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harb99
08-11-2010, 19:24
my nephews (8, 6, 3) came down and visited this weekend - had them in the swimming pool all weekend and you could tell when they were getting ready to leave Sunday afternoon that they were tired as all get out.

We swam from 6:00 to 9:00 on Friday evening, from 11:30 to 6:00 on Saturday, and then from 11:30 to around 2:00 on Sunday. Took some breaks for food, but once we were out in the pool, we stayed out there.

Got the scuba equipment out on Saturday and Sunday - here are a few pics.

me and the 8 year old in the deep end
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j161/Harb99/20100808%20-%20Nephews%20Scuba%20Diving/PICT0210Medium.jpg

wife and 6 year old
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j161/Harb99/20100808%20-%20Nephews%20Scuba%20Diving/PICT0275Medium.jpg

8 year old by himself in the shallow end
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j161/Harb99/20100808%20-%20Nephews%20Scuba%20Diving/PICT0279Medium.jpg

8 year old and 6 year old in the shallow end
http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j161/Harb99/20100808%20-%20Nephews%20Scuba%20Diving/PICT0289Medium.jpg

we burned the remaining air from my tank in no time and i had to get my friend's tank and we burned well over half of it - keep in mind that my pool maxes out at around 8 feet so air consumption is pretty minimal at that depth
they would throw all of the diving toys we had in the deep end and then we would go get them

Da Wolf
08-12-2010, 07:30
I did the same thing with my 7 year Step-daughter. We were our local quarry on Monday and after my dive I had 900 lbs of air left. So, I put her on the octo, let her sit in about 6 feet of water, and hand feed the fish. She loved it, or at least she did until she had a nightmare that night that the fish were going to bite her toes off. LOL

scubastud
08-12-2010, 08:06
I'm thinking the 8 year old should adjust the straps on his Brigade just a scoche. :smiley20:

skosh? skoesh? how ya spell that word?

navyhmc
08-12-2010, 08:14
The tank's bigger than your 8 year old!!!!

CajnRedneck
10-04-2010, 13:23
very nice to see young people comfortable in the water. I started swimming (competitively) at age 7. I kick myself every day for not learning Scuba till I was in my 30s

Rileybri
10-04-2010, 13:37
Ya my dad had a different approach to diving and swimming in the ocean. First he made me/us watch Jaws at like 10 then we went on vacation to our friends MV house where we went water skiing in the sound where they filmed Jaws. My father kept yelling shark and pointing behind me the while time. I like your approach much better!

Gonnagettanked
10-05-2010, 06:43
very nice to see young people comfortable in the water. I started swimming (competitively) at age 7. I kick myself every day for not learning Scuba till I was in my 30s
Learned to swim really early my dad's approach was throw the kids out of the rowboat. We learned fast!
And as far as kicking yourself for waiting till you were 30 something to dive, I got certified in Aug and I'm 50 something!
I figure you're never to old to learn something new. So far so good.

CajnRedneck
10-05-2010, 19:26
I very much like the quote 'Dive to Live and Live to Dive' it has become my newest obsession. I doubt I will tire of this one.

emclean
10-06-2010, 06:56
started swimming (competitively) at age 7. I kick myself every day for not learning Scuba till I was in my 30s
at least i am not the only one who is a little slow about it. i swam competivly for ten years (up through HS) and it took my son going for his c-card to ge me moving to get mine.
not i just have to remember that it isn't a race.

stunna
10-20-2010, 10:40
I think your approach is great. When the wife and I were getting certified, we let the kids swim with us and sample breathing in the shallow end of the pool. We are just waiting for our son to reach 10 so that we can certify them both. I believe there's a saying that a family that dives together stays together. :)

cgvmer
11-04-2010, 07:14
Nice, wish I could have done that with my kids, but I also waited till I was in my 30's. My daughter was certified at 10, I can only strongly suggest that when getting kids certified you do it with a longer course. I was very happy to find a 1 week scuba camp at the LDS setup just for younger kids. My daughter spent the week in class each morning learning the "Book" stuff, and spent the afternoon in the pool learning the "wet" stuff. At the end of the week she was quite prepared for her OW dives.

mzbdiver
11-08-2010, 00:08
Gotta get them to complete their bubble maker now! Looks like they are having a blast!