Children are eligible to get their PADI Open Water certificate from age 10 (maximum depth 12m) and, from age 12, to 18m. Course structure varies between dive schools but it generally takes three days and involves pool and ocean dives plus lessons and video tutorials. Participants need to be able to demonstrate their swimming ability. The Gili Islands are accessible by fast boat and ferry from Bali and Lombok. More: bluemarinedive.com.
A cidomo (pony and cart) on Gili Air, far left; Blue Marine Dive boat, left