If you have ever taught children to dive or snorkel you will know that the majority of them have no fear. Generally, we develop our fears and a more cautious nature as we mature (well most people do!). This makes children more enthusiastic to have a go and learn.
With that said, not everyone has the skills and patience to teach children. You either love or loathe dealing with energetic, enthusiastic and sometimes hard to control little people. But, if you are someone who loves introducing kids to our amazing underwater world then there are many tools available for you to use in your PADI Tool box.
PADI’s Bubblemaker and PADI Seal Team programs offer kids an opportunity to discover what it’s like to breathe underwater. Children who partake in either of these programs will grow up to be more confident in the water and there will be a greater chance of them becoming scuba divers when of the required age. With both these programs conducted in confined water, winter should not be an excuse to not offer these all year round.
There are many people within the industry who do a fantastic job to ignite our children’s curiosity, something that all PADI Professionals should be aiming to do. One example of this is Young Ocean Explorers in New Zealand. Fourteen year old Riley Hathaway and her dad Steve have created their own brand with the specific task of enticing our young people to explore the ocean and become ocean explorers themselves!
Having already completed season one of an underwater television series aimed at educating our youth about all the marine life and eco systems in our own back yard (also promoted with a book and DVD which has been sent into every primary school in New Zealand), they are already filming series two.
Let’s face it – it will be this next generation who will be tasked with protecting our ocean and promoting ocean conservation, so it’s in all of our best interests to join the cause and promote diving and the underwater world to our children.
If you would like any further information about teaching children or the programs and materials available, contact your PADI Regional Manager who will be more than happy to offer any advice to get you started.