WHAT: The Winston School will celebrate one of their students, Tennessee Cumming who became the world’s youngest PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver after completing the required dives for certification by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) on the island of Taveuni in Fiji on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organization and his new rating as a Junior Master Scuba Diver is recognized as the pinnacle of recreational diving achievement before the age of 15. While there are many other Junior Master Scuba Divers in the world, T completed the certificate younger than the existing youngest diver. T turned 12 years of age on this trip.
T is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, oppositional defiance disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, as well as a processing disorder, which makes this achievement extremely inspiring and provides an opportunity for him “to stand for something” and encourage others to find their own “island of competence” in an activity they are passionate about.
NOTE: This event is on a school campus, and is open to the media to cover, however, it is not open to the public to attend.
WHERE: The Winston School, 215 9th St, Del Mar, CA 92014. In school’s auditorium.
WHERE TO PARK: In front of school in designated parking spots, as well as on the street. Map includes specific information on where media trucks can park.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
BEST TIME TO COVER: 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Media are asked to arrive by 10 a.m. to check in at the office located adjacent to the auditorium.
Schedule of Assembly:
- Assembly begins
- Opening remarks and explanation about what being the world’s youngest PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver means
- Presentation of Tennessee’s diving photos and video
- Presentation of certificate and award
- Conclusion with community announcements
- All-school assembly with approximately 150 students and teachers.
- Large, over-sized congratulatory banners and posters, as well as balloons
- Photos of the dive trip on large screen
- T’s dive gear
- An oversized certificate awarded to T to signify the achievement of World’s Youngest PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver
- Sixth grader Tennessee Cumming, also known as “T,” can speak about the preparation to achieve this Junior Master Scuba Diver status. T and his family are residents of Rancho Santa Fe.
- Allison and David Cumming, T’s parents, can speak about his record-setting achievement and the ways The Winston School has helped T in his academic and extracurricular endeavors.
- Elizabeth “Bethy” Driscoll, Dive Nanny™, can speak about T’s extensive training and journey to become the world’s youngest PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver.
- Mike Peterson, headmaster, The Winston School, can discuss the importance of T’s diving achievement. He can also discuss the college preparatory program offered at the school for students who struggle with autism, Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, and other specific learning disabilities or learning disorders. His school has been supportive of his learning differences as well as his diving.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT / MORE DETAILS:
- His first diving experience began through a Bubblemaker program that took place during a family trip when he was only eight and a half years old in Bora Bora. After completing several dives that day, each time he finished he would say it was “the best day of my life!” According to T’s parents they had never heard him say anything like that before. Other than building Legos and playing with his brother there was nothing else he seemed to enjoy.
- For T, diving isn’t just about collecting and completing certification cards. He is dedicated and passionate to become the best diver he can be and according to his Dive Nanny, Elizabeth “Bethy” Driscoll, he has repeated courses because “they were fun.” T truly enjoys diving and it’s an activity that brings him happiness.
- T is in the sixth grade and attends The Winston School in Del Mar, which offers a college preparatory program for bright, creative students in grades 4 through 12 who struggle with autism, Asperger Syndrome, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD, and other specific learning disabilities or learning disorders.