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Scuba Certifications for Children and Teenagers

Get your whole family involved in scuba diving so you can share extraordinary memories together and take your vacations to new depths. Check out the scuba programs below for children starting as young as eight years old.

Just Turned Fifteen?

You can upgrade your scuba certification card so you’ll no longer have age-related restrictions while scuba diving.

PADI Bubblemaker (ages 8+)

IMG_8554The PADI Bubblemaker Experience

What a great way to introduce children to scuba diving in a pool in less than six feet of water. Celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker party with friends and family at your local PADI dive shop or resort. It’s fun, easy and safe.


The Fun Part

Try a bubblemaker birthday party for a unique scuba experienceYoungsters can join in the family fun of scuba diving or even start a trend! Children should be comfortable in the water, but they don’t have to be super swimmers. With youngsters in mind, the maximum depth is only 2 metres/ 6 feet.

  • Typical sessions last about an hour (sign up, gear up and fun included)
  • Also available as a confined open water experience (2 metres/ 6 feet max. depth)

What You Learn

Kids get a chance to :

  • Experience what scuba diving is like under the direct care and supervision of PADI Instructors
  • Take their first breath underwater
  • Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults

The Scuba Gear You Use

Children use all the basic scuba gear, which is made for their size and stature.

Check with your local dive shop about setting up a Bubblemaker experience today.


The Learning Materials You Need

Ready to blow bubbles? The Bubblemaker crewpak gives kids a memento of their visit to the underwater world and is full of fun surprises. The pack includes: a kid-sized beach towel, log book, certificate, temporary tattoo emblem and the adorable and a popular Bubblemaker “action figure.” Adults love them, too.

PADI Bubblemaker action figure


Prerequisites

The PADI Bubblemaker program is for children age 8 and above.

No pre-training required

PADI Seal Team (ages 8+)

IMG_8187The PADI Seal Team Program

The PADI Seal Team is for young divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by doing exciting scuba AquaMissions.

Here’s your chance to do some cool stuff in the pool, meet friends and share in the adventure of the underwater world.


The Fun Part

The best part of the Specialty AquaMissions is they reinforce safe diving skills while the kids are having fun. PADI Seals get to sample a wide variety of dives.


What You Learn

The PADI Seal Team program is broken into two parts.

Part one, AquaMissions 1 – 5, teaches kids the basics of diving – things like buoyancy control, mask clearing, regulator recovery, etc.

After building a solid foundation of scuba skills, kids move on to part two. Part two is full of specialty AquaMissions, which usually last about an hour.


PADI Seal Team

  • Helps children learn responsibility
  • Teaches children about the aquatic environment
  • Is a fun pool-only experience
  • Is conducted by certified, trained PADI Professionals

The Scuba Gear You Use

Children use all the basic scuba gear, which is made for their size and stature.

PADI Seal Team Crew PakThe Learning Materials You Need
Calling all Seal Team recruits: The Seal Team crewpak includes everything a PADI Seal Team member needs to prepare for their AquaMissions. Video on DVD? Check! Activity book? Check! Log book pages? Check! You are now cleared for an underwater adventure . . .


Prerequisites

To participate in PADI Seal Team, a child

  • Must be at least 8 years old

PADI Junior Open Water Diver (ages 10-14)

IMG_8260Junior Open Water Divers ages 10-11 years old must dive with a PADI Professional or certified parent/guardian. Dives must not exceed 12 metres /40 feet.

Junior Open Water Divers ages 12-14 years old must dive with a certified adult. (13+ years old can take the Open Water Diver course online.)


What You Learn

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, Open Water Diver Touch or in a classroom ) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore!

If you’ve tried diving through a Discover Scuba Diving experience or resort course, the skills you learned may be credited towards a portion of the full PADI Open Water Diver course certification.


Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Open Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must

Be 10 years or older (PADI eLearning requires an extra registration step for students under 13 years due to international internet laws


The Fun Part

Get Your PADI Open Water Diver scuba certificationThe fun part about this course is . . . well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at local dive sites under the supervision of your PADI Instructor.


The Scuba Gear You Use

Learn all about your scuba gear with PADI scuba lessonsIn the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear including a dive computer, and standard accessories. The equipment you wear varies somewhat, depending upon whether you’re diving in tropical, temperate or cold water

Check with your local dive shop about the gear you’ll use during this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop in your area.


The Learning Materials You Need

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, you may also chose a book and DVD package or a multimedia DVD-ROM.

PADI Open Water Diver Crew PakPADI’s Open Water Diver materials cover what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in the pool (or pool-like environment) to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

Note: Enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online for immediate computer-based access to the manual and video integrated into seamless, guided online learning.

PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver (ages 12-14)

IMG_8391Young people can continue the adventure and build their skills by taking the Advanced Open Water Diver course with a few limitations

Junior Open Water Divers ages 10-11 years must complete three adventure dives to become a Junior Adventure Diver. They must dive with a PADI Professional or certified parent/guardian. Dives must not exceed 12 metres/ 40 feet.

Junior Open Water Divers ages 12-14 years may complete three Adventure Dives to earn the Junior Adventure Diver rating or five Adventure Dives to earn the Junior Advanced Open Water rating. If they complete the Deep Adventure Dive it must not exceed 21 metres/ 70 feet. They must dive with a certified adult.


The PADI Rescue Diver Course

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.


The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.


What You Learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba gear including a dive computer and accessories.

Check with your local dive shop about the gear you’ll use during this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop in your area.

Rescue Diver Crew Pak for scuba diving training course


The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Rescue Diver crewpak includes all materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you’ll practice with your PADI Instructor. Once your Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.


Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must

  • Be 12 years or older
  • Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses).

PADI Junior Rescue Diver (ages 12-14)

IMG_8223Young divers ages 12-14 rise to challenges and learn how to master them in the PADI Rescue Diver course. Upon completion, they become Junior Rescue Divers. They must dive with a certified adult.


The PADI Rescue Diver Course

“Challenging” and “rewarding” best describe the PADI Rescue Diver course. Building upon what you’ve already learned, this course expands on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur.


The Fun Part

The fun part about this course is rising to challenges and mastering them. Most divers find this course both demanding and rewarding, and at the end, say it’s the best course they’ve ever taken.


What You Learn

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all your basic scuba gear including a dive computer and accessories.

Check with your local dive shop about the gear you’ll use during this course. You can find most everything at the scuba diving shop in your area.


The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Rescue Diver crewpak includes all materials required to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course – including a pocket mask. You’ll learn how to think like a rescue diver and preview skills you’ll practice with your PADI Instructor. Once your Rescue Diver course is complete, you can review the DVD to refresh your dive safety skills as needed. This tool box of knowledge and technique will give you the expertise to handle almost any emergency situation.


Prerequisites

To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver course, you must

  • Be 12 years or older
  • Have a PADI Adventure Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Be trained and current for first aid and CPR within the previous two years (Ask your instructor about Emergency First Response CPR and first aid courses).

PADI Junior Master Scuba Diver (ages 12-14)

IMG_8516Young divers ages 12-14 can continue building experience and exploring unique diving environments on their way to the Master Scuba Diver Rating. They must dive with a certified adult.

Take Your Skills to the Next Level with the PADI Master Scuba DiverTM Rating

Join the best of the best in recreational scuba diving and live the ultimate dive lifestyle as a PADI Master Scuba Diver. The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating puts you in a class of distinction – writing your ticket to endless adventure and opportunities through the experience and scuba training that sets you apart.


The Fun Part

The Best Way to DiveWith the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating, you have reached the highest non professional level in the PADI System of diver education. It means that you have acquired significant training and experience in a variety of dive environments. See all the specialty diver courses offered.


Prerequisites

  • 12 years old
  • PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • PADI Rescue Diver or Junior Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • Minimum of five PADI Specialty Diver courses
  • Minimum of 50 logged dives

Swim

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Our indoor Jr Olympic Saline Pool is heated all year round. Even with Houston’s unpredictable weather; wind, rain, or snow, won’t prevent your swim class or lap swimming.

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Boy Scouts

  • Lifesaving Merit Badge Course Dates

    Lifesaving Merit Badge Course:  10:30am – 3/4pm.  Times are approximate based on number of students and abilities.  Wear Class A Uniform, bring scout book if you are not at least First Class, blue card, bring swim suit, towel, goggles, lunch, money for vending machine, clothes to get in the pool (pants and shirt).

    Spring 2017:

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Summer 2017:

    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Saturday, August 19, 2017

  • Swimming Merit Badge Course Dates

    Swimming Merit Badge Courses:  10:30am – 2/3pm.  Times for the course are subject to number of students and abilities.  Wear Class A Uniform, bring scout book if you are not at least First Class, blue card, bring swim suit, towel, goggles, lunch, money for vending machine.

    Spring 2017:

    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    Summer 2017:

    Saturday, June 3, 2017

    Saturday, June 17, 2017

    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • Scuba Diving Merit Badge Course Dates

    Scuba Diving Merit Badges are offered every week in conjunction with the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course.  The Scuba Diving Merit Badge Course is FREE if you take and pay full price for the PADI Open Water Diver Course directly with Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim.  If you are already certified or pay for the Open Water Course with another Company, course fee is $50.  Call to make an appointment to go over the material with one of our Merit Badge Counselors. 281-445-3483

Lifesaving Merit Badge

Lifesaving merit badgeLIFESAVING MERIT BADGE – Cost $50

No Boy Scout will ignore a plea for help. However, the desire to help is of little use unless one knows how to give the proper aid. The main purpose of the Lifesaving merit badge is to prepare Scouts to assist those involved in water accidents, teaching them the basic knowledge of rescue techniques, the skills to perform them, and the judgment to know when and how to act so that they can be prepared for emergencies.

Requirements

  • Before doing requirements 2 through 15:
  • If the Boy Scout is not at least First Class, we offer these Prerequisites the day of the Merit Badge for an additional $25.
    • Complete Second Class rank requirements 8a through 8c and First Class rank requirements 9a through 9c.
      • Second Class rank requirements 8a through 8c:
      • (8a) Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
      • (8b) Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
      • (8c) Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
      • First Class rank requirements 9a through 9c:
      • (9a) Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
      • (9b) Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.*
      • (9c) With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
    • Swim continuously for 400 yards using each of the following strokes in a strong manner for at least 50 continuous yards: front crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.
  • Explain the following:
    • Common drowning situations and how to prevent them.
    • How to identify persons in the water who need assistance.
    • The order of methods in water rescue.
    • How rescue techniques vary depending on the setting and the condition of the person needing assistance.
    • Situations for which in-water rescues should not be undertaken.
  • Demonstrate “reaching” rescues using various items such as arms, legs, towels, shirts, paddles, and poles.
  • Demonstrate “throwing” rescues using various items such as lines, ring buoys, rescue bags, and free-floating supports. Successfully place at least one such aid within reach of a practice victim 25 feet from shore.
  • Show or explain the use of rowboats, canoes, or other small craft in performing rescues.
  • List various items that can be used as rescue aids in a noncontact swimming rescue. Explain why buoyant aids are preferred.
  • Perform the following equipment-based rescues for a conscious practice subject 30 feet from shore. Use a proper entry and a strong approach stroke. Speak to the subject to determine his condition and to provide instructions and encouragement.
    • Present a rescue tube to the subject, release it, and escort the victim to safety.
    • Present a rescue tube to the subject and use it to tow the victim to safety.
    • Present a buoyant aid other than a rescue tube to the subject, release it, and escort the victim to safety.
    • Present a buoyant aid other than a rescue tube to the subject and use it to tow the victim to safety.
    • Remove street clothes in 20 seconds or less and use a nonbuoyant aid, such as a shirt or towel, to tow the subject to safety. Explain when it is appropriate to remove heavy clothing before attempting a swimming rescue.
  • Explain the importance of avoiding contact with an active victim and describe lead-and-wait tactics.
  • Perform the following nonequipment rescues for a conscious practice subject 30 feet from shore. Begin in the water from a position near the subject. Speak to the subject to determine his condition and to provide instructions and encouragement.
    • Provide a swim-along assist for a calm, responsive, tired swimmer moving with a weak forward stroke.
    • Perform an armpit tow for a calm, responsive, tired swimmer resting with a back float.
    • Perform a cross-chest carry for an exhausted, passive victim who does not respond to instructions to aid himself.
  • In deep water, show how to escape from a victim’s grasp on your wrist. Repeat for front and rear holds about the head and shoulders.
  • Perform the following rescues for an unconscious practice subject at or near the surface 30 feet from shore. Use a proper entry and strong approach stroke. Speak to the subject and splash water on him to determine his condition before making contact. Remove the victim from the water, with assistance if needed, and position for CPR.
    • Perform an equipment assist using a buoyant aid.
    • Perform a front approach and wrist tow.
    • Perform a rear approach and armpit tow.
  • Describe how to respond if a victim submerges before being reached by a rescuer, and do the following:
    • Recover a 10-pound weight in 8 to 10 feet of water using a feetfirst surface dive.
    • Repeat using a headfirst surface dive.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation procedures:
    • Describe how to recognize the need for rescue breathing and CPR.
    • Demonstrate proper CPR technique for at least 3 minutes using a mannequin designed to simulate ventilations and compressions.
  • Demonstrate management of a spinal injury:
    • Explain the signs and symptoms of a spinal injury.
    • Support a faceup victim in calm, shallow water.
    • Turn a subject from a facedown to a faceup position while maintaining support.
  • Show that you know first aid for other injuries or illnesses that could occur while swimming or boating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, muscle cramps, sunburn, stings, and hyperventilation.

Swimming Merit Badge

Swim merit badgeSWIM MERIT BADGE – Cost $50
Swimming is a leisure activity, a competitive sport, and a basic survival skill. Scouts who earn this badge will learn about safety when swimming and diving, how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health, and gain some basic competitive swimming skills.

Requirements

    • If the Boy Scout is not at least First Class, we offer the Prerequisites the day of the Merit Badge for an additional $25.

NOTE: The requirements for the Swimming merit badge have been revised. A Scout who has already started working on the merit badge when the 2014 edition was introduced, may continue to use the same merit badge pamphlet to earn the badge and fulfill the requirements therein. In other words, the Scout need not start over again with the new pamphlet and revised requirements. The revised requirements as presented here become official Jan. 1, 2015, and will appear in the 2015 Boy Scout Requirements book.

Do the following:

      1. Explain to your counselor how Scouting’s Safe Swim Defense plan anticipates, helps prevent and mitigate, and provides responses to likely hazards you may encounter during swimming activities.
      1. Discuss the prevention and treatment of health concerns that could occur while swimming, including hypothermia, dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, muscle cramps, hyperventilation, spinal injury, stings and bites, and cuts and scrapes.
    • Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
    • Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl or trudgen for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards.

Do the following:

      1. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
      1. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.

Do the following:

      1. Float faceup in a resting position for at least one minute.
      1. Demonstrate survival floating for at least five minutes.
      1. While wearing a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket, demonstrate the HELP and huddle positions. Explain their purposes.
      1. Explain why swimming or survival floating will hasten the onset of hypothermia in cold water.
      1. In water over your head, but not to exceed 10 feet, do each of the following:
      1. Use the feetfirst method of surface diving and bring an object up from the bottom.
      1. Do a headfirst surface dive (pike or tuck), and bring the object up again.
      1. Do a headfirst surface dive to a depth of at least 5 feet and swim underwater for three strokes. Come to the surface, take a breath, and repeat the sequence twice.
      1. Following the guidelines set in the BSA Safe Swim Defense, in water at least 7 feet deep*, show a standing headfirst dive from a dock or pool deck. Show a long shallow dive, also from the dock or pool deck.  *If your state, city, or local community requires a water depth greater than 7 feet, it is important to abide by that mandate.
      1. Explain the health benefits of regular aerobic exercise, and discuss why swimming is favored as both fitness and therapeutic exercise.

Scuba Merit Badge

SCUBA DIVING MERIT BADGE – Cost $50

SCUBA DIVING MERIT BADGE

Boy Scouts of America Scuba Diving merit badge

Achievement of the Scuba Diving merit badge will result in a PADI Open Water Diver Certification. This is a lifetime certification that is only the first step into an endless world of new experiences, adventure and fun.

Counselors for the Scuba Diving merit badge must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and be approved by the district/council advancement committee.

Like other merit badges, the Scuba Diving merit badge has been developed to teach and train youth in a manner consistent with the overall goals and values of the Boy Scouts of America.

The merit badge counselor should be fair and consistent when presenting and evaluating the knowledge and skills specified by the requirements. None of the requirements may be modified or omitted.

Scuba industry standards for Open Water Diver Certification require the student to be at least 15 years of age. Students under the minimum age who meet open water scuba performance requirements may qualify for a special certification that allows them to dive with an adult buddy who has, as a minimum, an open water scuba certification. Several of the scuba organizations recognized by the BSA offer “junior” open water certifications for those as young as 10; others have a minimum age of 12. Such junior open water diver certifications satisfy Scuba Diving merit badge requirement 4.

Requirements

Do the following:
Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes.
Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge.
Discuss the Scuba Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor, and explain the importance of each guideline to a scuba diver’s safety.
Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy.
Explain what an ecosystem is, and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience.
Find out about three career opportunities in the scuba industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Boy Scout Swim Test

 Young swimCost $10

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Swimmer

  1. Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  2. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
  3. The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  4. Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.

Beginner

  1. Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  2. Swim 25 feet on the surface.
  3. Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.

Non-Swimmer

Did not complete either of the swimming tests.