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Scuba Diving Classes for Children

The impact that scuba diving classes have on children is more than remarkable.

Children have an unwavering adventurous desire to explore everything the world has to offer, including the fascinating world underwater.  Scuba diving classes teach awareness to children about the importance of ecological and ocean conservation.

There’s nothing quite like the beauty of marine animals. So many of the waters contain wondrous creatures that have an impressiveness beyond comprehension. At times it almost makes you wish one could live in the waters alongside these animals.

During scuba diving classes, children learn proper conservation skills  through diving techniques and habits. Children learn about the importance of even the most microscopic living organisms, thus becoming conscious of their surroundings.

Throughout the scuba diving classes children learn tangible skills which they will use in and out of the water such as physics and math skills, which will increase their critical thinking abilities.  They will play games that reinforce these new skills and rules all while having fun.

As children build stronger swimming abilities, increased stamina and a stronger sense of responsibility through scuba diving, their self-confidence will increase noticeably in every aspect of their lives.

Children ages 8-9 years old may learn snorkeling and basic scuba diving in a pool.  Once children are 10 years in age, they may complete the PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification course, and are eligible to dive in open water with certified adults, preferably, parents or other family members.

Once children reach the age of 15 years old, they are qualified to upgrade from their junior certification which will allow them to no longer have age restrictions.

For more information on PADI scuba certification classes for children or to speak with an experienced professional instructor, please contact Leslie O’Neill, Scuba Explorers.


Do you log your dives?



Do you have a paper based dive log book or rather use your PC/Phone for that?

Do you care about stamps and signatures? What info do you actually put into your logbook (max depth, air, temp, etc.)? What data is most important to you and why?

I’m totally interested in your replies. Since many years I tend to keep my paper based logbook up-to-date. It brings back nice memories. I noticed however that what I’m actually logging limits itself to just a couple of specific infos per dive.

What’s your experience?




Lex van Lith @ Wilton, In France diving it is regulated by law! If you have no certification = no diving.  If you have a Padi cetrtification, you still have to dive under guidiance of a CMAS diver……

@ Graeme Barber, except of France there is still no police who can give you a fine…
It’s only an insurance company which is not paying IF there is an accident…And even than a logbook doesn’t say anything. A personall diving compu does. So you still don’t have to log your dive for legal depths…




Graeme Barber • @Lex: It’s not the police, it’s the certifying agency that the dive centre works through. They have no power to fine or warn the operation, or even to suspend their credentials. Worst case scenario, they can punt the dive group or individual.

In an accident scenario, a dive computer will give at least the details of your last dive, working like a little black box, but the logged dives in your logbook will paint a more complete picture of your competence/experience/frequency of diving. If you                                       lie in your logbook, you’re only hurting yourself in the event of an accident.




Robert Rait • I like that “The Dive Police” or “DPD” But really a fine? The dive industry is still self regulated at least the last time I heard. There is no law requiring a certification on the insurance industry. So if you can get gear and air you can dive on a private boat.





Graeme Barber • It’s largely self regulating, but there can be local or national laws that require proof of certification and/or insurance. This is particularly true of professional divers (both recreational and commercial). Most places won’t give you fills unless you show your certs. You can buy all your own gear though. Your diving lifespan might not be too long, but you can do it.





Chris Dziedzic • I log my dives! Alas, I tend to be the one who logs my wife and two diving children’s dives as well. I keep depth and time plus what I’m wearing and weight. If the log has a box or line for it, I try to fill it in. I also note anything particularly interesting from that dive. We’re mostly vacation divers, so it’s mostly for memories. But right after getting certified, my wife and I had some frustrating “buoyancy issues” on a shore dive off Catalina Island. So I make sure to note not only the weight, but also if I felt heavy, or light or just right on every dive. Now, when we dive a new spot, we just show the dive master the info from our previous dives. We’re happy to say,certified for almost 15 years now, we’ve never been the one’s to shorten a group dive because we couldn’t get to the bottom or were so heavy we breathed and BCd our tanks dry too soon and had to surface from being overweight.


Are You a Responsible Diver?

Diving Safety is no accident

Be aware, check your air

When in doubt, just get out

Let’s respect it, not collect it

Only fools stretch the rules.

Coral reefs hate standing ovations.

Living reefs are dying not to be touched, so be a reef lover and always hover.

Your diving education really begins after certification!