For kids aged 10 years and up, learning to scuba dive can be a fun and rewarding experience. Maybe you are a seasoned diver yourself, or your child has expressed interest in diving, or they already love swimming beneath the water—one or all of the above conditions points to this being a good time in their lives to let them try scuba diving! But, before you invest in lessons and gear rentals, let them try supervised snorkeling first. If they love it, then start looking into professional scuba diving instructors in your area.
Even in a controlled environment, letting a child disappear beneath the water can be scary for parents. To ease parents’ concerned minds, the following are some excellent reasons to sign your kids up for scuba diving lessons:
- They get to explore: A child’s mind is already full of wonder, not to mention screaming with loads of curiosity about the world. Pair this wonder and curiosity with adventure and you’ve got yourself a little explorer—and what better place to explore new things than in the great wide ocean? After they are properly trained in scuba diving, they get to discover all that lives beneath the sea, and even get to swim along side schools of interesting fish. Think of the fantastic stories they will have to tell their friends after a diving trip.
- They’ll learn independence: As a parent, you want your children to be safe, but if you are obsessive about it, you become a well-meaning yet overprotective parent. You will never know what your kids are capable of until you let them try something new, like the underwater sport of scuba diving. The great thing about children and learning new things is that their brains are like sponges. They retain information well, and develop skills quickly, especially if you let them push beyond their comfort level—and yours!
- It brings out their maturity: Though they’re kids, youthful scuba divers still need to possess a high level of maturity. They must be able to focus on their scuba training for long periods of time, listen to the instructor and adhere to safety rules. You may be amazed at how much emotional maturity your child has when they are around a scuba instructor and learning a fun skill. This maturity is likely to be enhanced because they are there to partake in an activity they truly want to learn.
- It makes for fun family vacations: Many times, the reason a youngster shows interest in diving is because a parent does it, too. So, if you’re a parent who scuba dives and your children want to learn, then you know your family vacations are going to be extraordinarily fun. Not scuba certified? Then get certified so you can explore the waters together!
If you are interested in signing your child up for beginner scuba diving lessons, rest assured that they are in good hands at Northeast Scuba. We are available to answer all your questions beforehand, as well as throughout your child’s continued diving education and courses. Feel free to contact us for more information!