How do you mentally prepare kids for their first dive?

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asked Mar 7, 2018 in Scuba Diving by Guyn (58 points)
How to prepare kids for their first dive?

Not technically, because this is something the instructor will do, but more physically & mentally?

2 Answers

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answered Mar 9, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)

If I had one comment, it would be to make it fun. As with any new thing, there are a lot of stressors, so take your time, and apply principles slowly and in a relaxed manner. Here’s a great article on training children, check it out. 

http://divermag.com/tips-for-teaching-kids-scuba-diving/

commented Mar 10, 2018 by Cvet (3,369 points)
SSI had a program called SCUBA Rangers it's a great program. Every student I've had we're ready to be divers.  Everyone who had gone through the SSI program  not only were good divers . Bit they would go back and correct their parents on their diving. One even restarted the dive program at the air force academy
commented Mar 21, 2018 by Guyn (58 points)
Thanks ! David B
I'll read it
commented Mar 22, 2018 by Guyn (58 points)
Interesting, thank you Cvet!
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answered Mar 8, 2018 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Depends on their age and maturity. If they are 10 or so, hire a personal Dive master to lead their dive. In my experience kids listen to others better than their parents. Make it fun dont get overly protective. Kids are not scared of diving, parents are scared for them. It only natural. Diving is a safe activity if you follow a few simple rules. I hope they have fun and dive for many years to come.
commented Mar 22, 2018 by Guyn (58 points)
This is exactly how I feel. thank you George for this answer.
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