And now,a completely different controversy - certifying children

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Posted by brianc on November 17, 2000 at 11:05:20:

Last month, I DM'd for an OW class during which some referal students joined on the last day. They were a family that included a 12 y.o. On the first dive, I ended up towing the kid (and both parents) back to shore very shortly into the dive.

Last night, I noticed a young kid in the shop taking an OW final.

I'm considering telling the Course Director that I will not DM for classes that include children. I think that conditions are too harsh for them here.

I have had lots of experience with children in swimming lessons. My mom was a YMCA instructor, I practically grew up in a pool. I was an LA County Junior Lifeguard as a kid. I worked with kids as a volunteer at a nature center on a beach in Florida. I have very limited experience with kids doing scuba though. I'd be interested in hearing others' experience and opinions.

BTW. Please direct all flames to the usual recipients...

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