A daredevil pensioner proved age is no barrier when she took part in the UK’s biggest ever women only ‘try-dive’.
Pauline Albrecht, aged 72, from Dronfield, was the oldest of 54 women and girls who tackled their first ever scuba dive or snorkel at the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) event on Saturday.
The try-dive was organised as part of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, aimed at getting more women and girls enjoying sport.
Retired physiotherapist’s assistant, Pauline, said scuba diving was on her bucket list, having already tried a 3,000ft parachute jump, abseiling and climbing, since retirement.
Pauline said: “I came as my daughter, Caroline, is the chair of East Midlands Sub Aqua Club and was involved in organising the event.
“My partner of 12 years, Arnold, used to be a diver but had to give up for medical reasons. Diving has always been on my bucket list, I’ve done snorkelling on holiday but never dived so I thought why not.
“I really enjoyed it, although I was apprehensive. The coaches gave very clear and simple instruction and filled me with confidence.
“The whole event was so well organised and the fact it was women only made it far more relaxing. There was no need to be body conscious or competitive.”.
“I’ve done an abseil and 3,000ft parachute jump, not a tandem one a solo one, and tackled a climbing wall. Those events were to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
“The This Girl Can diving event wasn’t for charity, although they were collecting for the RNLI so I made a good donation to that.”
Pauline’s daughter, Caroline Albrecht, who has been diving for more than 20 years, said her mum is happy to give most things a go.
“She’s done all sorts of things like abseiling down a hospital. She’s really game for a laugh and I knew she’d enjoy giving diving a try,” she added.
“She’s had the time of her life and hopefully I can convince her to take up some dive training now.
“I’m really pleased we could host this event on behalf of the region and I’m thrilled at how many women have turned up to give it a go and give diving a try.”
Fellow event organiser Linda Ritson said: “Many women taking part have praised us for doing so.”