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"Junior" classmate without parent/family member

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by mikkilj, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. Lulunew2scub

    Lulunew2scub Angel Fish

    I know exactly how you feel!! I am a 40 year old woman in an OW class with a 10 year old boy, his 13 year old brother and another 18 year old girl. It is very awkward and I keep wondering how the instructor is going to pair us up and is this OK to do, and do I need to worry about anything??? Maybe I'm just worrying for nothing!
  2. Pontius

    Pontius Guest

    To me, this seems to be a serious oversight by the parent. Who is the girl going to go diving with when the class is over? I think that the partner should have been there with the girl to help her understand what she really needed to. At that age, the only person the girl should be diving with is one of her parents. This way they can not blame anyone else if the girl gets hurt.

    Then again, I don't think anyone should get into a diving class without their buddy that they are planning on making most of their dives with. Eventhough I am a new diver, I have been around divers all of my life. It makes things so much easier and safer if you "know" your buddy!

    With that in mind, I would have had no problems you telling the instructor that you would have preferred having your husband as your buddy, especially since you are both still learning. Once you get the basics down and you feel more comfortable, you can venture out with new partners.
  3. mavjax

    mavjax Nassau Grouper

    I support the ideas most have posted here including scubatoads. I am new to diving, my fiance was certified eyars ago and just did the refresher, and my 10 year old daughter and 12 year old son just completed their OW certifications in the Bahamas. The kids wanted to get into scuba because they love the water and wanted to be able to dive as a family (the both had their first swimming lessons on a regular basis by the time the were 6 months old.)

    In the pool, I was in the water, and the intructor new that I was available if and only if he wanted me... which he did at a couple of different times. The instructor and I agreed before hand that I was not their to help the kids get through their certs, I was their to help him if he needed it. As for someone dropping their kid off for scuba lessons... I can't imaging it and don't think the LDS should even allow it.

    As for their OW dives, I had the same agreement with the instructors and for the most part I I was just doing fun dives while the kids worked with the instructors. After they were finished I was told that they were as competant or more than many of the adult students that go through the program.

    Now, I would NEVER ask another adult to buddy with one of my kids, and I will only dive with them in environments where I feel that I would be comfortable as a solo diver with the additional responsibility of making sure my own child is safe. As long as they enjoy the sport and the time together, I think it is great, but no parent should put that pressure on another diver.

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