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What are the age requirements for kids?

Discussion in 'AUSI: Associated Underwater Scuba Instructors' started by Boatlover, May 13, 2009.

  1. Boatlover

    Boatlover Angel Fish

    What are the minimum age restrictions for certification for children?
  2. adurso

    adurso Solo Diver

    10 years of age for most agencies. You will be inundated shortly with those who will explain, at length, why this is a bad idea.
  3. Standingbear56

    Standingbear56 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Somewhere Underwater in Upstate New York
  4. mselenaous

    mselenaous Island girl ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Key Largo, FL... Dive Capital of the World
    In summary:
    PADI Bubblemaker/Seal Team is for 8-10 yrs olds restricted to pool activities only.
    PADI Jr. Open Water starting at age 10 (provided the parent feels the child has the maturity to make critical life-saving decisions in a crisis). Classes are restricted in size to max of 4 students when any of the students is below age 12 (limit 2 children per class). Certified children ages 10-15 must dive with the parent or an insured Pro (Divemaster, Instructor, etc.). They are limited to 40 ft depth. If they complete Jr. Advanced OW then children are limited to 70 ft depth. Children age 15+ recieve an adult OW certification and up may dive with any certified diver provided they have parental consent.

    I don't have the info to compare this with other agencies' criteria.
  5. Slamfire

    Slamfire Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada
    Irrespective of what training agencies have as a policy, you should be aware that there may be long term health risks associated with diving during preteen and teen years.

    You can read more here.
  6. rkenley

    rkenley Instructor, Scuba

    As this request is to the AUSI forum, here are the age limits for AUSI. Note, this information is freely available at:
    For registered visitors. Visit www[remove_me].ausi.com.au to register.

    AUSI Scuba Experience (Introduction to Scuba) - At least 8 years
    AUSI Scuba Adventure (Introductory Scuba Dive/Resort Dive) - At least 12 years
    AUSI LEVEL I SCUBA DIVER (Supervised Scuba Diver) - At least 12 years
    AUSI LEVEL II SCUBA DIVER (International Open Water Diver) - At least 12 years
    AUSI LEVEL III SCUBA DIVER (Advanced Open Water Diver (30m)) - At least 15 years
    AUSI RESCUE - At least 15 years
    AUSI LEVEL IV SCUBA DIVER (Deep Diver) - At least 16 years
    AUSI LEVEL V SCUBA DIVER (Rescue + Deep)- At least 16 years
    AUSI Level VI Professional (Dive Master) - At least 18 years
    AUSI SCUBA ASSISTANT - At least 16 years
    AUSI Assistant Scuba Instructor - At least 18 years
    AUSI Level I Scuba Instructor (Resort Diver Instructor) - At least 18 years
    AUSI Level II Scuba Instructor (Open Water Scuba Instructor) - At least 18 years
    All higher instructor levels require AUSI Level II Scuba Instructor

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