by Diver Randy
When is my child old enough to dive? This is a question I get asked often as a Scuba Instructor. I want to change this to “When should my child dive?” Before we answer this question let us look at what is needed to dive safely and responsibly. Remember the goal of scuba training is to make divers, who can dive independently. Let me say that I have trained children as young as ten years old who have become great divers, but we always took the following five aspects into consideration:
2. MENTAL ACUMEN
Does your child have the discipline to follow a dive plan, more importantly make a safe and reasonable dive plan? I recently had to replace a regulator before a dive because a child dragged it across the floor. Worse is that neither the child or parent were aware the regulator had rocks and dirt in the second stage. If you plan to buy gear for your child, will they take care of it?
5. EQUIPMENT SIZING
If your child is very small, finding gear that fit may be a challenge and take away from the enjoyment of the experience. At Abyss Scuba we carry a variety of sizes and colors though to fit the most discerning little divers. Give us a call and let's talk!
After certification, 10 to 11-year-old children are restricted to diving with a parent, guardian or diving professional to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet; 12 to 14-year-olds must dive with an adult certified diver. Will you be happy limiting your dives? Remember if you disregard the rules so will your children.