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Proud dad of my new dive buddy!

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by aviator8, Sep 3, 2019.

  1. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
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    I was waiting for this thread to get to the point of kids diving. I agree with both Burhan and the Doc. I'm not a Dr., but have taught school Band many years to students age 11 up to 18, mostly 11-13. I have had some extremely "mature" 11-13 year old students over this time, including my two step daughters. I would not want to see any of them on scuba at that age. I don't have the medical knowledge of course, but can easily see the difference in brain development compared to older kids and adults. I can easily see kids that young being more prone to panic. I think of my own state of mind at that age and know doing scuba then would've been risky for me. At 15, I THINK I would've been pretty much OK. Having taught 15 years olds, I know some of them would be more at risk than adults as well, but I agree with Burhan that 15 is a good age to consider starting scuba.
    As I've said in the past, I don't think it's a matter of very young kids being able to do and comprehend the academics and practicals of scuba diving. It's a matter of what happens if things go sideways. I always bring up the side issue that a parent and child can both be certified in the same course, then dive independently as buddies--on dive 1 after OW. That to me is scary.
    Again along with what Burhan says, I also don't think parents should be persuaded by the child to let him/her start so young. I'm addressing the issue in general, not the OP. Some parents have said on SB that they don't want to say "no" if the kid is incredibly interested in scuba. But, there are many things a youngster has to wait to do until older, driving a car being one. Any you know every 14 year old can't wait to do that (well, I didn't care, but I'm weird). The answer to this is a whole lot of teen/pre-teen snorkeling. Really would help when starting scuba.
     
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  2. scubaaaronh

    scubaaaronh Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Grand Rapids Michigan
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    Aviator8 ignore the thread hijakers. Enjoy your daughters accomplishment and your dives with her.
     
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