Junior Open Water Diver
Certification is open to student divers under the age of 15 through the PADI Junior Open Water Diver and Junior Scuba Diver programs. 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 or PADI Scuba Diver certification other than age. Certification depends on competency and student ability to understand dive concepts. Students must independently complete written PADI Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exams — oral exams are not permitted for divers under the age of 15.
To participate in the PADI Junior Open Water Diver Course, an individual must:
- 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 video or thoroughly review the Youth Diving: Responsibility and Risks Flipchart. Both parent and child must 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 metres/40 feet.
- After certification, a 10 or 11-year-old Junior Scuba Diver must dive with a PADI Professional. Dives must not exceed 12 metres/40 feet.
- After certification, a 10 or 11-year-old Junior Open Water Diver must dive with a parent, guardian or PADI Professional. Dives must not exceed 12 metres/40 feet.