Scuba diving for kids

The Ultimate Parents Guide


What are the risks of kids scuba diving?

Teaching 10-year-olds to an Open water Ocean scuba dive comes with certain risks and considerations, such as their health, and cognitive, and emotional development. Simply by testing a child, by a Child Scuba Dive Professional, who has experience with children is very important.


A dive professional needs to give your child/ legal guardian a medical questionnaire about the child’s health, if there is a medical concern your child’s doctor can provide a medical clearance.


doctor Dive specialist, needs to test the child and issue a medical certificate sometimes needs to be issued. Click here to find a Doctor in QLD


The instructor must have knowledge child’s mental development, as well as gum and teeth development, and the appropriate size of scuba equipment, able to adjust mouthpieces to the fit of the child.


Scuba Dive professionals need to know how to teach children and what the needs are to apply to explain and see considerations of how to brake down tasks.

Physical limitations:

Younger divers of 10 years of age who want to dive in Open Water need to have strong swim stamina for a 200 meters swim and after that 10 minutes of treading water.
Airlie Beach Dive Centre has scuba kids equipment, small BCDs and light Scuba tanks so children can deal with lighter equipment to dive . Mental milestones and understanding of safety are in fact safety standards, we instructors for our Open Water Courses, we  have only 2 children under the age of 12 per instructor and a maximum of 4 people in the class in total, so the children will be in constant arm’s reach.

Anxiety and fear:

Young divers of 10 may be less prone to experiencing fear or anxiety underwater, and more likely to be the best explorers and learners and more relaxed.
Whereas teenage children above 12-15 emotionally feel more fear .

Children are often more fearless than adults

Safety is also a critical concern when teaching children to scuba dive. When the whole family are turning up for a dive course it is important that the parents, step out of their parenting and obey the instruction of Scuba professionals.

Instructors must ensure that children understand and follow all safety procedures, such as monitoring their air supply, equalizing their ears, and performing safety stops. It’s important that the Children must also be able to communicate any issues they may have while diving with the dive instructor, so instructors are able to respond quickly and appropriately to any potential problems.

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Teaching children to scuba dive also requires a different approach..

Teaching children to scuba dive also requires a different approach when it comes to communication. Children may not have the same attention span as adults, which means that instructors need to be more engaging and interactive to keep them interested. This can include using games and other activities to teach important concepts, as well as using positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. Additionally, children may be more prone to distractions, which means that instructors need to be aware of their surroundings and take steps to minimize distractions during lessons.

Despite these differences, there are many benefits to teaching children to scuba dive. One of the main benefits is that it can help children develop important life skills, such as problem-solving, communication, and teamwork. Scuba diving requires a great deal of planning and preparation, which can help children develop these skills in a fun and engaging way. Additionally, scuba diving can help children develop a greater appreciation for the natural world, which can lead to a lifelong commitment to conservation and environmental protection.

Another benefit of teaching children to scuba dive is that it can be a great way to bond with family members. Scuba diving is a fun and exciting activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, which means that families can learn and explore together. This can create lasting memories and strengthen family bonds in a unique and meaningful way.


What is the minimum age to scuba dive?

8 years old- PADI Seals Team

Starting scuba early is so important. Explore and try it out. We offer Scuba for kids in a pool of a depth of 2 meters no deeper!

From night Pool diving to Navigation diving buoyancy control and underwater pool photography, explorer become a pro in the pool first

10 years old PADI Junior Open Water

To become a Junior Open Water Scuba Diver with PADI certification, you must be at least ten years old.

10-11 yrs

Those aged 10 and 11 are required to dive alongside a certified PADI Professional, parent, or guardian, with a depth limit of 12 meters.

12-14 yrs

Divers between 12 and 14 years of age need to be accompanied by a certified adult.

15 + yrs

Upon turning 15, the Junior certification is automatically upgraded to a standard Open Water Diver certification.

Children Dive

Rewards of Scuba- is a form of meditation

Scuba Diving can help how to manage anxiety 

Children love the out-of-space experience, they need to regulate this experience with their own breathing and that’s actually a very rewarding sensational skill. Feeling emotional and controlling emotion can only best regulate by breathing, the various exercises of breathing skills, masks, and buoyancy skills, help to regulate and understand of relax breathing.

The rewards of introducing children to this incredible sport can be immeasurable, both for the child and for the future of our oceans.

Despite the unique challenges of teaching children to scuba dive, there are many benefits to introducing children to this exciting and rewarding activity.

Scuba diving can teach children about the importance of ocean conservation and encourage them to become advocates for the marine environment. It can also help to build confidence, promote physical fitness, and foster a love of adventure and exploration.

  • exploring a new world together
  • family bonding
  • problem-solving with your body
  • self problem solving
  • communication improving
  • improvements in body languages communication understanding
  • from fear to courage
  • managing breathing and anxieties
  • understanding of physics with body, equipment in an environmental world our ocean
  • organizational skills
  • safety checks and buddy checks
  • teamwork and effort
  • independent organization skills, planning and preparation
  • compass use above and underwater orientation skills
  • self-confidence and self-esteem
  • learn about fish and marine wildlife
  • learn and understand the ecosystem
  • inspiration future job opportunities
  • travel around the world learn to know different cultures
  • sensational weightless feeling out of space, just sitting and swimming like a fish

Teaching children to scuba dive can also be a great way to introduce them to new cultures and experiences. Scuba diving can take place in a wide range of locations, from local lakes and rivers to exotic tropical destinations. This can expose children to new environments and cultures, which can broaden their horizons and help them develop a greater appreciation for diversity.

When teaching children to scuba dive, it is important to take a patient and supportive approach. Children may need extra time and attention to master the necessary skills, and instructors need to be prepared to adapt their teaching methods to best serve each individual learner.

Scuba diving is an amazing activity that allows people to experience the underwater world in a way that would be otherwise impossible. While it is traditionally seen as an activity for adults, there are many benefits to teaching kids to scuba dive. However, it is important to understand that teaching children to scuba dive is different than teaching adults, and instructors must adapt their teaching methods to best serve young learners.