A Biggin Hill teenager has been selected from divers in almost 200 countries to become a brand ambassador for the world’s largest dive training organisation.

Newstead Wood School pupil Charlotte Burns, 13, has been chosen to represent the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Charlotte, who became PADI’s youngest junior master scuba diver at 12 years old, will be officially unveiled as an ambassador at the organisation’s Women’s Dive Day event on Saturday (July 18) at Andark Diving and Watersports in Southampton.

Women’s Dive Day aims to get more women in the water and involved in scuba diving, which Charlotte did recently with mum Louise.

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Charlotte Burns

The teenager, whose brother Will, 28, inspired her to take up the sport, told News Shopper: “We just love diving together and being able to see things as a family.

“It’s an amazing sport with the chance to see so much wildlife and sealife.

“If a 13-year-old girl from England can do it, whose first dry suit dive was in a lake where she could barely see her hand in front of her face, anyone can.”

PADI is also sponsoring the youngster to become the first child to dive between the two tectonic plates separating the North American and Eurasian continents in September.

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Charlotte Burns ready to dive (Photo: Terry Scott)

Coventry University is filming a documentary about the dive at Iceland’s Silfra fissure, which she will complete with British explorer Monty Halls.

As part of PADI’s AmbassaDiver programme, Charlotte will help promote scuba diving and share her love for the underwater world with others.

Carl Yates, PADI course director and Andark Diving’s training manager, said: “Charlotte is often down at Andark Diving on a Saturday afternoon, assisting with our children's diving program.

“Her presence as a peer group role model has had a tremendous effect on the children taking part.”

To find out more about Charlotte’s diving experiences visit her Facebook page here.