The Best Places for Kids to Get Advanced Open Water Certified

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Whether or not you might have a household of divers in search of their subsequent nice journey, or you recognize an adolescent who’s enthusiastic about underwater exploration, the Advanced Open Water Diver course:

  • Unlocks a number of the world’s greatest dive websites
  • Permits you to see extra of the underwater world with higher confidence
  • Opens the door to enjoyable reminiscences and new adventures

Through the PADI® Superior Open Water course, you’ll discover new locations with a PADI Teacher by your aspect. The course is all about advancing your expertise, not making dangerous dives. There’s no examination; it’s all about honing your expertise and making an attempt new issues.

The Superior Open Water course consists of 5 dives:

  • 1 deep dive
  • 1 navigation dive
  • three specialty dives

Divers can select no matter specialty units curiosity them (underwater imaging, fish identification, night time diving, and so on). That stated, some specialty dives have age restrictions. If in case you have youngsters youthful than 15, please point out this to the PADI Dive Shop once you e-book the course.

If you wish to discover a brand new diving locale, under are a couple of family-friendly locations to think about from the specialists at PADI Travel®. Need to simplify your journey planning? Take a look at the household dive journeys obtainable by means of Kids Sea Camp.

In the event you (or your baby) are directionally challenged, no worries. The clear water within the Cayman Islands makes the Superior Open Water navigation dive rather a lot simpler. There are additionally loads of specialty diving alternatives together with:

  • Boat diving
  • Enriched air nitrox (12 and older)
  • Fish ID 
  • Night time diving (12 and older)
  • Underwater imaging
  • Underwater naturalist
  • Wreck diving on the USS Kittiwake (12 and older)

Households in Europe in search of a vacation vacation spot that’s not too distant ought to contemplate Gozo. Throughout summer time and early autumn, the water is heat and visibility is reliably 30 metres/98 ft. There are additionally many family-friendly lodges. Specialty diving alternatives embrace (however will not be restricted to):

  • Boat diving
  • Dive Towards Particles® (12 and older)
  • Dry go well with
  • Enriched air (12 and older)
  • Fish ID
  • Night time diving (12 and older)
  • Wreck diving (12 and older)

Nationwide Geographic Traveler rated Palau the #1 scuba diving destination for families. It has numerous diving alternatives and loads of actions for non-divers.

In Palau, you possibly can dive historic WWII wrecks, search for mandarin fish at sundown and expertise two of probably the most exhilarating dives within the Pacific: Blue Nook and German Channel. Anticipate to see reef sharks, manta rays and different bucket record creatures. 

Drift diving and shark conservation are simply two of the various specialty dives you'll be able to attempt in Palau. That will help you slender down the choices, listed here are a number of we advocate for teenagers:

  • Boat diving
  • Drift diving (12 and older)
  • Enriched air (12 and older)
  • Fish ID
  • Shark conservation (12 and older)
  • Underwater imaging
  • Wreck diving (12 and older)

There’s just one draw back to taking your loved ones to Fiji –  you might by no means need to go anyplace else. The ample marine life, heat water, pleasant individuals and lovely underwater landscapes are (in a phrase) magical. Ask anybody who’s been there.

In case your youngsters are inquisitive about underwater imaging and/or fish identification, Fiji is a superb place for each. Here's a brief record of different specialty dives to think about:

  • Boat diving
  • Enriched air (12 and older)
  • Fish ID
  • Night time diving (12 and older)
  • Shark conservation (12 and older)
  • Underwater imaging
  • Underwater naturalist

Twenty-five % of the marine life in Hawai’i is discovered nowhere else on earth, making it a terrific place to go in case your youngsters need to attempt fish identification and/or study extra about underwater ecosystems. Utilizing underwater scooters is one thing the entire household will take pleasure in. Take a look at the video above.

  • Boat diving
  • Diver propulsion car (12 and older)
  • Fish ID
  • Night time diving (12 and older)
  • Shark conservation (12 and older)
  • Underwater imaging
  • Underwater naturalist

For a very memorable expertise, go to Maui between December and February. Almost each dive journey will probably be a whale watching journey and you could hear the Humpbacks singing underwater. The Massive Island is a superb vacation spot year-round due to its legendary manta ray night time dive.

Don’t overlook to ask what extra-special specialty dives can be found. Some dive outlets might have full face masks you possibly can attempt, an underwater impediment course for training buoyancy, or a coral backyard the place you possibly can assist rebuild broken reefs. 

Junior Superior Open Water – What You Have to Know

The minimal age to start out the Superior Open Water course is 12. Divers youthful than 15 earn a Junior Superior Open Water certification which mechanically turns into a daily Superior Open Water certification on their 15th birthday. Any replacement certification card or eCard bought after the diver’s 15th birthday will routinely present an Superior Open Water Diver (not Jr. Superior Open Water Diver) certification.

After receiving a Jr. Superior Open Water certification, divers 12 and older improve their most depth restrict to 21 meters/70 ft. Divers (of all ages) ought to all the time dive inside the limits of their expertise and by no means dive deeper than they really feel snug.

Right here’s a brief breakdown of the certifications youngsters can earn at totally different ages:

  • Divers 15 and older can turn out to be Superior Open Water Divers.
  • Divers 12-14 earn a Junior Superior Open Water certification.
  • Youngsters 10-11 can full three specialty dives and the navigation dive, then credit score all 4 in the direction of an Superior Open Water certification once they’re sufficiently old.

Reminiscences Final Longer Than Issues
As our pals at Kids Sea Camp say, “give them every week they’ll keep in mind ceaselessly.” Sharing new adventures is best than something you should purchase in a retailer. The reminiscences last more, and studying new expertise improves self-confidence. 

Your loved ones’s subsequent nice journey is only a click on or name away. Contact a PADI Dive Center to get started.

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