Div­ing

Ages and stages

Holiday with Kids - - Diving With Kids -

Start with snorkelling

Snorkelling is a good place to start. Kids usu­ally start to show an in­ter­est in snorkelling some­where be­tween five and eight years old.

Bub­ble­maker

Kids as young as eight can try scuba div­ing with a Bub­ble­maker ex­pe­ri­ence. Ba­sic the­ory and safety are taught in a fun en­vi­ron­ment, fol­lowed by a pool ses­sion to learn how to use scuba equip­ment. Once they are com­fort­able they can en­joy an ocean dive to a depth of two me­tres.

Ju­nior Open Wa­ter Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

This cer­ti­fi­ca­tion level is de­signed for 10 to 14 years. Again, there is a the­ory com­po­nent and prac­tice in the pool be­fore ven­tur­ing out to open wa­ter. Max­i­mum depth is 12 me­tres up to 11 years of age and 18 me­tres for 12–14-year-olds.

Dis­cover Scuba Div­ing

An­other op­tion for those not ready to com­mit to a full-blown scuba div­ing course is a Dis­cover Scuba Div­ing op­tion, for ages 10 and up. This is of­ten the trig­ger for kids to go for their first real cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Open Wa­ter Diver

This course is for those aged 15 and over who want to feel con­fi­dent and self-re­liant in open-wa­ter en­vi­ron­ments. The course in­cludes lessons on the phys­i­ol­ogy of div­ing, the equip­ment and tech­niques for safe div­ing, on­line, in the class­room, in the pool and the ocean.

Safety first

Be­fore trav­el­ling, check your travel in­sur­ance cov­ers dive-re­lated in­ci­dents. Con­sider dive spe­cial­ist in­sur­ance from the Divers Alert Net­work (DAN), one of the only poli­cies cov­er­ing the costs of evac­u­a­tion to the near­est de­com­pres­sion cham­ber in an emergecy; Fiji cur­rently does not have an op­er­a­tional hy­per­baric cham­ber. When re­search­ing re­sorts, ask if they have oxy­gen (O2) avail­able on their dive boats, and if the staff are trained in O2 first aid.

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