Many people start diving for the adventure and experience of discovering a new world underwater. Scuba divers get the unique opportunity to explore historical shipwrecks, Mayan cenotes, and brightly coloured coral reefs; as well as swim with marine life including sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and sharks. The ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface. If your goal is to “see the world” then you will need to learn to scuba dive!
A family activity
Diving is something you can all do together as a family. While adults may be in need of some rest and relaxation on vacation, kids are probably hoping to do more than just lounge by the pool. Scuba diving is a great way to have fun and be active on holiday, but it’s also an incredibly relaxing experience. And if diving isn’t your thing, you can hand the kids over to a dive instructor to keep them active while you relax on the beach!
Scuba diving requires divers to diligently check their equipment before diving and follow special procedures while on a dive. Through learning to dive, your kids will learn how to be responsible for themselves but also how to look out for their dive buddy. These skills are transferable to everyday life and your kids will be learning them in a fun and practical way.
By becoming a scuba diver, you are joining a world-wide community. You will meet other adventurous people and will always have something in common to talk about. We always dive in buddy teams and usually on a boat with other divers. After an amazing dive, it’s exhilarating to surface and talk about the experience with the people you shared it with. Divers also love to swap stories about previous dives and give tips on where to go and what to see.
Create lasting memories
What was your most memorable holiday so far? Your kids won’t forget a family diving trip. Not only will they have a holiday they can’t wait to tell their friends about, you will have shared in this experience together and have made memories that will last a lifetime.
Encourage Team Work
Divers always dive with a “buddy” so they must learn to work together as a team. You will be amazed to see how siblings that are prone to squabbling at home suddenly become supportive, encouraging and start to enjoy working together!
Teach your kids about physics and math in a practical way
Your kids will need to learn the laws of physics which apply to scuba diving, for example the Archimedes' Principle and Boyle’s law. They will also need to learn how to read dive tables and work out how long they can safely stay underwater for. Diving will also spark an interest in marine life and ocean conservation.
The feeling of zero gravity
Neutral buoyancy is one of the hardest skills to learn in diving but once you get it right, you will experience the feeling of weightlessness and the ability to move in three dimensions. When you have control of your buoyancy, you can move up or down just by breathing and left to right with a flick of your fin.