Kids diving

A page for the kids..

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For our younger divers.

You're already a diver and you want to get the kids involved?

You'd never dive even if we paid you, but you still want the kids to have a go?

You've no idea what I'm talking about but the kids want to have a go?

Hello Mum

PADI Junior DiverGetting the children involved in scuba diving couldn't be easier. The chances are that if you're reading this, you're already thinking about it. Scuba diving for all ages is hugely popular and there is absolutely no reason why your little monsters....sorry angels, shouldn't get involved as well.

Let's take a look at the options:

Pool Parties

This is where a lot of kids initially become involved.  There's a good chance that your children have either already been to a friend's scuba party or else they know somebody that has.  They're now driving you mad 'cos they want one!  Is that why you're reading this now?  They are hugely popular, a great deal of fun and far better than the fast food option.  What's more, you only have to bring them along to us and we take over.  Even better, once they're under the water it all goes quiet.  Marvellous!!  ( It's worth the cost already isn't it!!?)

PADI Seal Team

When you bring them along, the first thing we do is to beat them.  Oh no! Wrong course... sorry!  First we give them a brief yet thorough safety chat before we let them anywhere near the water during which we explain what we'll be doing together in the pool.   You're more than welcome to listen in if you'd like.  Once that's done, we all transfer to a local pool where the children are kitted out in equipment that's child size and not just adult kit with the kids lost somewhere inside.  Again, you're free to come along and watch.  They need to be at least eight years of age and all they have to bring along is a swimming costume, a towel and a T shirt to wear in the water; we supply everything else.  We then spend an hour underwater playing various games and generally having a laugh.  Sometimes it's difficult to tell who the biggest kids are, the children or the staff.  There is a high ratio of staff to children so that way there's no chance of any little mishaps, although for a modest fee we could perhaps arrange....No. No. We can't!  We promise to bring them to the surface safe and sound to once more destroy the peace and quiet.

There is a self certifying medical questionaire for each individual child involved without which, for insurance purposes, we cannot allow them into the water.  If you're looking to hold a pool party for your child and his/her friends, then please contact us well in advance (A good three weeks at least) so we can guide you and avoid any possible disappointments.  (You must be able to answer YES to each question although there's vary rarely a medical problem that prevents them diving other than leaving it too late to sort it out.)

If you're looking to feed them after their aquatic adventures, please let us know in advance and we can arrange pool timings to fit in.  We thought of feeding them as well but the chips got really soggy at depth and the ketchup played havoc with the underwater visibility!  You should allow about two and a half hours for the whole experience.  Prices depend on the amount of children involved.  Please call me at the shop for full details.

PADI Seal Team

This is aimed at the eight and nine year olds out there who want to get involved in scuba diving but are just that bit too young to start on the full PADI Open Water Course.  It's all swimming pool based and kept to a maximum depth of six feet.  Again, all the equipment used is child sized with a high ratio of staff to divers.  The difference between the pool parties and the PADI Seal Team is that in this program, the kids dive regularly and get to learn a sport & play games at the same time.  Each time they come along they are given an 'Aquamission' to complete which involves a proper scuba diving skill.  After that we play games underwater using that skill.  This Mission earns them a sticker in their log book which they add to each time they come along.  The more Aquamissions they complete, the nearer they are to filling their log book.  When they move up to the full PADI Open Water Course, those missions can be credited towards that course.  So, not only do they have a great deal of fun, at the same time they're learning a sport.

The PADI Junior Open Water Diver course... exactly the same as the adult version except for a couple of points.  The first is that until the diver reaches the age of 15, they are restricted in depth for physiological reasons and secondly, they must dive only with their parent/guardian or a PADI Professional.  Most junior divers, but by no means all, complete their course together withDebbie Woods other members of their family.  That way if one of you is struggling a bit with the academic portion, the kids can give you a hand.  You think I'm joking don't you!? They complete the same skills in the pool and cover exactly the same lessons in the classroom and then go on to enjoy exactly the same diving.  That way you get to enjoy both your PADI Open Water Course along with your diving, as a family.  Once the diver reaches 15, both the depth and the dive buddy restrictions are removed and he or she can upgrade to the full PADI Open Water Diver status.

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