Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Come Dive with Me

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Come Dive with Me

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Byline: LEAH WHITE leah.white@northernstar.com.au

GABRIELLE Nieuwenhof may have been taking tips on how to drive from her father when she was 16 years old, but underwater it was the other way around.

Her dad Andrew Nieuwenhof has held off getting his advance diving certificate so he could be his daughter's first advanced student.

The Lennox Head father-daughter scuba dive team have been regulars at Byron Bay's Julian Rocks ever since a dive off the Great Barrier Reef six years ago.

Ms Nieuwenhof said she fell in love with diving when she was 13 years old.

"The first dive I got addicted so I knew I wanted to keep diving," she said.

"It's a whole different world down there.

"Once you dive off the boat and you're under the water you're just in a different place.

"I love the animals, the creatures, the respect that we all have for each other."

Now 19, Ms Nieuwenhof has achieved her open water dive certificate, advance dive certificate and completed her rescue and dive master course. …

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