Meet young Whitsunday diver

WELL ON HER WAY: PADI Asia Pacific Queensland regional manager Hans Ullrich with Whitsunday teenager Teggun Orth who is one of the youngest PADI junior open water divers in Queensland.
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WELL ON HER WAY: PADI Asia Pacific Queensland regional manager Hans Ullrich with Whitsunday teenager Teggun Orth who is one of the youngest PADI junior open water divers in Queensland. Photo Contributed

AT JUST 12-years-old Teggun Orth is one of the youngest PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) junior open water divers in Queensland and has more than 20 dives under her belt.

The Whitsunday girl took her first dive course at age 10 as part of the bubble maker program with PADI before joining the seal team at age 11.

On her 12th birthday Teggun was given the chance to become a certified diver, an opportunity she jumped at.

"I love the people I meet and the different things I get to see," she said.

Teggun is currently doing work experience with Mantaray Charters and Whitsunday Dive Adventures in exchange for dives and has set her sights on becoming the youngest dive course director.

"I'd love to become a skipper on a boat too," she said.

"I'd like to travel as a diver, but I'd also love to stay and keep diving here in the Whitsundays."

Teggun is joined by fellow teen Ben Samels, 15 who is doing his advanced open water course with the charter company.

Business owners Katrina and Mike Daley said it is important for people to take up diving not only from a sport or recreational point of view, but as a career opportunity.

"The more we can promote our marine industries as a career option, the better it will be for the region," Mr Daley said.

"For someone like Teggun, doing volunteer work introduces her to the marine industry and gives her more opportunities relative to the marine and hospitality industry."

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