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Reef Report for Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Diving with Children in Australia
General Guidelines for families.

We get lots of questions related to children diving in Australia, so we thought it wise to answer them all in one place for you. If we missed answering your question let us know, and we’ll answer it, and add the answer to the list below:

Parent supervision: Children under 16 must always be supervised by a parent or guardian, unless they are engaged in a dive course, intro scuba dive, guided snorkel trip or guided scuba dive.

Age Requirement on board: Most boats will accept children of any age, subject to the supervision rule above. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises There are a very few exceptions, if you let us know the ages of your children we can help you find a suitable trip to the reef. Many boats welcome parents with infants, some live aboard boats even provid cots for families with very young children. Let us know what you are looking for and we'll help find it for you!

Age Requirement, snorkeling: no minimum age requirement.

Age Requirement, intro scuba dives: you must be at least 12 years old to do an intro scuba dive.

Age Requirement, dive courses: For open water dive courses the minimum age limit is 12 years old. Please note that there is a physical maturity component in the required Australian dive medical, not all 12 and 13 year olds, especially boys, pass the physical for this reason. To remove this uncertainty we recommend that families with 12 and 13 year olds complete their dive courses at home, then come here to dive.

Age Requirement, referral dive courses: The same Australian dive medical is required of an referral dive course student, and for the same reason we recommend that 12 and 13 year-olds complete their dive courses at home.

Depth Limit, for junior aged certified divers: Any diver under 16 years old is required to dive with a parent, guardian, or dive instructor, to a depth that cannot exceed 8 meters

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