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Scuba Diving Question #191563
03/10/06 01:14 PM
03/10/06 01:14 PM
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Dover Delaware
DoverDiver Offline OP
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Can my 12 year old son take a intro to diving course in AC I thought the age was 14 to get cert. but I see on the PADI site that they have a 10 and up jr. course??

Re: Scuba Diving Question #191564
03/10/06 01:55 PM
03/10/06 01:55 PM
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San Pedro
Kra-Z-K Offline
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hmmm, 14? I know many of my friends got cert at age 11 and 12 and I had a 12 yr old in my class in the states. Did it change?

Re: Scuba Diving Question #191565
03/10/06 02:23 PM
03/10/06 02:23 PM
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Denver, CO USA
RobertE Offline
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He should be able to. A child 10-14 years of age can obtain a jr open water certification if the parent and instructor agree that the child is mature enough to digest the material and perform the skills. Once certified they are limited to a maximum depth of 40 feet and must be accompanied by a certified parent or guardian.

When the child is 15 they can take a scuba skills update ( 4 hour update class) and become a full open water diver and take as many continuing ed courses they desire (advanced diver, nitrox, stress rescue, etc.). The only thing is they cannot become a dive con/dive master or instructor until they 18.

Re: Scuba Diving Question #191566
03/10/06 02:34 PM
03/10/06 02:34 PM
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There are other certification organizations out there other than PADI.

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