Isabella has loved the water from an early age, accompanying her mother and family friends on vacations to Lake Langano, Djibouti, Zanzibar, and the Seychelles.

 

Only a few months old when she first entered the ocean, she was swimming by the age of 2 and within a couple of years began snorkeling.

 

With her love of water, scuba diving was the next step.

 

Scuba diving is an exciting and beautiful activity that exposes people to the beauties of the underwater world. In order to scuba dive you have to first go through a rigorous certification process to teach safety procedures, requiring a written exam and supervised dives starting in a pool and then moving to the open water.

 

The minimum age for certification is 10 years of age and the previous world record holder was 10 years and 2 days when he received it. Isabella completed her scuba training in Djibouti and received her official certification the day she turned 10.

 

In her own words, “I love diving because it feels like a completely different world. It’s like being in Finding Nemo. The only scary thing was the lionfish because I know they’re very poisonous.”