Scuba diving brings many benefits to children. This activity can have a very positive effect on physical, mental, intellectual and social development.
Let’s Take A Look At Some Of The Main Benefits.
- Scuba diving strengthens muscles and allows children to develop psychomotor skills.
- Improves lung capacity and heart and circulatory function.
- Encourage children’s maturity.
- Increase self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
- Encourage responsibility.
- It stimulates children’s imagination and creativity.
- Reinforce values related to teamwork, solidarity, and camaraderie.
Of course, children can be stressed even if they don’t bear the same burdens as adults. And doing activities like scuba diving can help relieve that anxiety positively.
Diving involves several risks, and fortunately, all of these risks are manageable. Still, we shouldn’t underestimate the risk factors.
- The dive instructor must be a qualified professional in teaching children as well as the dive activity itself .
- Children under the age of 8 have not yet developed enough lungs. So experts say it’s better not to dive for these kids.
- Children under the age of 12 are more likely to experience ear pain. Therefore, the instructor should be able to teach the skills related to decompression in the ear.
- The smaller the child, the greater the risk of hypothermia.
- To begin diving, you must be at least 150 cm (5 feet) tall and at least 45 kg (100 pounds) in weight.
Before starting scuba diving, children must first master swimming. In particular, it is important to acquire the skills related to the tube.
- The first part of the instruction is performed in the pool. Then the children will go out into the open waters.
- It is not good for a dive to last longer than 25 minutes.
- Children cannot be dive partners with each other. So each child has to dive in pairs with an experienced adult.
- Children must learn to not rise faster than their own air bubbles.
- It is medically forbidden to climb above 500 m (1,640 feet) after diving. This applies for 12 hours after diving.
Children should also have enough autonomy. You must be able to get on the boat yourself, and you must be able to pack and manage your own equipment.