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Onehouse: Scuba-diving twins, 13, set to swim with sharks

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 September 2013

Scuba diving twins, Jenna (right) and Jessica Collins have gained their Junior Advanced Open Water Divers qualification in Egypt.

Scuba diving twins, Jenna (right) and Jessica Collins have gained their Junior Advanced Open Water Divers qualification in Egypt.

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To pass a scuba diving qualification in Egypt is just not enough for identical 13-year-old twins, Jenna and Jessica Collins, who are now set to swim with sharks.

The pair, from Ash Road, Onehouse, near Stowmarket, have just returned from their diving expedition in Egypt’s Red Sea.

While there they swam to depths of up to 21 metres (about 69 feet) but now the girls want to go back – this time to go face-to-face with one of the ocean’s biggest predators.

Jenna said: “It was very different in Egypt to when we did our training in Heathrow. We were expecting the worst because of what our training was like but when we got into the water it was a lot warmer and we could see into the distance – it was really fun.

“I’m looking forward to it, I really want to see a shark in Egypt. It will be a lot more comforting to have my sister with me when we do it.”

Before even going out to Africa, the Stowmarket High School students had to pass an open water qualification where they reached depths of 18m (about 59ft).

Mother Lisa, 48, said: “There’s been quite a lot of studying involved for the girls – it’s not just about getting in the water and seeing if you can do it.”

The girls plan to return to the city of Hurghada, besides the Red Sea next year, where they will swim in waters occupied by different sharks including the Great White, Hammerhead and Reef.

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