As a parent you want to be safe in the knowledge that your kids are happy, healthy and most importantly well looked after during any activity. The Mermaids Team have multiple years of experience of teaching and diving with children thanks to the caring and extensive knowledge of our PADI Professional Dive Team.
All Children have a natural curiosity and the greatest ability to learn new skills, making them some of the best scuba divers out. As future Ambassadors for the underwater environment, Mermaids makes it so easy for them to be involved in scuba diving and our environmental projects with our Just for Kids range of PADI Courses. Have a look at their options.
8 to 10 year olds – PADI Bubblemaker experience (4,000 baht, 2 dives in one day in the confined ocean environment)
Bubblemaker is as much fun as it sounds. It’s and opportunity for kids to scuba dive with the PADI Pros. They get to use real scuba gear to breathe underwater, dive from our dive boats and see really cool marine life. To take part, your child should be comfortable in the water, but no prior scuba experience is necessary. Parental approval is required. PADI Bubblemakers get a chance to:
- Experience scuba diving under the direct care and supervision of a PADI Professional Dive Instructor.
- Take their first breaths underwater in water shallower than 2 metres/6 feet.
- Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults.
- Have lots of fun.
10 years and older – PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience (4,000 baht, 2 dives in one day in the ocean)
This is a great way to try scuba diving in just one day. You will learn about the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. Parents can join in as well, its a fun day out on the dive boat for all the family. During this program you will:
- Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
- Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
- Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
- Have fun swimming around and exploring.
- Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
10 years and older – PADI Junior Open Water Diver Course (16,700 baht all inclusive over 4 days)
This course is similar to the adult certification course and prepares kids to become full-fledged divers. To begin the program, students must be at least 10 years old and be able to swim. Students 13 years old and up can choose the PADI E Learning Option and then complete the course in 3 days instead of 4.
To ensure that young divers don’t exceed their limits, the PADI Junior Open Water certification comes with some conditions. Divers 10-11 years old must dive with a PADI Professional or a certified parent and dives cannot exceed 12 meters/40 feet. Divers 12-14 years old must dive with a certified adult and dives cannot exceed 18 meters/60 feet.
12 years and older
After receiving a Junior Open Water certification, young divers 12 and older may continue to increase their experience and certification levels (see list below). In these courses, dives may reach a max depth of 21 meters / 70 feet.
- Junior Advanced Open Water: Ages 12-14
- Junior Rescue: Ages 12-14
- Junior Master Scuba Diver: Ages 12-14
We also have special school rates for Thailand International Schools available. When enquiring with us, please let us know what school your child goes to. We are proud to have trained or run environmental projects for: