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Onehouse: Scuba-diving twins, 13, set to swim with sharks

13:00 21 September 2013

Scuba diving twins, Jenna (right) and Jessica Collins have gained their Junior Advanced Open Water Divers qualification in Egypt.

Scuba diving twins, Jenna (right) and Jessica Collins have gained their Junior Advanced Open Water Divers qualification in Egypt.

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To pass a scuba diving qualification in Egypt is just not enough for identical 13-year-old twins, Jenna and Jessica Collins, who are now set to swim with sharks.

The pair, from Ash Road, Onehouse, near Stowmarket, have just returned from their diving expedition in Egypt’s Red Sea.

While there they swam to depths of up to 21 metres (about 69 feet) but now the girls want to go back – this time to go face-to-face with one of the ocean’s biggest predators.

Jenna said: “It was very different in Egypt to when we did our training in Heathrow. We were expecting the worst because of what our training was like but when we got into the water it was a lot warmer and we could see into the distance – it was really fun.

“I’m looking forward to it, I really want to see a shark in Egypt. It will be a lot more comforting to have my sister with me when we do it.”

Before even going out to Africa, the Stowmarket High School students had to pass an open water qualification where they reached depths of 18m (about 59ft).

Mother Lisa, 48, said: “There’s been quite a lot of studying involved for the girls – it’s not just about getting in the water and seeing if you can do it.”

The girls plan to return to the city of Hurghada, besides the Red Sea next year, where they will swim in waters occupied by different sharks including the Great White, Hammerhead and Reef.

2 comments

  • Sorry to disappoint the twins but as somebody who has dived the Hurghada area for over ten years they will not see any of the sharks this article suggests they will.....Blacktip or Oceanic white tips maybe (but not likely) but Great Whites and Hammerheads not in a million years...If they want sharks then they will need to go to the brothers islands and even then its a bit hit and miss.....Great Whites - South Africa or Australia and Hammerheads well good luck with that one coz in over 15 years of diving including Maldives, Thailand, Indonesia and Turks and Caicos (all Hammerhead "hotspots" ive not seen one yet !! Not really much of a story this but I wish them well

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    bluearmy78

    Saturday, September 21, 2013

  • Wow. This article must have been written by a non diver. Its no big deal getting your diving ticket.

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    cloggy XI

    Sunday, September 22, 2013

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