DIVING FOR KIDS
The benefits of scuba diving for children are uncountable – build confidence, develop a respect for the marine environment, harness teamwork skills not to mention getting out and exploring!
Seeing children take their first breaths underwater is a joy for us. We specialise in teaching kids to dive, with native English speaking theory and practical tuition, patient and kind instructors, and as always, our cheeky sense of fun!
We understand that teaching your kids requires your trust and our commitment to their learning and thorough understanding of concepts and skills. It’s a big step, and some kids need more time to be ready than others.
If you’re still not sure whether your child is ready for scuba, check our our article ‘Is my child ready to scuba dive?’.
KIDS DIVE EXPERIENCES
Bubblemaker Course – from 8yrs
The Bubblemaker course is your child’s chance to take their first breaths underwater and experiment with scuba gear in a way that is loads of fun and very safe.
Your child must be 8 years old or older and comfortable in the water. No prior experience is necessary but written parental approval is required.
Bubblemakers get a chance to:
- Experience scuba diving under the direct care and supervision of a PADI Pro.
- Take their first breaths underwater in water shallower than 2 metres/6 feet.
- Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults.
- Have lots of fun!
PADI Seal Team – from 8yrs
The PADI Seal Team programme teaches children 8 years and older responsibility and respect for the aquatic realm.
Young adventurers learn basic scuba skills and complete AquaMissions in the pool, gaining experience in what it’s like to dive with torches, recover treasures from the deep, float effortlessly like an Astronaut or even take digital photographs underwater.
Part one of the programme involves AquaMissions 1 – 5, and covers basic scuba diving skills, such as breathing underwater, clearing a mask of water, recovering a regulator and swimming around experiencing the sensation of being weightless.
Each session takes about an hour.
Upon completion of these AquaMissions your child becomes a recognised PADI Seal Team Member.
Part two, 10 specialty AquaMissions, includes adventures like creature identification, search and recovery diving, and skin diving.
Complete all of these and your child will become a PADI Master Seal Team Member – joining an elite group of young scuba divers.
KIDS CERTIFICATION COURSES
PADI Junior Open Water – from 10yrs
Children from 10 years upwards can gain scuba certification through the Junior Open Water Diver course. The content of the PADI Junior Open Water Course is exactly the same as the Open Water course taught to adults, including the theory component.
Young divers are just restricted as to maximum depth and who they can dive with once certified. For this reason, it’s important that you choose the instructor for your child carefully.
It’s sometimes challenging to communicate the theory components of the course in a way that emphasises the safety aspects without unnecessarily scaring children, not to mention ensuring they adequately grasp physics and physiology concepts important to diving.
We make sure that your child’s learning experience balances the right amount of fun and emphasis on safety to make them a very competent and safe diver. Before accepting your child as a student, we need to meet them to ensure they’re ready for the theory and practical components of the course.
Prerequisites: minimum of 10 years old, adequate swimming skills and in good physical health.
Certification: Junior Open Water Diver
After Certification: 10-11 year olds are restricted to diving with a parent/guardian or PADI Professional to a maximum of 12 metres.
12-14 year olds must dive with an adult certified diver.
Junior Advanced Open Water – from 12yrs
Kids who are thirsty to learn and advance their dive skills even more can continue their dive education through the Junior Advanced Open Water certification course.
They will experience five adventure dives during the course, getting the chance to perfect buoyancy skills, go down to 21 metres, learn how to use a compass and navigate around the dive site, experience a night dive for the first time, and dive a wreck. They could also choose to enhance their Fish ID orUnderwater Naturalist skills.
Prerequisites: minimum of 12 years old, adequate swimming skills and in good physical health; Junior Open Water certification
Certification: Junior Advanced Open Water Diver
After Certification: 12-14 year olds are restricted to a maximum depth of 21 metres and must dive with an adult certified diver.
Dive Birthday Parties
Dive birthday parties are the best!
Your birthday boy or girl will be able to introduce up to 9 of their friends to the fun of the underwater world in a safe and supported environment.
After a safety briefing, they will play with rockets under water, test each other with underwater egg and spoon races and literally be swimming through hoops.
Catering and cakes are also available to make parents’ lives a little easier. Contact us for availability and pricing.
Prerequisites: minimum age 8 years, all participants must have adequate swimming skills and be in good physical health.
School Holiday Programmes
What better way for your kids to experience the adventures of Bali and keep their brains engaged during the school holidays?!
We often run certification, Bubblemaker and SEAL Team programmes during Bali school holidays, as well as Reef Ecology and Fish ID courses, and Junior Open Water certification programmes.
Minimum numbers apply so contact us to let us know you’re interested!