuous course involved the completion of a deep adventure dive in order to handle the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving.
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