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Oyster Diving help one of the world’s youngest MSD’s on his way



Oyster Diving recently had the privilege on helping Toby Monteiro-Hourigan on fulfilling his dream of becoming the one of the world’s youngest Master Scuba Divers.

Toby, from London, UK, took his first step into the world of diving with the PADI bubblemaker program (aged 8) before moving onto become a PADI seal. After completing his PADI Junior Open aged 10 years and 5 days , he discovered that he narrowly missed becoming the youngest Junior Open Water Diver, so the quest for becoming the youngest Junior Master Scuba Diver was formulated!

Toby took his first PADI speciality course at Dubai Mall Aquarium, identifying sharks (sand tiger sharks, reef sharks, leopard sharks, tawny nurse sharks, zebra sharks). He has since been very privileged and lucky to have dived with mantas, tiger sharks, thresher sharks and hammerheads in the Maldives and has swam with Whale Sharks, gaining the unofficial title of “shark boy”! Other specialty courses included: peak performance buoyancy, navigation, digital photography and boat diver.

Toby managed to complete most of the specialty courses in the summer with Oyster Diving, so it meant that on turning 12 in December he could complete the remainder of his required courses while on holiday in the Maldives. Through Pelagic Divers (Fuvahmulah, Maldives) Toby completed his Junior Advanced and Rescue Diver, gaining his Junior Master Scuba certification aged 12 years and 1 day, the absolute minimum age for completion as well as racking up an impressive 80 logged dives.

Toby shares the accolade of being the World’s youngest MSD with just a couple of other youngsters around the world who have achieved their certification the day after their twelfth birthday.

Toby loves and respects the sea and is in absolute awe of the aquatic realm!  He knows that the Oceans’ kryptonite is plastic pollution and intensive fishing practices! He aims to use the power of his learning together with his diving adventures to educate and join the battle to help save the World’s Oceans!

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Marine Life & Conservation

Jeff chats to… Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Jo Cutler, a contestant in the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Jo’s film – An Evolving Story – can be seen here:

Fifth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Stephan Whelan



Next in a new series of podcasts shared by our friends Gemma and Ian aka The BiG Scuba Podcast…

Ian and Gemma chat to Stephan Whelan.  Stephan is the Founder and Publisher of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans and led him to become one of the leading figures in the diving media industry.

Stephan got bitten by the diving bug early in life. His first scuba experience was a try-dive when he was eight years old on a family holiday in Europe, and from that moment, he was addicted. He learned to dive properly with BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) as soon as he could at school and then did his BSAC Assistant Instructor when he turned 16. By the time he was heading to university in 1996, he was hooked on teaching and diving as much as he could.

By the time he started studying at university, he decided to have a go at flexing his web-design skills by publishing some of the stories he had built up about various ‘challenging’ students and dives he had encountered, and so (as it was known then) was created. He published numerous personal stories until 1998 when other writers began enquiring about contributing to the site with their tales, and it was at this moment he decided to make it more like a magazine format and began asking for volunteer helpers. He got a couple of editors on board, and plenty of writers began contributing. (or DB as it’s become to be known) is now one of the most-popular diving websites in the world and has grown to publish over 9,000 articles covering all sorts of topics like Freediving, Scuba Diving, Ocean Advocacy, and Diving Travel all the while keeping over half-a-million passionate divers from the diving community connected every month through the forums, large social media following, mobile app, and recently launched podcast.








Find more podcast episodes and information at and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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