Are you contemplating studying learn how to dive however can’t discover the higher age restrict on getting licensed? What you may discover is a minimal age restrict of eight years previous for a PADI Bubblemaker Program or 10 years previous for Junior packages, however there isn't a higher age restrict on scuba diving. Minimal age limits are in place as diving has some inherent dangers and youngsters must be of an age the place they will perceive the dive concept element, and react to conditions responsibly quite than impulsively. So, in case you are taken with making an attempt scuba diving, your age gained’t be a barrier!
Taking over scuba diving a bit later in life does include some issues – and it has some vital advantages too! Learn on to seek out out extra from us and from PADI Diver Tanya Dredge who accomplished her PADI Open Water Diver course at age 55….
1. Well being and Health
No matter age, anybody who needs to attempt scuba diving must be in good well being and have an inexpensive degree of health. In some nations, a medical assertion out of your physician is required for all ages to verify that you're medically match for diving. In different nations there's a diver medical questionnaire, and a physician’s approval is just required in case you have any pre-existing medical circumstances. The diver medical, asks these over 45 years previous to reply questions relating to levels of cholesterol, familial historical past of coronary heart assault and way of life habits.
Usually talking, in case you are in fine condition with none medical well being points, you'll be good to go – and dive in!
2. Wholesome, Low-Influence Train
In case you are not somebody who enjoys going to the health club, diving is a good way to take care of your health degree. As a type of train, diving is low impression in comparison with strolling or jogging. Those that have stiff joints could also be granted aid by advantage of the weightlessness you expertise when underwater.
If you wish to hold diving then the secret's sustaining your general health degree – no matter what age you're!
three. Meet Individuals and Go Locations
Getting out and assembly new individuals who have a shared widespread curiosity isn’t all the time straightforward and it doesn’t get simpler with age.
For those who develop a love for scuba diving, you gained’t simply be embarking on a brand new pastime, you’ll additionally discover a new tribe! Scuba divers of all ages are usually individuals who wish to be lively, take pleasure in being outdoor, have a love of journey and a ardour for the ocean. You’ll meet new individuals on dive journeys, holidays and in lots of areas there are native dive golf equipment that maintain social occasions, gatherings and native seashore clean-ups.
Being outdoor, socializing and being bodily lively are all well-known for serving to us to remain energized and feeling youthful.
By Tanya Dredge: “PADI dive outlets present a fair enjoying area….and buddies! All of us obtain the identical coaching, should good the identical expertise after which all of us proceed to study. Diving with the PADI dive outlets connects you to a variety of individuals – totally different shapes, sizes, ages, genders and ethnicities. I've made some nice long-term pals and typically simply buddies for the day. Inclusivity for all.
The inclusivity of diving is among the causes, I really like the game. As a middle-aged lady I've been made to really feel insignificant, self-conscious and embarrassed about my physique. For somebody who just isn't an athletic individual, is uncoordinated and never robust, sporting actions might be fairly daunting and I typically really feel small, silly and inconsequential. I can truthfully say I've by no means been made to really feel that method diving. The PADI diving group have been supportive, beneficiant, uplifting and empowering. I really feel I've been embraced – cellulite and all”.
four. Uncover a Entire New World
Once you begin scuba diving you’ll actually be diving into a completely totally different world. It’s not simply the beautiful coral reefs and unimaginable marine life that may blow you away, it’s additionally how one can transfer in another way, see, hear and even talk in another way.
Once you’re underwater, be ready to expertise a sensory overload of color and life. The thrill of recognizing a fish that you simply haven’t seen earlier than, watching an historic sea turtle swim by, or an imposing manta ray swoop down from overhead. These are all unimaginable first-time experiences and there will probably be many extra to return!
5. Uncover a New You
By Tanya Dredge: “All of us journey by means of our lives in another way, taking totally different paths with totally different priorities. Many ladies of their 50’s are the place I'm. We've raised households, pursued careers, collected “issues”, had well being challenges, handled household crises after which we arrive right here. Mid 50’s with a second to breathe and understanding ourselves barely higher than we did at 18. We all know ourselves however typically it’s onerous to know the place we match. We're wanting more healthy our bodies, to have extra enjoyable, to problem and stretch our boundaries. We're eager to be ourselves not simply somebody’s mom, spouse, instructor, worker, boss. Discovering that area might be troublesome however I've discovered it in diving. I've discovered it within the exhale.
That first second as I breathe out and slowly descend not simply underwater but in addition deeper inside. I've discovered me in that launch. Discovered me within the first inhale as I transition to a different world; freed from the load of gravity and my every day obligations. I've discovered area in that pause between breaths, the place I transfer neither up nor down, neutrally buoyant, nonetheless, full”.
6. Increase Your Self-Confidence
Scuba diving is a number of enjoyable, nevertheless it’s not with out challenges if you find yourself studying. For divers of all ages there are sometimes elements of the PADI Open Water Diver Course that may trigger nervousness earlier than you attempt them. PADI programs are designed for divers of all ages and skills by using a constructing block technique of educating. The talents are damaged down into manageable steps with every paving the best way for the subsequent. Once you efficiently full the talents that originally made you nervous, you’ll really feel an unimaginable sense of accomplishment.
Most divers additionally discover that after finishing their Open Water Diver programs they typically really feel an elevated sense of self-worth of their every day lives too!
7. Only a Quantity
We hope that you simply’ve seen now that age is only a quantity relating to scuba diving. It’s not simply Tanya that has taken the plunge, annually increasingly individuals of their 50’s and over have gotten new PADI Divers. Check out Jacques Cousteau who continued to dive till his dying on the age of 87!
By Tanya Dredge: “I'm a part of a rising variety of ladies around the globe beginning their dive adventures later in life. Hopefully I can encourage lady my age to step out of their consolation zone, problem themselves, have enjoyable, be themselves, makes nice associates work together with nature and welcome the inclusivity of scuba diving. I hope you discover your area of interest as a result of I've discovered mine.”
All photographs offered by Tanya Dredge.