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Youngers development delay issue

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Gilad, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. Gilad

    Gilad Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Mesa, AZ
    My daughter & I are looking forward she'll become to the age 12 y.o. to start the basic scubadiving course.

    Lately, I've been bumped into the issue, diving might prevent her development at adolescence.

    Can someone approve my concerns ?
    Can someone direct me to specific articles on this specific topic ?

    Note: I guess there are no unequivocal evidences, but I might be wrong.
  2. Halthron

    Halthron Solo Diver

    There's speculation but other than the many people that dove as kids and seem fine as adults, there aren't any real studies on the subject.
  3. Louma

    Louma Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Back in NJ after 8 years in FL
    Here are two links on children and diving. The second one by Doc Vikingo addresses lots of different issues. There is a lot of unknowns in diving. This is one of them. I think that the issue on bone development is for children younger than your daughter. One of my son's got certified at 13 prob just a little over 4', he was a great diver then, at 23 and 6'1 he's a great diver now. His bone development seems to be ok!



    (I can't seem to get Dr. V's link to become a direct click to his sight - but, if you cut and paste is does work)
  4. Ber Rabbit

    Ber Rabbit Floppy Ear Mod ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
    Louma, I fixed your link.

    Gilad, there are quite a few posts in the "Dive Medicine" forum about children and diving.

    Ber :lilbunny:
  5. adurso

    adurso Solo Diver

    The concerns are valid in that no one would like their child to be the one to validate the potential harm. There are no definitive studies because we do not experiment on children.

    Anecdotally, I started diving young sans instruction and I am fine (twitch twitch).
    My daughter started at 10 and has proceeded through all stages normally, my son was a little older and he is fine.

    There are also concerns about a youngster's maturity, and cognitive ability; ie: can they recognize an emergency and could they deal with it?.

    Overall a parent must neutrally assess their child's abilities and maturity and determine if they are ready. Instructors who work with younger divers amy be of help in this also.

    What I, and others I know, have done with our kids is limit their depth and time until they have physically matured, this may obviate some of the pressure related concerns that are out there.

    If you are going to dive with a child, be prepared to focus on them almost exclusively, you may wish to treat diving with a child as a solo dive as they may not be able to assist you if you have a problem.

    Advantages to diving with your children:
    They are exposed to something most of the world never sees
    They are not hanging around a mall or parked in front of a video game
    They are not hanging around with unknown hoodlums in an unknown location (if on a dive boat you KNOW the hoodlums and hooligans on board)
    When underwater with you they cannot speak and must be near you
    It is one of the greatest experiences in the world to tool along underwater with your children and watch them as a new world of experiences opens up for them
  6. scuba41girl

    scuba41girl ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
    Go to the Basic Scuba section on the forum. Around pg 6 is a thread titled "is it dangerous?" I had the same question and alot of good info is on that thread.
  7. Gilad

    Gilad Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Mesa, AZ
    Thank you all for answering.
    I agree about what you all wrote.
    I also trust my daughter (http://www.metacafe.com/watch/189246/underwater_video).
    As far as I saw, not a real research been done on the particular discuss topic, but I understand the reason why...
    If you have points which were missed- I'll be delightful to hear about.

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