Dive Training article makes you think again about “cute little dive kids”

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Shortly thereafter I read a compelling article by Dr. Alex Brylske in the August 2008 issue of Dive Training that opened my eyes to the serious questions that need to be considered before we drop our kids into their first scuba kit. Brylske’s article, “The Younger Diver: The Challenges and Concerns of Childhood Scuba” addresses the deadly serious questions that dive trainers and parents should be asking before deciding on the safe age for a child to start diving. While the overall loud and clear answer is that the experts just don’t know for sure, the article does not leave you hanging in limbo. Brylske provides detailed information on the current research and potential problems for these young bodies and minds. While there are many physiological questions, I was particularly impressed with the section in which he uses the developmental psychology stages to illustrate that “kids are’nt simply scaled-down adults” and shows how the “child’s developmental stage will determine his or her ability to acquire, manipulate and comprehend information” during training and more importantly during emergency situations.

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