With their natural curiosity and affinity to learn new skills, kids make excellent scuba divers. Scuba diving helps young people become more confident – above and below the surface – through training and exploration of our underwater world. A great way to deepen bonds and cultivate family relationships, scuba diving creates memories that will be shared for a lifetime!
PADI’s Junior Open Water Diver course is similar to the adult certification programme and prepares kids to become full-fledged divers when they are of age. To begin the programme, students must be at least 12 years old and be able to swim.
To ensure that young divers don’t exceed their limits, the Junior Open Water certification comes with restrictions. Divers 12-14 years old must dive with a certified adult and dives cannot exceed 18 meters / 60 feet.
After the age of 15, depth and buddy restrictions default to those of a regular PADI Open Water Diver. Divers who initially certified as a junior diver and wish to receive a new card as an Open Water Diver can order a replacement from PADI’s website.
We regularly teach many young divers between the ages of 12-18 to scuba dive and we know how keen you all are to go diving with your friends once the course is over. Diving is a social sport – you must always dive with a buddy! – so it’s also a fantastic way to meet others who share your interest in the underwater world.
In 2018 we launched Scuba Groms – our very own diving program! This program is aimed at already certified Junior and Open Water divers aged between 12-18, at any experience level.
The programme includes a double shore dive exclusively for young people, as a chance to buddy with friends and meet new ones while exploring Manly’s local marine reserves. All activities are always under the care and supervision of our Senior Instructors and Divemasters too.
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