Scuba diving is not always for teenagers and adults alone. Due to its increase in popularity as a sport and as a hobby, some manufacturers of assorted kids scuba gear are also venturing in creating scuba equipment for kids. However, don’t let them pick their own scuba equipment; as older individuals, it is always our duty to be responsible in picking the right gear for them.
The Right Age
There is a great variety of scuba equipment out there to the point that the array of options might give you a hard time selecting the appropriate gear for the kids. Some manufacturers even create scuba gear strictly for a specific age (e.g. for 8 years only, 7 years old, et cetera). If a person wishes to let their kids enjoy scuba diving, experts recommend that they should be at least eight years old before dabble in scuba diving.
Reminder: Seek advice from professional scuba divers or your local dive shop for recommended equipment for kids. This ensures that your kid will be exposed to fewer underwater risks.
If in Doubt, Seek Professional Medical Help
Deep waters are inherently dangerous and life-threatening to scuba divers. They are even more so for a child. That is why if you still have doubts about the safety of your child then consider seeking advice from medical professionals regarding the matter. That way they can personally evaluate the child if he/she is physically and mentally fit enough to try out the hobby.
Reminder: Though some recommend that a child should be around the age of eight or so before trying out scuba diving, there are still some medical professionals who oppose the idea especially if they deem a child to be physically and/or mentally unfit to go diving in deep waters. Take the doctor’s advice by heart and let your child try scuba diving when he/she is at an older age.
Picking the Right Scuba Equipment
It is oftentimes a challenge to select and find scuba equipment for children. Chances are, most scuba equipment won’t fit them. To make matters worse, because child scuba divers are rare, items that fit them are too. To surmount this challenge, you can start by listing down all the necessary scuba equipment that the child needs (e.g. wetsuit, dive computer, dive mask, et cetera) then visit your local dive shop and inquire about the items’ availability. If the items are not available from any brick-and-mortar dive establishment, you can try purchasing the items online from a reliable and credible scuba diving online shop.