Have your kids always wanted to be in the water with dolphins, fish, and turtles?
Would you like to discover an exciting world underwater as a family and breath like a fish in the sea? If that is the case, scuba diving is perfect for you!
Starting with snorkeling for kids, to trying our scuba diving in a shallow pool, and eventually a full diving certification, there are lots of possibilities to explore.
Here you can find important information on scuba diving for kids, children diving courses, and anything else parents should know.
If you have any questions or want to explore more options for your kids to dive, send us a message!
Scuba diving for kids
Children can start scuba diving as young as 8 years old with a discover scuba diving event or a bubblemaker program. Here, they learn the basics of diving theory, how the scuba gear works, and how to dive. Starting at age 10-12, they can get the Junior Open Water Diver certification to dive under supervision before upgrading to a full Open Water Diver at age 15.
The main reason is that the number of alveoli in the lungs increases by a factor of 12 between birth and age 8. Fewer alveoli mean lower lung capacities and hence lower efficiency.
Between age 8 and adulthood, the number of alveoli increases further by a factor of 3 which is significantly smaller.
Therefore, starting at age 8, children are usually physically fit enough to begin scuba diving in very shallow waters and pools.
However, this also depends on the individual, and some might need to wait a few years longer.
In case of severe allergies or asthma, diving is prohibited for children
Scuba diving depth limits for kids
The lungs and body of a child are not yet fully developed and still growing. Exposing them to high pressures underwater or large nitrogen load-ups can lead to permanent injuries, and negatively impact their development. As such, common depth limits for kids are 2m/6ft for kids under the age of 10, 12m/40ft under the age of 12, and 18m/60ft under 15.
Here is a table to remember the depth limits for children diving. They may vary slightly depending on the scuba training agency, however, these are the most common ones:
It is highly recommended you take a Family Diver specialty course, and many dive bases around the world require it.
The course will teach you about legal regulations concerning diving with kids, how scuba diving affects your children and safe diving practices!
You can do your Family Diver course with us as a full online webinar!
Diving Medical Checkup for children
Parents are required to get a medical checkup by a physician for their kids before they can start scuba diving. Just filling out the scuba medical questionnaire like adults is not enough. The checkup should be renewed every year until the age of around 18 when children are fully developed.
A medical statement by a physician is required in order to go scuba diving.
However, while many adults simply fill out the medical questionnaire provided to them by their diving operator, children must be checked by a physician first!
Parents should know this and a reputable dive instructor will require this form before any diving activities with children can start.
While the so-called Diving Medical is valid for two years for adults aged 18 – 40, children have to renew theirs on an annual basis.
This is required for anyone wanting to go diving with their kids, and discarding it can lead to permanent injuries!
Diving Courses for Kids with Social Diving
If you are at least 8 years old, you can jump right in with our scuba diving courses.
Of course, your parents can come and watch or get their scuba diving license, too. If you are younger, you can join us for snorkeling courses for children and families.
Discover Scuba Diving
In this course, children can try out scuba diving for the first time under the supervision of a certified instructor. In a pool, they learn how to breathe underwater using scuba equipment and how to move around using their fins. A certified children’s diving instructor will conduct the course.
When: Any time Where: Anywhere Languages Offered: English, German, Spanish… Duration: 3-4 hours (1 dive) Course Size: max. 2-4 students Prerequisites: none
This is the first full diving license for children aged 10 or older. With this certification, children can go diving around the world on guided dives. As a Junior Open Water Diver the maximum diving depth is equivalent to the age of the diver.
When: Any time Where: Anywhere Languages Offered: English, German, Spanish… Duration: 3 days (4 dives) Course Size: max. 2-4 students Prerequisites: none