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Starting my daughter diving

Discussion in 'New to Scuba Diving' started by Andyjloft, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. Andyjloft

    Andyjloft Member

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    Hi all, just a quick question. My daughter wants to do her open water this year does anyone have any opinion as to who is best for initial training, my lds is ssi but i have access to a padi centre as well. Personally i found the ssi training more structured but i would really like to get a second opinion from you all.

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  2. Vanny

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    Sleepless night ?!

    How old is your daughter ? Assuming she is fairly young I’d go with the centre that you feel will train her well and that she’ll get on well with.

    Probably not explaining myself very well, but the usual mantra of it’s all about the instructor not the agency is still true but the quality’s you may look for in a tech instructor may be quite different to the qualities your daughter will appreciate learning to dive.

    I’m reasonably well involved with my BSAC club but my kids learnt at 12 on hols with Padi at a dive centre we’d been to before and felt they’d enjoy that experience.
    Their pushing 14 now and starting to crossover to sports divers but they’ve already established a liking and an understanding of the sport.

    Sure she’ll love it.
     
  3. Vanny

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    Sleepless night ?!

    How old is your daughter ? Assuming she is fairly young I’d go with the centre that you feel will train her well and that she’ll get on well with.

    Probably not explaining myself very well, but the usual mantra of it’s all about the instructor not the agency is still true but the quality’s you may look for in a tech instructor may be quite different to the qualities your daughter will appreciate learning to dive.

    I’m reasonably well involved with my BSAC club but my kids learnt at 12 on hols with Padi at a dive centre we’d been to before and felt they’d enjoy that experience.
    Their pushing 14 now and starting to crossover to sports divers but they’ve already established a liking and an understanding of the sport.

    Sure she’ll love it.
     
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    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the others - it's the centre not the agency. I've seen juniors being trained by a PADI centre at the film studios in Basildon, well kitted, very enthusiastic. I've just moved from PADI to take a BSAC sports diver course as I felt that added more relevance for UK diving. What sort of diving is your daughter likely to do?
     
  5. Andyjloft

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    at this point mainly uk diving on the south coast . BSAC may be the way forward after completing her OW i will have to discuss it with her once she passes.
     
  6. Tom46

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    Hi Andy. How old is she?


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  7. Andyjloft

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    She will be 10. She is a very level headed 10 and has done scuba rangers in the past and I have every faith in her.
     
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    Cool. I’d look for a centre local to you that emphasise their DBS and Safeguarding credentials and who teach schools etc. The instructors will be comfortable with children and more attuned to how children learn. Don’t know where you’re based but Divecrew where I teach specialise in teaching children and young adults and also adaptive teaching for disabled and those with a mental health disability. Have a look around Andy and see who’s. Near you and ticks the right box’s.


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