PADI Family Dive Programs FAQ
Q&A for PARENTS:
Is Diving safe for Kids? What is the min. age?
Absolutely! Although Scuba Diving has been categorized as an extreme sport, it has a much better safety record when compared to other sports such as skiing, snowboarding or even soccer. Children as young as 5 years of age can start breathing compressed air under the PADI SASY course. At 8 years of age, children can earn the Bubble Maker Certification. And at 10 years of age, they can become a PADI Junior open water diver, diving into the waters as deep as 12 metres!
What is the pre-requisite for taking up any kids program?
The child must be healthy (there will be a medical checklist for the parents to sign before any in-water session). They must have a level of comfort and confidence in and around water. It is highly recommended that the child already knows how to swim prior to any course. For the Junior Open Water Diver Course, the student is required to swim 200 metres in any stroke or snorkel 300 metres with mask/snorkel fins AND float or thread water for 10 mins.
What if my child can't swim but still wants to learn SCUBA?
As diving is a water immersion sport, basic swimming skills will be very helpful to ensure that your child is comfortable underwater, as well as for safety purpose.
Some of our Scuba Instructors and Dive Masters are also swimming instructors! You can enroll your child with us or other swim schools (we can recommend) and once they are ready, they will have a blast learning how to SCUBA!
What Certifications are offered?
We offer PADI Certifications : Bubble Maker (min age 8 years old), The Seal Team (min age 8 years), Discover Scuba (min age 10 years), Junior OWD (min 10 years), Junior AOWD (min 12 years), Emergency 1st response (no min age) and Junior Rescue course (min age: 12 years and above). We also offer The Submersibles Kidz Scuba Program, a pre-Open Water course that ease the child into the PADI Junior Open Water Certification.
What Does PADI Stands for?
PADI is the acronym for Professional Association Of Diving Instructors. It is a Worldwide Scuba training organization founded in America. It is currently the market leader for dive training and as their tagline says it’s : “the way the world learns to dive!” . All our Scuba Professionals are PADI certified. For more information about PADI, check out: www.padi.com
How often do you conduct the kids programs?
For the past years, we’ve conducted most kids pool programs during the November and December Period. However, we are planning the programs to coincide with the School holidays, so check out our course schedule!
What does my child get after completing the course?
After each course, your child will be proud to be presented a certification card or/and wall certification! For the PADI courses, they will receive an internationally recognized certification card. For the Submersibles Kidz program, they will get a cool Submersibles card and wall cert.
Last but not least, Your child will have happy and fun memories!
Besides Fun, what else can my child get out of the sport?
Like any other sport, Scuba diving helps to develop your child’s motor skills. The sport is not only physically challenging, but knowledge and equipment intensive as well (but of course, the kids courses are adjusted to cater to kids abilities). As your child goes up the Scuba education ladder, s/he will learn about the science of scuba, equipment, how to calculate and plan a dive, learn about the environment and marine life.
Will the equipment be too heavy or too big for my child?
If your child is under 10 years of age, they will gear up in the water so that they will not feel the weight of the scuba tank on their backs. Our instructors will use good judgement on your child’s ability to carry the equipment.
Our Instructors will also book for baby tanks (8 litre tanks, smaller then the normal 12 litre ones) for the courses. We have several sets of XS and XXS BCDs, Baby mouthpieces for the regulators and kids mask/snorkels and fins.
How do I enroll my child/ren?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When do I have to pay?
All course fees must be paid prior to the course or on the 1st day of the lesson. For Junior Open water, Junior Advanced and Junior Rescue courses, 2 passport size photos are also required.
All trip fees have to be paid at least 2 weeks to a month prior to departure.
Q&A for KIDS
What does SCUBA stands for?
SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
Some have cheekily called it Self Confessed Underwater Breathing Addicts!
What’s inside a SCUBA Tank?
AIR! That you breathe. It comprises of 21 percent Oxygen and 79 percent Nitrogen
Is Scuba Diving difficult to learn?
Scuba Diving is EASY and FUN to learn. All you have to do is to be comfortable in water and…Breathe! You must always listen to your instructor too.
What if I need to sneeze while I’m underwater?
Just sneeze! You can sneeze, swallow, eat, drink and even vomit underwater. Join the class and we’ll explain to you how!
What if water gets into my mask?
One of the 1st few skills you will master in your course is Mask Clearing. If water gets into your mask, you will learn to confidently clear the water from the mask by breathing out from the nose!
Can I play with the underwater marine creatures?
As a rule of thumb, you should never touch any of the marine animals. Corals are animals also not plants. By touching a coral, not only will you hurt yourself, but hurt the coral as well. Similarly, by touching or “playing” with marine animals may unwittingly hurt yourself and them.
However, you can enjoy passive interaction with these wonderful creatures, like watching nemos (clown fishes) swim near your masks and back to their anemone home.
What marine creatures are dangerous or poisonous?
A poisonous creature is usually very colourful and pretty or very ugly. Most marine animals are only aggressive when they are being defensive. As mentioned above, keep to the “no touching” rule and you’ll be fine!
Can I ride on a turtle?
A definite No No.
Will sharks eat me?
Only if you eat sharks fin (just kidding!) . Most reef sharks are not aggressive to humans. In fact, most scuba divers scare away the sharks instead of the other way round!