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She's fashionable, she's a do-gooder and she's royalty. Now, the Duchess of Cambridge can add one more line to her long resume: advanced scuba diver.
Representatives for Kate Middleton have confirmed that she has passed a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Advanced Open Water Diver qualification, which will allow her to dive to a depth of up to 98 feet (30 meters).
It also means she can now dive with her husband, Prince William, who has had his scuba qualifications for some time and is the president of the British Sub-Aqua Club. According to The Telegraph, William likes to go on deep dives to seek out sharks at the Middleton Caribbean family vacation spot in Mustique.
Qualification for the advanced PADI certification requires divers to complete five dives, including one deep one and an underwater navigation dive. Other dives focus on specialties like photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, night diving and exploring wrecks. Divers may only stay at the 98 feet/30 meter depth for up to 20 minutes on their first dive, and for shorter periods on same-day subsequent dives due to nitrogen buildup in the bloodstream.
A spokesperson for the Duchess told the Telegraph, "Diving is something the Duchess very much enjoys, and the Duke of Cambridge, who is of course president of the BSAC, has said in the past that he is hopeful his children will become interested in the sport."