The policy of the PTRD is to open the door of the underwater world to our children so that they open out there in full safety.
The discovery of this world must contribute to the safeguarding of our environment.
Children’s diving is not integrated into the adults’ programme.
Its development and contents stand alone. Minimum and maximum ages are at the discretion of the local law. PTRD suggest that the age limits should be between 8 and 14 years included.
Children over 14 should join the PTRD programme for adults.
The objectives of Children Diver 1 (equivalent to CMAS Bronze Diver) program:
-To provide diving for a child without his/her parents.
-To provide a child with a leisure experience which can be enjoyed in a totally different environment.
-Maximum depth: 5 mt. (Max. depth could be defined by each local law according to their own rules)
The objectives help the child to :
1-learn to control his/her body in a different environment by :
– adjusting balance and stability to conditions of near weightlessness,
– using the feet as propulsion engines,
– breathing from an artificial air source,
2-adapt to a 4 dimensional environment, that is:
3-understand the new set of rules imposed by being underwater (a different environment with new dangers : to be concerned for others and trust in them)
4-the knowledge and the respect of the underwater world.
Minimum age: 8 years
The minimum and maximum ages are defined by each local law according to their own rules.
PTRD suggest that, for medical reasons, the minimum age for diving is set at 8 years.
The maximum age for the children’s programme is set at 14 years, at which point they can join the adults programme for PTRD.
The medical certificate must be completed by a doctor who is experienced with the problems associated with children’s diving. Renewal of the medical certificate is defined by local law.
For PTRD, the examination must be repeated every 6 months (unless the examining doctor deems otherwise) between the ages of 8 and 12 and every year between the ages of 12 and 14.
The first examination must include an examination of the eardrum.
The child must be able to swim, without equipment, a minimum distance of 25m.