Checklist for ensuring your kid is ready to SCUBA dive on Bonaire!
Many families flock to Bonaire over the year-end holidays, so now is the perfect time to take a few moments and go over these five tips to ensure your child has a wonderful experience SCUBA diving.
Kids and SCUBA.
It’s very important for all new divers, and even more so for kids who want to learn to dive, that they have easy and fun experiences on their first initial dives. By having fun while learning, it practically ensures they will continue to dive and will have a new hobby for life.
On the other hand, your child shouldn’t be pushed into it, if they are not yet ready.
So how can I tell if my kid is ready to learn to dive?
- Card him or her. All certifying agencies offer an adult open-water certification at age 15, and a junior open-water card at age 10, which usually requires the child to dive with a certified adult. There are also introductory experiences starting at age 8, such as PADI’s Bubblemaker program. Most of Bonaire’s dive facilities can provide these courses for your kids.
- Be honest. Does your child have the strength and coordination necessary for scuba diving? Will your child pay attention to the training and follow the safety rules? If your child isn’t quite coordinated yet or isn’t disciplined or focused in other educational settings, wait a bit longer. There are plenty of other kid-friendly activities to do on Bonaire!
- Keep it fun. Remember the ultimate goal: for your child to enjoy sharing a sport you love. Offer plenty of praise and leave the training to qualified instructors. Bonaire’s dive industry is fully developed with instructors who give quality and careful instruction.
- Get the right stuff. It’s important to get gear that fits your child. Ill-fitting gear that is uncomfortable and hard to use will make learning difficult — and possibly dangerous. Any Bonaire dive facility can assist you with getting the right gear for your child.
- Consider an alternative. Don’t push a child into diving if he or she isn’t ready to take that first giant stride — they should be as interested in the underwater realm as you are. Start with snorkeling, and let him or her set the pace to make the experience fun. Windsurfing or kayaking are other good activities to enjoy on Bonaire with your kids!
Read the entire article: How To Get Your Kid Ready For Diving
Bonaire Watersports Programs for Kids.
Several of Bonaire’s resorts or watersports operators have special programs just for kids. If you are thinking of introducing your child to any watersport while on Bonaire, get in touch with these providers of children’s programs.
(Source: Sport Diver Magazine)
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Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.