SDI Future Buddies Program

This program is designed to provide children between the ages of 8 and 12 an introduction to scuba diving in a controlled environment, under the direct supervision of an active instructor.

Who this course is for:

  • Children ages 8 to 12 who wish to experience the underwater world with their parents/legal guardian, or may be wishing to have a career that will involve the underwater world such as a marine biologist

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 8 with parental consent
  • Demonstrate comfort and adequate swimming skills

What you can expect to learn:
The SDI Future Buddies Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • History of diving
  • The aquatic environment
    • Marine environment
    • Marine life
  • Physics and physiology
    • Buoyancy
    • Pressure
    • Air spaces
    • Equalization techniques
    • Lung over-expansion problems
  • Breathing air under pressure
  • Scuba equipment
    • Mask, fins and snorkel
    • Exposure protection
    • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)
    • Regulator
    • Cylinders
    • Weight systems
    • Underwater instruments
  • Accessories
    • Dive flag

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:
The required skills should be performed in pool/confined water only, with a maximum depth of 6 metres/20 feet:

  • Weight system adjustment with proper weighting
  • Pre-dive check of self and buddy
  • Mask clearing; partial
  • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) use
  • Buoyancy control
  • Regulator use
  • Underwater swimming; proper use of fins
  • Use of gauges
  • Underwater communications

What’s in it for you?
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training
  • The areas of activities approximate those of training
  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

SDI Future Buddies Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

How to take this course!

  • Find your local SDI Dive Center: here
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