What You Need to Know About Scuba Diving with Kids in Bali
According PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors), kids can be certified as PADI Junior Open Water Divers when they reach 10 years of age. PADI even has pool programs for 8-year-olds called bubble maker. Scuba diving agencies like PADI or SSI allow kids to enrol in scuba diving classes, but not all kids and teenagers are ready to handle the underwater environment and the scuba theory required to finish the diving course in Bali.
Scuba Diving with Kids
PADI in their resource guide for instructors and parents say that the following questions must be considered before we take any child diving:
- Does the boy or girl want to learn to scuba dive? Isn’t the diving only the desire of the parents?
- Is the child medically fit and OK to go scuba diving?
- Can the child swim and feel comfortable in the water?
- Can the child listen to the PADI instructor and have enough of stamina to pass the diving theory lessons?
- Can the child apply multiple safety diving rules and principles in to practical diving?
- At what level are the child reading skills sufficient enough to learn from PADI adult-level diving books?
- Is the child confident enough to tell to an diving instructor or a divemaster about any discomfort during the dive or not understanding anything?
In OK Divers dive resort in Bali we are generally relaxed about children diving in Bali. Of course we do understand the needs to strictly follow the recommendations of PADI scuba training programs, maintain the direct supervision of the child and the scope of diving recommended by PADI.
If your child wants to try diving in Bali this are the diving experiences and Bali PADI scuba diving courses we do for for kids in OK Divers:
The PADI Bubblemaker experience is a real underwater party for any kid, conducted PADI professional at our diving resort pool. In the swimming pool, not deeper than 2 meters, we will introduce the kids to basic scuba diving. Breathing and swimming under water will bring a smile to every kids face. Children who are at least 8 years old can learn to use scuba diving gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. PADI Bubblemaker is a great way to introduce children to scuba diving in Bali. Children will use all the basic scuba gear, which is adjusted for their size and stature. Let your little one dive in for a Bali scuba diving adventure they'll never forget.
PADI Junior Open Water Scuba Diving Course
The PADI Junior Open Water Diver Course is designed for children over 10 years old who want to learn scuba diving in Bali and earn their first certification level. Certified PADI junior Open Water Diver between the ages of 10 - 14 year old is qualified to dive to 12 meters. Junior Scuba diving certification automatically upgrades on 15th birthday at which time kid can apply to PADI for an adult certification card. The Junior Open Water Diver Course has three sections, knowledge development, Confined Water dives and Open Water sea dives.
Read more about the structure of this diving course in PADI - Open Water Diver Course.
PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver
The PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Bali Diver Course is designed for children over 12 years old who want to continue theirs training to the second level of the PADI certification programs. If they like to feel more comfortable and they wan to extend the diving knowledge this the PADI diving course to enrol in. The PADI Advance Open Water Diver Course consists of five dives with compulsory deep dive and navigation dive. There is a choice of three other adventure dives and kids diving with OK Divers can do wreck, boat, drift or even a night dive. Junior advance diving course is a great way for all diving kids to get more dives on Bali dive sites under theirs belts while continuing to learn under the supervision of PADI Instructor.
If you like to get your whole family involved in scuba diving in Bali and share the extraordinary diving experiences and memories together with your kids contact OK Divers in Bali and we will help you out.