Have your kids ever been curious about exploring the underwater world? Perhaps, they’ve just seen Finding Nemo, and have been inspired to give scuba diving a go.
Well, you might be thinking, surely, it’s not safe for kids to go scuba diving right?
Whilst this is a heavily debated topic, Andy from ReadyDive believes that kids scuba diving can teach them to overcome difficulties in learning a new skill, learn to respect marine life and learn to manage responsibility for themselves and others. He occasionally takes his younger nephew to go scuba diving together, and always has a blast exploring the underwater world.
Benefits of Scuba Diving
Some benefits of Scuba Diving include:
Having Fun – Great Family Bonding Activity
When underwater, it’s a totally different world, there is zero gravity, and you’re surrounded by beautiful marine life! You get to explore the underwater world to your heart’s content, and is a great way to disconnect from the real world. They can touch all kinds of marine life, watch how fish hunt for food, or just go exploring. Not only is it a great family activity, but it gives them a memory that they’ll cherish and remember for a life time.
Improve Communication Skills
When underwater, you have to use hand signals to communicate with each other. Naturally, this develops their communication skills, as they have to pay attention and have to be in sync with their parents and buddies. Some kids even get creative, creating their own sign language or learning how to properly use hand signals underwater. Nonetheless, this is all part of the fun and encourages them to learn.
Concerns of Scuba Diving
However, there are also concerns that should be considered before taking the kids scuba diving.
Are They Interested?
Obviously, are they interested in scuba diving?
Scuba diving can be considered a risky sport, and if they don’t want to, then you shouldn’t force them as it could put them in danger.
Are they afraid of water? Not all kids know how to swim, and thus it may sound like a daunting experience to enter the ocean. If they don’t deal well with being under pressure, or have medical conditions, then scuba diving can be dangerous. The child also needs to be mature enough, to follow instructions, if they don’t follow a dive instructor’s instructions then they may potentially put themselves or others at risk.
That being said, if they’re still interested, then it’s time to enroll them in a kids scuba diving course. This’ll teach them the basics of scuba diving in the pool first then the ocean, it’ll teach them all the fundamentals of scuba diving, such as how to use the gear, how to communicate underwater, how to breathe properly, etc. These courses can last from a few days to weeks, and each course can vary depending on the kid’s age.
To book a course, you should check with your local dive shop to see what courses they are offering, and if your kid meets the requirements. Get out there, and have fun!