Scuba Diving: Rules Now Allowing Kids to Dive In

Let’s face it; there are some of us out there who could be considered pretty irresponsible, even as adults. So, with this attitude, one might worry that giving every adult the OK to learn to scuba dive is concerning. Hopefully those who take the plunge are mature enough to realize that scuba diving can be hazardous business if you don’t know what you’re doing. Recently, the minimum age for a diver has been dropped. At first, it’s an alarming fact, but the reasoning behind it gives it a little more logic.

First, let’s look at the old rule vs. the new rule. Originally, a diver was required to be at least 12 or older in to qualify for junior certification. The new rule declares that children 10 and older are now eligible for junior certification. The only organizations that are going by the old, standard rule are the YMCA and the NAUI for the time being.

So, what’s the reason for this sudden change? Many are convinced that the age change will further promote the sport and make it available to more people. There are adults who love to scuba dive, but are hindered because they have younger children who cannot join them. Now, with the new rule in place, more families can enjoy family dives on their resort trips. As the future of diving is unfolding, experts are becoming aware of the fact that people diving as a family are one of the keys to making scuba diving even more popular.

There are still exceptions to the rule, however. It is still the instructor’s decision as to whether a child is mature enough to take the plunge. Just because you’re at the age of 10 doesn’t guarantee that you can suit up. Also, in PADI, children are limited to confined water of 20 feet at first and then introduced into 40 feet of open water. A certified adult or an instructor must also accompany juniors. They are certainly not allowed to dive alone.

More scuba diving rules can be found here.

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