Posted by Ken Kurtis on August 06, 2001 at 18:46:54:
In Reply to: 10 years old Certified Diver. posted by Dalia on August 06, 2001 at 12:12:29:
My concern with certifying ANY 10-year old (and even some of the 12-15 year olds) is not whether they're "fit" to dive (assuming that to be the physical capability) but where they're mentally capable of diving.
I will contend that a 10-year old doesn't have a real appreciation and understanding that scuba diving can kill you.
I will contend that a 10-year old, a 4th grader, who probably hasn't been exposed to algebra yet, can't possibly have a good understanding of the physics of Boyle's Law, Dalton's Law, and Henry's Law, and why any of these guys matter to us in diving.
I will contend that a 10-year old lacks the wisdom and life experience to judge when a dive is too dangeous, let alone the moxie to tell his buddy - probably his parent - that they should abort a dive the parent is eager to do.
Not too sound too morbid about it, but a friend of mine who has worked at chambers (this is NOT Karl Huggins), is also VERY uncomfortable with the 10-year old cert, and has suggested that a lot of people who are pushing this now will sing a different tune when a 10-year old certified "diver" comes out of a chamber in a body bag.
Co-owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
Beverly Hills, Ca.
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