Many of us, lovers of scuba diving, dream of being able to dive with our children and teach them the wonders that the oceans hide. So the question is what age is a reasonable age to tach our children how to scuba dive? In this article, we will try to clarify this issue.
Scuba diving with minors cannot be taken lightly because the physiology and psychology of an adult and a child are different.
What is a good age to start scuba diving?
In most of the US the minimum age for diving is 10 years. There are places that allow children to learn at the age of 8, although experts do not advise it.
Firstly, the minor must be totally autonomous and have a good level of swimming and have obtained medical clearance before diving.
Secondly, they should want to try the diving experience and be accompanied by someone they trusts, such as their parents, to feel calmer and safer. Scuba diving is a very good thing for families to share together. The experience of discovery together are memories that will be charished forever.
On a physiological level, it is important not to put too much pressure on children’s bodies, that is, not to go too deep. The depth will vary according to the age and the country where you dive (the regulations vary a lot from country to country, and even between autonomous communities).
The time of immersion will depend, as in adults, on the water temperature or how fast the air runs out. It is possible for children to use air tanks that are of less capacity and weight. This means that the dives are not too long (about 30 minutes).
Also, medical experts in diving physiology do not recommend that children make more than one dive a day. From here all that is left is to enjoy the experience.
Rules for diving with minors
From the age of 10, children can learn to scuba dive under the keen eye of an experienced professional. Diving is a fabulous activity for children who are in a period of their lives when they marvel at everything and during which there are many good reasons to encourage children to scuba dive.
Prerequisite for diving with children
A prerequisite for diving with children should be a medical examination. Does your child fulfill the physical and mental requirements to withstand the stresses of the sport? Tip: Ideally, the doctor has a diving medical education or background, this would help them better assess the risks. In addition, you can will need to book the corresponding diving courses at certified diving school. Find a facility that are trained in dealing with children and are informed about the dangers of scuba diving for children.
For example, the safety regulations for adolescent diving should be followed. The following topics should be addressed: voluntariness, health, well-being, mastery of swimming techniques, consent of parents and medical examinations.
Important Note: This information does not replace professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized physicians.