Jevon takes plunge and is Junior Master at just 14
Jevon Leighton, a pupil at Berwick Academy, has qualified as one of the youngest Junior Master Scuba Divers in the world at the age of 14.
This is the highest non-professional diving qualification that can be achieved.
Jevon started to dive at the age of eight, and for two years did the PADI Bubblemaker course. Then, when on holiday at the age of 10, he was invited to complete his Open Water Certificate.
At 12 he became one of the youngest Advanced Open Water divers in the world.
Between these courses, and for two years after, he has dived on holiday and in the North Sea with Eyemouth-based Aquastars, building up his experience, and achieved an Adventure Diver qualification and a National Geographic Diver Status.
This summer while on holiday, he spent a week sitting exams and diving scenarios to qualify as a Rescue Diver, which incorporates an Emergency First Responder Qualification.
Jevon then needed to complete five specialist courses, one of which he already held (Shark Awareness), achieved at the Deep Sea World in North Queensferry.
Jevon completed a further two of the required specialist courses on holiday – Deep Propulsion Vehicle and Wreck Diving – with the Cydive team in Cyprus.
Recently, he has completed the last two of the required qualifications at St Abbs with Aquastars, Drift Diving and Navigation, thus allowing him to apply for Junior Master Diver Status.
Jevon is now looking forward to more diving with the many friends he has made over the years and being able to dive deeper than the 21m he is currently restricted to when he is 15.
Jevon would like to thank Pete Clements and Steve Booth, plus everyone else at Aquastars, also all the staff at Cydive in Paphos, for all their help and guidance over the years. His thanks also go to Billy Kerr who started his journey four years ago.