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Rafidah earns scuba diving certificate at age 73

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 May 2017

PETALING JAYA: Former International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz is now a "very happy" certified scuba diver.

"Today is a special day in my life because I was finally presented with my National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) scuba diver certificate," said Rafidah, 73, in a Facebook post on Saturday.

The AirAsia X Bhd chairman proudly showed off her certificate on her Facebook page, saying that she was surprised by her instructor who organised a presentation ceremony without her knowledge.

She also thanked the instructor, Zainal, and his wife Salma for "making it all possible".

"My instructor is very meticulous and very professional, and I was able to dive with a high level of confidence under his tutelage," she said.

Rafidah said she also excelled in her diving theory test, scoring 92% and getting only six questions, out of a total of 85 questions, wrong.

"I am looking forward to future dives in our Malaysian waters soon.

"I am truly one very happy 73 1/2-year-old diver," said Rafidah.

Rafidah had previously wrote about her diving experience on Facebook, expressing her joy at having realised her dream.

She did her first open water dive on Feb 7 at Koh Adang, Thailand, going down to 4.5m for a dive time of 30 minutes.

Rafidah visited a number other dive sites in Thailand, such as, Koh Lipe, Koh Rok Nok and Similan Islands.

"I saw beautiful corals and other formations, and so many types of fish. It was simply fantastic!

"What wonderful sights to see in the undersea world, the creations of the Almighty," she said on her Facebook page in March.