FAQ: Learning Scuba Diving for Kids in Maui

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My favorite thing to do on this planet is to scuba dive.
— Buzz Aldrin

Most kids dream of being astronauts or a similar job that takes them away from everyday physics. Scuba diving can fulfill that dream.

When learning to scuba dive, one of the first lessons any instructor will tell you is that you are entering another world. Staying underwater for any length of extended time is unnatural for humans. This new reality will cause a blend of emotions which will level off into pure bliss.

For both the athletic and academic young students, diving is a buddy sport that removes the competitiveness and speed from the game, to focus your attention on going slow and relaxed. Diving blends both worlds of physical activity with mental problem solving to enhance the education of any student who enjoys teamwork, the environment and being in the water. 

If you have a child or children who dreams of learning how to dive, here's nine answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Junior Open Water Diver - How old does a diver need to be?

  • Kids between 10 to 14 years old can earn their PADI Junior Open Water certification. If they're younger, then they can begin by snorkeling and becoming comfortable swimming in the ocean and viewing the wildlife from above.

Open Water Diver - How old does a diver need to be?

  • To become a PADI Open Water diver, or to be promoted from being a PADI Junior Open Water diver, an individual needs to be 15 years old.

Paperwork?

  • All diving requires paperwork. There are 3 forms that need filled out. You can complete them on your diving day, and a parent or legal guardian can sign for children under 18. 
  • If your child has an existing medical condition, he/she will need to be cleared by a medical physician before diving. Please call 808-219-3336 for more info.

Does a parent or guardian need to join the dive or a PADI Certification for a diver under 18 years old?

  • No, but after certification, the diver must dive with a certified parent, guardian or PADI diving professional.

What are the depth limits?

  • 40' is the maximum depth for divers who are between 10-14 years old. For divers older than 15 years old, 60' is the maximum depth. When learning to dive in Maui, all the learning dive sites are under 40' and mostly average about 25' in depth.

Ratio?

  • When diving, children under 11 are kept at 2 divers per group.
  • If you have more than 2 divers between 10-11 years old, we can include another scuba instructor to stay within PADI's safety and training standards.

Does my child need to know how to swim?

  • Yes. To participate in scuba diving, students must know how to swim. If students are new to swimming, please call 808-219-3336 and we can schedule swim and snorkeling lessons before booking an introductory or certification dive.

Educational requirements?

  • Becoming a certified scuba diver does require educational standards. Dive students must be able to read and speak fluent in English, be able to memorize hand signals for underwater communication, and understand basic mathematics; addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. 

What if my child wears glasses?

  • If your kid wears glasses, the best solution is visiting a snorkeling shop in Maui and renting a prescription mask for either the day, or for the duration of your vacation. 

Diving is an investment of time and money but the rewards can be life changing, literally.
— Andi Cummings, "SDI Scuba Diver Interview", August 12, 2013

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Why learn scuba diving in Maui?

Maui has luxury pools everywhere, but an even better ocean full of sea turtles, tropical fish and coral. For kids, the 3 key benefits of learning to dive in Maui are: 

  • Building confidence and critical thinking skills while on vacation. Plus diving transforms learning basic physics from boring to fun! 
  • Awesome photos to share with their friends.
  • The best part of learning to dive in Maui is all confined open water trainings can take place in calm ocean waters instead of crowded pools. This allows students to spend more time in the ocean getting comfortable diving with wildlife and learning more about the underwater ecosystem.

Join me and learn how to dive.