A POOLE woman has been appointed as a PADI ambassador diver for 2024.

India Black has been chosen as an ambassador for the Professional Association of Driving Instructors in Poole.

The diving organisation selected India for her ‘outstanding dedication to protecting our planet's oceans and her ability to inspire others to become stewards of marine conservation.’

India developed a passion for diving after spending time swimming, snorkelling, and sailing off Brownsea Island.

Now, she is involved in local initiatives such as plastic pickup activities along the shoreline from Studland to Sandbanks and Kimmeridge Bay.

Reflecting on her journey, India shared: “The water has always been a place of healing and growth for me; it’s where I connect back to my breath and take a step away from external troubles.

“Having overcome mental health struggles in my teens, I hold a special place in my heart for people who are navigating their own mental health journeys.”

Speaking on the new role, she added: “Empowering people to step beyond their comfort zone, seek a new world and freedom and leave a positive mark on our world is my goal.”

India also works a part-time job as a well-being mentor and physical therapist, focusing on supporting young people with eating disorders and learning difficulties.