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Kids Scuba Diving

As your holiday in the Maldives nears, you may start worrying that there won’t be enough to do to keep the kids occupied but if you introduce them to scuba diving, they’ll be active, learn something new and get to see some really cool stuff!

Kids as young as 8 can experience diving with the PADI Bubblemaker experience. They’ll be in safe hands in just 2 metres of water but they’ll be mesmerised by the feeling of weightlessness enabling them to do impressive underwater acrobatics and of course, blowing bubbles is always a hit with kids!

From the age of 10, PADI includes kids in most of their scuba diving courses. The PADI Junior Open Water Diver course is the first step on the diving adventure and it’s where the young divers learn the necessary skills to enable them to explore the beautiful reefs to a maximum depth of 12 meters. Once they have this certification, they can complete some adventure dives from the Junior Advanced Open Water Diver course. Diving at this age requires a certified parent, guardian or PADI dive professional to be the young diver’s buddy.

Kids Learning To Dive And Diving Skills With Their Instructor On The Sandy Bottom In The Maldives

Kids Learning To Dive

Kids aged 12 to 14 years can also complete the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course but, upon completion, will be qualified to dive to 18 metres. The Junior Advanced Open Water Diver course comes next certifying them to dive to a maximum depth of 21 metres. The young diver must have a certified adult as their buddy, but it no longer needs to be a parent. Kids who can’t get enough of the underwater world and want to learn more can also complete PADI Rescue Diver course at this age.

At the age of 15, just drop the ‘junior’ – these older teens get certified to the same depths as adults and the qualifications they may have earned as ‘juniors’ automatically become the fully-fledged versions! The only thing they cannot do is enrol on any professional level courses – they need to wait until they’re 18 for these!

Aside from keeping the kids occupied and happy on holiday, there are many other benefits of introducing them to the world of diving. Diving is a hobby the whole family can enjoy together, all over the globe, it brings a connection even when your worlds seem to be diverging. The theory that kids will learn brings together many abstract concepts they may have learned but not fully understood in school science lessons – diving brings them to life and suddenly it all makes sense! Kids will learn to take responsibility for their own safety and that of others, valuable transferrable skills for many situations in life. With the plight of the environment and specifically the oceans, being at the forefront to the media and entwined in educational curriculums, diving amidst fragile ecosystems such as coral reefs, will make kids want to do all they can to protect them, today’s young divers are tomorrow’s ocean ambassadors.

Contact us for more information on kids diving activities, or to ask about completing the theory for a PADI course at home before you arrive!