Sending your child on a SCUBA trip alone can be scary and many parents have questions. We took some time to ask one of our Jr. Diver Instructors, Kurt Schafer of SCUBA Dive It Inc., a few of the most common questions. Read on to see what he has to say, and if you have additional questions, ask us!
What will my child do and learn in SCUBA training with you?
There are three sections to the PADI Junior open water SCUBA diver program:
Here are the complete details on the PADI Junior Open Water SCUBA Diver Program
What safety precautions do you take with middle schoolers?
Safety is our number one priority for all divers. When it comes to Junior divers, we have additional safety precautions such as supervision ratios, depth restrictions and a more conservative students to instructor ratio.
Can my child be separated from the boat?
It is highly unlikely. All divers dive in the buddy system. Each group of four divers will have a group leader and a dive master with them at all times. There is also an instructor and dive master roaming around from group to group ensuring everyone is where they’re supposed to be. There is also a dive master and a captain on board the boat providing topside support at all times.
What is my child breathing?
Air: 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% trace gases. Our brand-new compressors and state-of-the-art filtration system provides the cleanest certified air in town. Our area is certified every four months by an independent agency. Air certification is available upon request.
What marine life will my child encounter?
On a typical dive, students will encounter a wide variety of fish and crustaceans and the occasional mammal, such as turtles, dolphins and manatees.
How prepared are you for an emergency?
We believe in preventing emergencies by not letting situations get out of control whil
e in the water. This is why we have a zero-tolerance policy for students not following the rules. However all of our instructors are trained in first aid, CPR and water rescue. Our dive locations are also readily accessible to local fire rescue and lifeguards.
What are the unexpected lessons learned when middle schoolers SCUBA dive?
One of the great things about SCUBA diving is it instills a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. They begin to understand that there is an entire world under water.
Still not sure? Watch kids tell you all about their diving experience!