Youngest Dragon Diver Trained To Junior Open Water Diver Level
PADI's Youth Diving Program allows children as young as 8 years old, to start to experience the under water world. At 10 years of age they can earn their PADI Junior Open Water Diver Certification and then the underwater world is theirs to explore!
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Isabella receiving her Certificate from Mick Smith
PRLog (Press Release) - Aug. 22, 2013 - PROTARAS, Cyprus -- Isabella Smith has earn't the qualification of PADI Junior Open Water Diver just 2 months after her tenth Birthday. Isabella, like most children, love being underwater, but to make it safe, all the normal skills and drills have to be mastered. For children, this can be quite a challenge, not just for the child but also the instructor. A calm and patient attitude need to be present at all time even if you are screaming at them in your mind. Patience from the instructor promotes confidence in children, and even though young Isabella could talk the hind legs off a donkey, she concentrated on the skills at hand when needed. Learning new skills can be quite daunting too but once mastered kids want to show them off all the time. This can become quite annoying but I would never stop a child from practising a mask removal and replacement, or "Out Of Air" drills. Adults are happy to complete the drill once whilst children want to do it over and over again.
The main reason we receive requests to teach children this young to dive is because one or both parents are divers. Providing the children can keep their concentration on you the instructor, I would advise that parents are included in the training where possible, even if it is just for the final qualification dive. Isabella and I were joined by her parents, Stuart and Lucy and once all the skills were complete and we were on the fun part of the dive, Stuart was invited to buddy his daughter without having to operate her BCD, hold on to her or carry out any other procedures we normally do when taking children out on "Discover Scuba Diving Experiences". A proud moment for any parent!! Well Done Isabella!!