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Old 08-30-2008, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default How young is too young to learn to dive?

My kids are still very young being 2 and 5 but I was curious as to when it would be appropriate to teach them how to dive. My 5 year old has been able to snorkel before he learned to really swim well. Dad is a fish and is in the water every second he can. The 2 year is a land dweller like me so I when should I expect to have to shell out $$$ for dive lessons for the 5 year old.

I saw that some of you started diving at age 10 and 11. Is that average? Guess I could ask MBT but thought I would ask ya'll first.

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:07 PM   #2
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They certify junior divers at age 12 now I believe.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:12 PM   #3
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There is no "legal" minimum, but most organizations have a minimum age below which they will not teach a child. The actual diving part is not the issue, it's understanding the physiology, being able to run the charts and understand what they tell you, etc. I personally learned at 13 (back in 78) when NASDS was king of the hill for dive training...it was physically and mentally much more demanding that the course my wife just did (PADI or NAUI...I can't recall which). A mature 10 year old mught be able to comprehend the information, while an immature 16 year old might not be a good candidate for diving.

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:25 PM   #4
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Thats kinda what I expected...I'm older than 16 but I can't quite fathom all the charts and pressures and stuff that ya'll do... andI am a drainage engineer.

Thanks for the feedback. I know my son will be an avid freediver long before he will be able to tank dive. I guess a pre-requisite for diving is you have to be able to carry the tank on your back up the dive ladder. I've seen you big guys struggle with that one.
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Old 08-30-2008, 06:46 PM   #5
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The minimum age to get certified is 10. Some 10 year olds are ready, some are not.

There arediscussions concerning the physiology of diving and how it may affect development in kids much younger than 10. Lung developmentandbone developmentare the primary concerns that usually come up.
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Ummmmm.......Carry? WHo is the "big guys" you seen struggling with the gear???oke
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The guys at MBT are the BEST in my book. Big Rich was very good with the class we had. They will be glad to answer any questions you might have and you will go away very satisfied.
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Her husband is Saltwater Dave...or nachldave. He goes to MBT laready, so she knows where the best instructors are!
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Old 08-31-2008, 09:40 PM   #9
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Drainage Girl (8/30/2008)I've seen you big guys struggle with that one.


really? thats surprising since i can get up the ladder just fine. to give u an idea on my size im 15 about 5' 8" weight about 120 and have 6% body fat. im built like a stick my first few dives when i had just turned 14 were rough getting up though.
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when i get certified it was minimum of 12 years age and that was 10 years ago..but thanksto my father i already knew how to dive as he would let me dive in the pool ( but i had to clean it ) and dive aroudn ft mcrea and what not so when i took the class i was ready. .

i would make sure they are old enough to realize the responsibilities of diving. it is very dangerous and not all 10 year olds or 12 years olds are old enough to realize it.. and big enough to carry all the gear around
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