We always tend to go to the extreme, “I’m gonna do the open water course with my kids” I hear so many times, but my following questions to them are: How many times your kids had been in the water, at the sea or lake? Do they feel comfortable in the water where they can’t reach bottom to stand? Do they swim? and so on… and finally I always endorse for snorkeling as first step.
Swimming in the pool ⒸCarlosLander
I’m telling you this, because the first encounter with the water should be swimming. If you may, take your kids as many times as you can to the beach or lake. Let them feel free in the water, comfortable and, a few swimming lessons will be good for them. I’m not telling you that your kid should be an excellent swimmer to be a diver, no, but they must know how-to-be-in-the-water, defend themselves.
Following next, snorkeling.
Snorkeling will develop in your child not only motor-skills but also will help in the cognitive process that will serve him in the future. Let’s put it together; cognitive development means how children think, explore and figure things out. Cognitive process is the steps took by the child to understand the world around them. Snorkeling involved not only swimming, clear the mask and tube, but also to interact with an environment, feeling and actively participating in it. Exploring their physicals limitations and those imposed by the surrounding.
My son at the beach
This activity could easily go beyond that and transformed into a classroom, taking photos, identifying fishes, knowing about water ecosystems and much more. The knowledge acquired by these experiences are tangibles, have a purpose.
My recommendation for all parents is that they start with their children doing snorkeling and progressively towards scuba. The transition between activities will be easy and, children’s knowns when they are ready and confident for the next step.
Note that works has been done in development of motor skills and neuroplasticity doing scuba in the pool as therapy for incapacitated children with remarkable results. As alternative hyperbaric therapy is used with also excellent results. We are only started discovering all the benefits of these activities.
We should reflect on what is best for our children and to us as parents. Do not consent and cavitate into the proposition that scuba is the first step, snorkeling is an excellent way to introduce your kids to this world.
My son enjoying chasing small crustacean