Bubblemakers

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by MODIVER, Sep 3, 2000.

  1. MODIVER

    MODIVER Scuba Instructor

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    Yesterday I took two of my grandsons through the PADI Bubblemaker program. It's like a Discover Scuba for 8 and 9 year olds. I don't know who had more fun, the two boys or me. While I know they are too young to teach diving, I think this program plants a seed to encourage future divers.
    Seeing the look of pure excitement on their faces when they could breathe underwater makes it all worth while.
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  2. King_Neptune

    King_Neptune Founder

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    MODIVER,

    I think that is very cool of you to do! I remember how I was introduced at a very early age myself and I am so very thankful I was. I also believe that it instills a considerable amount of confidence within a person to have them introduced at a much earlier age.

    Not to mention just how popular that has got to make them in school during "Show-n-Tell" days ... hehe ... They will be the "cool kids with the Scuba Grandma" ... heheh

    =-)

     
  3. Military Diver

    Military Diver Angel Fish

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    MODIVER,

    I have a young nephew that I have been thinking about doing this for too, what did it cost and how many classes was it or what all was involved?

     
  4. Mario S Caner

    Mario S Caner Member

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    Funny story... sad but funny: I was at PADI headquarters with a fellow instructor friend when they announced the introduction of the bubblemaker program. They gave us promotional towels, sticker's and cert cards relating to the program. Well we thought it would be cool to certify one another as bubblemakers and then present the card's to unsuspecting divemasters on boat trips... LOL! Never followed through with it though. But, you have to admit, it would have been hilarious to see the look of confusion on the DM's face!

    Mario :D
     
  5. Remora

    Remora Nassau Grouper

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    I have a 10 year old who regularly hangs out while I teach pool classes. He is very good in the water and has mastered most skills to near Instr level proficiency. When he gets a little cold from hanging out with the class he and the DM will swim around a bit. I'am still a little hesitant to take him to the open water, based on the eqpt required (dry suit ect) but I'am not sure I can hold him off much longer!
     
  6. Iguana Don

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    Mario S(ister) Caner,
    You are truly a sick individual and need mental help. Maybe we can get KN to start a forum like "Scuba Sycho" or something like that, just for peopele like you.

    Some of the DMs on boats I've been on wouldn't even bat an eye.

    BTW, got a new wet suit the other day, gold lamay, now I look like a giant Rapala lure in the water.

    Mad Dog
     
  7. Mario S Caner

    Mario S Caner Member

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    OMG Ma(Don)na, how did you find me here? This is the kiddy section... LOL!

    Remora, which agency(s) do you teach for? No worries, the way training agencies are jumping on the bandwagon with the minimum age to dive thing, all bases will be covered soon enough. As a parent and dive professional no one would know better than you as to whether he's ready or not. You should post some pictures of you two, it'll be cool!
     
  8. Iguana Don

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    Great minds think alike !
     
  9. Remora

    Remora Nassau Grouper

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    Mario

    I'am PADI,IANTD,TDI affiliated. I know the RSTC guidelines have changed, and the mainstream agencies are following suite. I see no problem with the lil guy bombing around in the pool, but still have reservations about the ocean due to the lack of data on the long term effects of pressure on children. I understand that @ 10' there could still be problems, but in my mind they are minimal.
     
  10. Mario S Caner

    Mario S Caner Member

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    Remora,
    I certainly understand your concerns. I too have to admit that I couldn't take that chance either. I'm sure that he will understand that you Love him and will always act in his best interest. When it is time for him to earn his cert card, he'll already be there. Besides who else in his school gets to play like that?
     
  11. ScubaBaby

    ScubaBaby Single Diver

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    Ok - as always I like to change the subject slightly - but hey - it opens up a new discussion.

    Anyway, I personally believe bubblemaker is a great idea and gets kids involved early on so they can develop with age. HOWEVER what is there to attract people a little older.

    I am currently doing a project in my Communication studies class where we have to fill a gap in communication - I obviously chose something in diving.

    I came up with a few ideas which all went down the loo then I had people in my class asking me about diving etc. I realised how little people of my age (16-19) really do know. The ideas some of the have (one person even asked if its like a long snorkel!)

    Anyways, thats is my project - to inform 16-19 yr olds in my area of the diving near me. I am taking (in groups of 10) 30 people to do a try dive. I heard a meeting in my college and the response was amazing.

    People my age are interested in diving - its just no organisations try to attract us to it. I fell into diving through my dad and the threat of a kiss from my instructor. I was lucky but others my age are left in the cold!

     
  12. Mario S Caner

    Mario S Caner Member

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    Abby,
    I have a CD-Rom of me diving here in California a couple of weeks ago. If you are interested in using it to stir some interest and show your target audience the wonders of the deep, just send me an e-mail with your address and I'll send it right out. The video clip is about 13 minutes long and features some high tech toys in use... Hope that'll help you with your project.
     
  13. ScubaBaby

    ScubaBaby Single Diver

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    Mario

    Where abouts in the US are you actually – don’t want exact address, as I am not a stalker. I am just trying to plan my year out and will need to find accommodation somewhere around abouts where there is easy access for the decent diving!

    Any reccommendations or ideas?

    I will have to get back to you on that video footage thing - I am actually focusing more on trydives and am about to have my 1st experiences with an UW Video Camera next tuesday (23rd) - all good fun. Could get quite interesting. I may take you up on it tho - as it may be quite interesting to add in at the end - but i will get back to you as i am guessing it will be a large file and my computer probably wouldnt take it, nor would the ones at college so i would have to do it from my works computer (which is actually at home - but would need to be a bit sneaky!)

    Anyways, any ideas or reccommendations on accommodation would be great appriciated!


     
  14. Mario S Caner

    Mario S Caner Member

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    Abby, the CD-Rom is a stand alone, plug and play type of set-up. You do not need anything special on your computer to view it. It's just like sticking a DVD movie into a player. The CD has whales, dolphins, and seals that we encountered in the dive. It's an interesting dive spot, as it's an active oil rig off of the California coast.

    I'm in San Diego CA, which is as far south as you can get on California's west coast. It's sunny, and full of fun things to do. Though, you won't be able to club because of your age, there are places in Tijuana that you will be able to party.

     
  15. ScubaBaby

    ScubaBaby Single Diver

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    But I'll try and take it in the nicest way!
    I wouldnt be coming over to your side of the global till I was 18 anyhow as I am sitting my a-levels and fun stuff at the moment - it would be end of 2001 or beginning of 2002 probably with the rate of everything over here at the moment.
    I was also looking to do something with Coral Cay Conservation - but I will start a new thread for that one.

     
  16. Mario S Caner

    Mario S Caner Member

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    Abby,
    LOL! Sorry, didn't mean to leave you hanging there. I was mearly referring to the fact that the drinking age and therefore the minimin age to get into bar's and dance clubs is 21. Until that is we take a short 20 minute drive into T.J. Mexico, there we can dance till dawn and have a great time. I have dozens of friends who venture down there on a regular basis so we get preferential treatment everywhere we go. Not having to stand in lines for addmission, and not having to wait a half hour everytime you want to order a drink, let's you party that much more!

    You should try to break away for a little while and come visit the land of muscles, fast cars and butt floss.
     
  17. ScubaBaby

    ScubaBaby Single Diver

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    Ok - understand now.
    I am just use to the British - 18 is the legal drinking age I guess - even though I already work in a pub - oops!

    Anyways, I wouldn't be out there for the drinking side (although it would be nice.) I can't really drink anyway due to my kidneys so that kinda puts a dampener on pee-ups!

    Thanx for putting me straight tho - started to feel a tad alienated cause of my age there - still do but hey - I'll live with it! ;)

     

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