Staycations Don't Have to Delay Youth Diver Training
With the lifting of travel restrictions uncertain and expensive, it looks like 2021 is set to be a summer of staycations. PADI is reminding people, however, that there are almost 200 PADI Dive Centres located across the UK, giving children the opportunity to take up scuba diving without having to venture abroad.
The waters around the UK have much to enjoy for children keen to learn new skills and enjoy underwater adventures. PADI's youth diving programmes give both parents and children the opportunity to try diving to see if it's right for them - and perhaps lead to enjoyable family diving holidays in the future.
PADI's Bubblemakerand Seal Team programmes are designed specifically for young children and present good opportunities to determine if children are ready to take on a more serious scuba diving certification programme.
PADI's Bubblemaker is a one-day programme for children aged 8 and older, conducted in a pool or confined water environment with a maximum depth of two metres - similar to the Discover Scuba Diving programme. The Seal team programme - also for children aged 8 and above - is a more extensive course, more akin to a dive certification course, covering basic scuba diving skills as well as buoyancy control, environmental awareness and underwater photography.
The full PADI Open Water Diver course is available to children age 10 and over, who will receive a Junior Open Water Diver Certification requiring adult/dive professional supervision at all times, and which can be upgraded to the 'adult' card once they reach the age of 15