Diving – scuba diving – is one of the types of collective outdoor activities, including family, in which children feel like adults, and also learn to be extremely independent. We will analyze in more detail several key issues of this topic.
Will my child enjoy diving?
The popularity of diving is growing every year, today this hobby has become massive and even family. And where do children and teenagers begin their fascination with the underwater world? Of course, with the filing of the parents. If adults love this type of recreation and knowledge of the underwater world, they will certainly want to introduce their children to this. Parents bring the child to the first dive, and it is then that the child understands how interesting it is to him. However, one should not forget that children see this world differently from adults. And any impression received at an early age has a huge impact on the psyche of the child. So, some parents are forced to go to various circles and electives of their children against their will and desire, thereby discouraging interest for a long time on the imposed subject. Therefore, it is very important that the initiative to attend subsequent classes comes from the child himself. Then everything is a joy, and training, and working with equipment, and the study of theory.
However, scuba diving is an important task, and in the field of children’s diving, it is necessary to take into account the characteristics of the child’s body.
Diving for children differs in a number of aspects from adult diving.
Features of physical fitness of children. The equipment is quite heavy, in addition, the effect of high pressure under water is different for children and adults. Do not forget that the children’s body is still being formed.
Children do not always correctly perceive such concepts as safety precautions and responsibility. It is also more difficult for children to control themselves. There were several cases when teenagers forgot to check their equipment in time, and the dive had to be interrupted.
At school age, it is much more difficult to understand the laws of physics and physiology on which this safety technique is based.
At the same time, children, as a rule, are mastered under water much faster and easier than adults because of their curiosity, greater willingness to accept new things and cravings for adventure. They have significantly fewer psychological and physiological problems. For example, during adaptive dives (at depths of 1.5-3 meters), children are purged, as a rule, with a simple swallowing movement. At the same time, adults often do not immediately learn the necessary techniques for balancing the pressure in the cranial cavities, although the technique is completely uncomplicated and natural for humans.
The visual acuity inherent in children, the lack of fear and the willingness to learn new things open up endless possibilities for young divers, future champions, explorers of the ocean, travelers and romantics and just good people.
What is diving useful for the child’s body?
Swimming and exercise in water are a necessary element in the formation of the child’s body. Water has a general strengthening effect and enhances immunity. For children (and not only) swimming exercises in fins will be useful. And the use of a breathing tube positively affects the organs of the respiratory system. When swimming in flippers, the main load falls on the child’s legs and spine, but this load is distributed dynamically, evenly. When a child simply engages in the familiar styles of swimming in the pool, the main burden falls on his hands. Thus, scuba diving contributes to the uniform development of the muscles of the legs, back and arms. The experience of Russian and foreign trainers shows that many children who came to them with scoliosis and other defects of the spine and musculoskeletal system got rid of these problems for several years of training.
Another important question is how safe this activity is for children. In the modern world, where any type of activity implies the presence of potential danger (and diving is no exception), the task of parents is not to completely isolate the child, but to teach him how to cope with difficulties and minimize risk. Both of these aspects are initially envisaged in the program of each PADI course for children, so following simple rules makes diving a safe activity.
Parents themselves should not forget about safety. Sometimes you can hear from parents: “Please allow my child to dive deeper, he is so smart and strong, and very ahead of his age. He will succeed. ” Yes, it is possible that many children are able to master many skills at an early age and behave at a depth quite adequately. But the effect of gases at high pressure on the body of a child is very different compared to the body of an adult. In addition, children are not responsible for their actions.