We are frequently asked about age the requirements for scuba diving especial for children. Listed blow are the guidelines as per the Profeshional Assocation of Diving Instructors and our insurance company requirements.
Children aged 10 to 11 can try diving on for fun in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program or take the Junior Open Water Course. Certified Junior Open Water divers aged 10-12 can dive with a certified parent, guardian, or PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 m / 40 ft.
Kids from 12 to 14 can try diving on for fun with PADI Discover Scuba. They can also get certified with the Junior Open Water Course. With this certification, they can dive to 12 m / 40 ft with a certified adult diver.
The Junior Advanced Open Water Course is next, and kids can earn specialty ratings in interest areas like Night Diving and Underwater Photography.
Responsible Jr. AOW divers with PADI Medic First Aid, or equivalent first aid certification, can take the Jr. Rescue Diver Course. With this certification, 50 logged dives, and 5 specialties, kids can earn the coveted Junior Master Scuba Diver rating.
At age 15, all Junior-level certifications may be converted to their adult equivalents.
Teens aged 15 to 17 may take non-pro level PADI courses and share the same standards and limitations as adult divers. Teens aged 15 and older may take non-pro level PADI courses, and share the same standards and limitations as adult divers.