What is the minimum age for scuba diving?
This is a question we are asked a lot, particularly by people who are about to head off on a holiday with the children and are considering activities to keep the whole family busy while away.
Since 1999, the minimum age for scuba diving with PADI, SDI and SSI has been 10. Prior to this, it was 12. The Recreational Scuba Training Council lowered it.
For children younger than 10 years, PAID does have some provision.
PADI’s Bubblemaker and Seal Team programs are held in a pool in less than 6 feet of water. These are suitable for children from 8 years old. In addition, SSI has a “Scuba Ranger” program for 8- to 12-year-olds. This is also held in a pool only. Find out more about those here.
But the minimum age for scuba diving outside of a pool is 10 years old. Introductory scuba courses can be a brilliant way to entertain the family, so if you have children aged 10 or older, it’s a great way to spend some time.