Evan Dykstra, 12, is a Scout with Troop 7227 on St. Croix, USVI. In July Evan joined an elite group of divers by earning his Junior Master Scuba Diver certification. Only 3% of scuba divers attain this level, the highest a recreational diver can earn.
At the age of 8 Evan started diving through PADI’s Bubblemaker course at Sweet Bottom Dive Center, then earned his Open Water certification at age 10. This was followed by his Adventure certification by completing specialty courses in peak performance buoyancy, navigation, boat diver, fish ID and photography. Evan then completed First Aid/CPR/AED training for his Rescue Diver certification. Once Evan turned 12 he was then eligible to complete his Advanced certification and with it his Master Diver accomplishment. The day after this achievement Evan completed his 200th dive and plans on many more adventures.