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70-year-old Derby man becomes UK's oldest qualified scuba diver

A man from Derby proved you are never too old to take the plunge after becoming the UK's oldest qualified scuba diver.

Grandad Rodney Fawell, his son-in-law Rob Smith and his grandson, Dan Smith of the East Midlands branch of BSAC are pictured. Credit: Ceidiog

Rodney Fawell was awarded a scuba diving qualification after training with the East Midlands branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC).

The 70-year-old from Kilburn was inspired by his 16-year-old grandson Daniel Smith's passion for the sport. Daniel wanted a dive partner so Rodney stepped in.

Grandad Rodney Fawell, his son-in-law Rob Smith and his grandson, Dan Smith of the East Midlands branch of BSAC are pictured Credit: Ceidiog

Retired from running his own business in selling mining equipment, Rodney said he tried scuba diving many years ago but thought he may be too old to learn now. Club members encouraged him to take up the water sport and he said he now loves diving.

His son-in-law, Daniel's dad, is also taking lessons. Daniel said diving altogether would be fantastic.