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tar8701
05-18-2011, 10:36
Have some family friends who are just getting into diving. They have 10 and 12 year old boys and I know that they can get certified with certain restrictions.

Can anyone elaborate on what those restrictions are, and suggust any place that is good for them to get certified?

ScottW
05-18-2011, 17:35
Junior Open Water divers have a depth limit of 40 feet.

vegas911diver
05-19-2011, 11:54
By PADI Standard, if there is a 10 year old in the class, the instructor is restricted to a class size ratio of 4:1. This cannot be increased by using DMs or other certified assistants and no more that 2 of the students can be 10 or 11. The dive shop may push you towards a private or semi private class.

Also, Junior Diver certification cards state the restrictions based on age. After certification, 10-11 year olds are restricted to diving with a parent, guardian or PADI Professional to 12 metre/40 feet maximum depth; 12-14 year olds must dive with an adult certified diver.

12 to 14 year old maximum depths is 70 feet for continuing education classes

IndyDiver
05-19-2011, 13:24
Just because something CAN be done, doesn't mean it SHOULD be done. I think anyone considering certifying a 10 year old to scuba dive should read the presentation at this link Why I Do NOT Train Kids In Scuba Diving (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lpt/kids.htm) and think about it very carefully.

I got my kids certified at 12 and 14, and in retrospect, I think 12 was pushing it. It worked out fine, but then again, nothing serious ever went wrong underwater - so I don't know if that proves anything.

tar8701
05-24-2011, 09:28
Well i think we are going to have the 12 year old certified there, and the dives will be restricted. that way we can see what he thinks of it. the 10 year old can just snorkel this trip.