PADI has named a Redruth resident as one of its newest AmbassaDivers for 2024.

Kayleigh Slowey has been selected for her commendable commitment to ocean conservation and her ability to inspire others.

PADI, a global diving organisation boasting over 30 million certified divers, announced the selection earlier this week.

Launched in 2015, the scheme highlights the personal stories of exceptional divers who shed light on environmental and social issues while encouraging the exploration and protection of the ocean.

As an active member of the Cornish community, 25-year-old Ms Slowey, who was raised in Devon and Cornwall, has spent much of her life by the sea, developing a fondness for marine life and a conservation ethos early on.

She has both marine and natural history photography degrees and a master’s degree in marine ecology.

These qualifications have opened up numerous global opportunities for her.

Falmouth Packet: Kayleigh Slowey has been selected for her commitment to ocean conservation and ability to inspire

Her current portfolio includes running engaging shark workshops for home-schooled children in the local area, educating them about UK marine species, the threats they face and their role within the ecosystem.

Ms Slowey has delivered these workshops at reputable institutions such as the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the Cornish Sea School.

What’s more, she has also participated in underwater filming projects for Cornish Wildlife Trust and is set to assist Surfers Against Sewage with their filming later this year.

Demonstrating the perfect blend of art and science, she said: "I found I could have the perfect balance between art and science and that they actually worked in harmony together."

Ms Slowey also emphasised on her multiple responsibilities in aiding ocean conservation through digital creation, acknowledging the reciprocal relationship we share with the oceans.

Upon learning about her new designation as a PADI AmbassaDiver, Ms Slowey said: "I’m passionate about showcasing the wonders of the underwater world and helping to inspire future generations to connect with our ocean and preserve it."