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Diving and Children: Children and the Family



PADI MSDT Maryse Dare continues her Scubaverse blog with part three about family diving…

Children can benefit from diving, but the whole family can too. In some instances there will be children who learn to dive but their parents cannot; in other cases the children are learning because their parents have learned in the past. In this post we are exploring the family as a whole. The benefits of diving together are immeasurable. Diving develops communication skills and builds relationships. It is an opportunity to spend time together where the medium is water and diving creates shared experiences and makes memories.


Where a parent hasn’t dived for a while a refresher is always recommended. We are currently completing two refreshers over the period of a few months. We split the session into two; in one half the child dives with her parents. This has the benefit that they learn about each other as divers. In the other sessions she dives with the other children. By spreading out the refresher the parents are essentially repeating their confined dives of the open water skills, plus a few other skills usually completed in open water. They are also getting to learn more about their daughter’s dive ability to enhance their experiences when diving abroad.

Family Friendly UK Trips

There are lots of trips that children can join in with. Plymouth is an example of a location where there are plenty of shallow dives that children can access. Another example is the Farne Islands. These are two super trips that can incorporate the whole family. There is no reason why you cannot have a usual trip mixing a whole range of children. Sure, adults may have to watch their language and make more appropriate jokes than we otherwise may make on a trip, but the boats are generally big enough to allow a bit of space. There is also the option of chartering a boat and taking it out early with the family in the morning and a few of the club, then coming back and leaving the family to enjoy some other activities whilst you go back out for some deeper sites. The Mountbatten Centre in Plymouth lends itself to this as they offer lots of other water experiences such as kayaking. Gary Kelham is the skipper of Top Gun and is open to working flexibly.

Family Friendly Holidays

There are lots of opportunities for families to dive abroad together too. One example is Lanzarote which has some accessible and shallow dives. There is also lots to do on the surface which always helps too! One aspect we have explored is running a trip where we offer different accommodation so we are meeting on the boat only. We have also looked at offering the option to travel with our instructor to complete courses which is something Aquanauts is already doing successfully.

Younger Children

Where there are younger children in the family then perhaps they can try snorkelling and complete their skin diver certificate? They can develop skills and confidence that will include them in the water during training sessions, and when the family are on holiday.

Try Dives

Where there is a parent in the family who does not yet dive, offering a half price try dive will allow them to see what their child is experiencing. Even if it is a one-off experience it may give them a greater insight, and allow them to discuss their child’s diving in a different way.

There are many ways to welcome families into diving. By including the entire family there may be greater opportunities that they find to dive, and so we keep more divers in the water.

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PADI MSDT Maryse runs Ocean Diver, a dive club and school on the borders of South London and Surrey. After many years of warm water diving, she is now a committed UK diver and particularly enjoys introducing people to the delights of the UK! Find out more at

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Jeff chats to… author, avid cave diver and professional adventurer Steve Lewis (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to author, avid cave diver and professional adventurer Steve Lewis about life in general with a bit of diving as well!

Steve Lewis is also Director of Diver Training for RAID.

For more, visit Steve on Facebook at:

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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BSAC dives into the Red Sea with the launch of BSAC Egypt



BSAC has launched an exciting new licence agreement that will take BSAC diving and training in Egypt to a whole new level, with many more BSAC Diver Training Centres set to be created.

Following on from the success of BSAC’s longstanding license agreements with BSAC Japan, BSAC Korea and BSAC Thailand, BSAC Egypt will set the standard for BSAC diving and training in this key diving destination.

With the contract between BSAC and Blue Pearl Ltd (trading as BSAC Egypt) now formally signed, the new Hurghada-based licensee will welcome non-divers as well as all agency qualified divers to dive and train with one of the newly accredited BSAC Centres across Hurghada, Sharm, Dahab, Marsa Alam and Safaga.

Yasser Ragab, the new CEO of BSAC Egypt, who has worked in Red Sea diving for over 17 years, said he welcomed the opportunity to establish BSAC’s standards and training throughout the region. “The Red Sea is one of the wonders of the world and a bucket lister for all new and experienced divers. By working closely with BSAC, we want to grow the love of diving and this will enable us to issue diving qualifications in our own country.”

BSAC Egypt will work with both BSAC and Egypt’s Chamber of Diving and Water Sports (CDWS) to help deliver high standards of diving and training across the region. Sixteen Red Sea diving instructors and two snorkelling instructors have already undergone training to become BSAC accredited instructors, with work now ongoing for more centres to gain their BSAC Centre status.

The longer-term vision for BSAC Egypt is to have 30% of all Red Sea centres accredited to BSAC as soon as possible.

In the meantime, BSAC is providing all the necessary instructor and centre development to support BSAC Egypt through its first few years. BSAC Egypt will translate the core diver training materials into German, French, Polish and Russian to support the training of divers from around the world.

This video was shot over one of the instructor crossover courses last year in preparation for launch in preparation for launching BSAC Egypt:

BSAC’s Business Development Officer, Adrian Collier, said the partnership would open up opportunities for BSAC, as well as its clubs and members. “One of the most popular diving destinations, Egypt offers a wealth of diving for all abilities and any BSAC member will be welcomed to dive or train with any of BSAC Egypt’s centres. We will also be working closely with BSAC Egypt to get more people into diving, potentially leading to new club members back in the UK.”

BSAC Chair Maria Harwood welcomed the new partnership with BSAC Egypt. “The Red Sea is one of the world’s most popular diving destinations,” Maria said. “We’re thrilled to be working towards introducing more holidaymakers from around the world to diving the BSAC way. To work with Yasser and the team at BSAC Egypt is an exciting opportunity for all involved.”

For more information about BSAC visit their website by clicking here.


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