Junior Open Water Diver
To enroll, individuals must
be at least 10-years-old prior to the
start date of the course.
Junior divers must meet all requirements for Open Water
Diver certification other than age.
Certification depends on competency and student ability
to understand dive concepts.
A 12 to 14-year-old Junior Open Water Diver or Junior
Scuba Diver is qualified to dive only when accompanied
by another certified diver who is of legal age.
Since Junior Scuba Divers must dive under the direct
supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor
or Instructor, this meets this standard’s intent.
It’s recommended that a legal-aged family member
accompany junior students by taking the course with
Junior Open Water Divers or Junior Scuba Divers may
upgrade their certification level to PADI Open Water
Diver or Scuba Diver when they reach the age of 15 with
no additional requirements.
Special Requirements for 10 and 11-year-olds
Prior to the start of a Junior Scuba Diver or Junior
Open Water Diver course, you must have both a parent
(legal guardian) and the child (aged 10-11) watch the
Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risks
DVD and; read and sign the Youth Diving: Responsibility
and Risks Acknowledgment form.
During any confined open water or open water training
dive that includes 10 and 11-year-olds, the maximum
student diver-to-instructor ratio is 4:1. No more than
two children aged 10-11 may be included in the group of
four student divers.
Certification dives for 10 and 11-year-olds must not
exceed 12 meters / 40 feet.
After certification, a 10 or 11-year-old Junior Scuba
Diver must dive with a ALDive Professional. Dives must
not exceed 12 meters/40 feet.
After certification, a 10 or 11-year-old Junior Open
Water Diver must dive with a parent, guardian or ALDive
Professional. Dives must not exceed 12 meters/40 feet.