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This month RSDC sees Ingrid Rushfeldt Krüger begin her PADI professional life as part of the exciting European Rolex Scholarship. We wanted to know more about what this was and what an amazing opportunity this is and here is what Ingrid had to say…

“Almost a year ago I was lucky enough to be awarded an amazing Scholarship, namely the 2010 European Rolex Scholarship. It is administered by an organization called Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society (OW-USS), and each year they give three young students the opportunity to travel around the world and dive while pursuing different career opportunities. Through the organization’s vast network you get a chance to work with experts within their fields to maximize your learning and to get valuable hands-on experience – whatever your interests might be. I have spent from April 2010 learning how to do UW video, UW photography, learning about diving medicine, working with maritime archaeologists, learning about marine conservation and developing my dive skills, while diving some of the most beautiful places in the world. Now I find myself at the Red Sea Diving College (RSDC) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

I have just started my PADI Divemaster course, and hope to complete the PADI Instructor course as well before my departure. This is a major step for me, and something I have been dreaming of for a long time. To be privileged enough to do these courses with RSDC is without doubt, nothing but a big plus. Through their professionalism and accomplishments as a diving and educational centre they set the standards for others – and I feel lucky to do my training with them. Not to mention the Red Sea is considered one of the best places in the world to dive!”

Just before publication Ingrid’s sponsors requested that she leave the country owing to the political unrest. Although the unrest is not present in Sharm we fully understand Rolex not wishing to take any risks with their scholar. This chapter is not closed, Ingrid has told us that she will be returning to Sharm to continue her professional level courses as soon as the situation has clamed down. We will keep you updated.

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