How Young Is Too Young to Learn Scuba Diving?

Scuba diving is an exciting adventure that can be learned by practically anybody. In fact, every year people of all ages are discovering the wonders of scuba diving.

While there are some minimum age restrictions, even these have been lowered by some agencies that offer scuba certification. There are now modified noncertification programs for children as young as 8 years old that allow the youngest divers to be introduced to scuba diving under strict supervision and at maximum depths of about 6 feet.

Oahu Scuba Diving — Junior Divers

Many scuba diving training facilities offer certification for children between the ages of 10 and 12 years old. These “junior divers” typically dive under the supervision of a scuba professional or scuba certified adult at limited depths.

Once children reach the ages of 15 to 16, they generally can receive the same scuba certification as adults, although it is always up to their parents to decide whether they are mature enough emotionally and physically to participate in scuba certification programs.

Oahu Scuba Diving — Older Adults

There is no maximum age limit on older adults who want to learn how to scuba dive. As long as they have the physical and mental conditioning to participate in the sport, they can learn how to scuba dive.

Many older adults are still enjoying scuba diving well into their 70s and even their 80s.

People with handicaps also can participate in scuba diving activities with the assistance of specially trained diving instructors.

Scuba diving is one of the great non-discriminatory sports that can be enjoyed by practically anybody. If you are healthy enough physically to handle the equipment and are emotionally mature enough to understand the rules and take responsibility for your own safety as well as that of your diving partner, you can scuba dive safely for nearly your entire life.

 

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