Posted by Wayne on July 29, 2003 at 20:47:22:
In Reply to: Min. age to dive? posted by Dwight Mann on July 29, 2003 at 17:05:31:
One of my 4 diving daughters certified at 10. I have to say it is not for every kid and it is certainly not appropriate for them to dive with most adults!
There are issues with youth diving that are serious. get them the least bit bent and they may have thier growth stunted, or so it is theorized. But the risk of drowning is the most common one expressed. If you dive with a kid, you are diving solo as far aas having a backup for yourself.
The gear does not work for little kids. They have weight belt problems. There are a host of issues to deal with.
But I am glad we let her dive at 10. The others were all older when they learned and this one was well prepared whenshe did the class. It is a fun family passtime. But she is mostly a vacation diver. IT is just so hard on me to take her diving locally!
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