Kiddos Go Underwater
Some children treat areas with water as a fun place to play while others are afraid of water. Introducing children to open water in the form of pools, rivers and beaches and training them with basic skills to survive in water from an early age will make them more confident swimmers and could help them avoid drowning. Bali International Diving Professional…
Text by Kartika D. Suardana
Photos courtesy of Scuba School International (SSI)
Some children treat areas with water as a fun place to play while others are afraid of water. Introducing children to open water in the form of pools, rivers and beaches and training them with basic skills to survive in water from an early age will make them more confident swimmers and could help them avoid drowning.
Bali International Diving Professional, a prominent dive centre located in Sanur, conduct a Scuba Ranger Club, a course for children with a minimum age of 7 to learn scuba diving and get certified as an SSI Scuba Ranger. The program, which lasts five days, will provide children with not only fun, but also useful knowledge that they won’t get at school.
I enrolled my 8 year old nephew for this program as the first step in introducing him to the underwater world. On the first day, the friendly instructor introduced him to snorkelling. He was so excited to learn how to wear a mask, breathe through the snorkel and use fins to swim faster. The instructor used games and toys, such as balls, frisbees and hula hoops, to make the kids relax and enjoy their learning time.
When my nephew got home, he couldn’t wait for the next day. On the second day, they were introduced to the scuba diving world. My nephew came home with lots of stories about how cool scuba gear is, he told me that a cylinder is filled with air and attached with a regulator so he could breath underwater, and he also wore a magic vest called a “Buoyancy Control Device,” which helped him to float on the surface and he could inflate and deflate it according to his needs. He was very proud that he could assemble the scuba gear himself.
The third and the fourth day they repeated the skills learned on the second day, played more games underwater and learned new skills underwater. The instructor also introduced the pupils to marine animals, such as a variety of fish, squid, shrimp, octopus, jellyfish, and so on.
Parents are encouraged to come every day during the program to support their kids but on day 5, the kids demonstrated all the skills they had learnt during the program in front of their parents. At the end, a graduation ceremony was held and the students got their Scuba Ranger Certificate of Completion and Scuba Ranger Card, which is internationally recognized. It is such a huge achievement and a big leap to an adventurous extreme sport for the kiddos.
For enrolment, please contact:
BIDP’s Scuba Ranger Club
Jalan Blanjong I No. 333, Sanur
+62 (0) 361 270759, +62818351100