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#1 WreckWench

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 09:59 AM

This forum is for our single and buddyless divers who have kids. Whether they are young or old...kids present unique challenges for parents in general especially the diving parent. Do you bring them with you? Do you plan dive trips with them? How soon can you safely teach a child to dive? And a host of other issues that the 'childless' in our midst do not have to deal with. However, you also get to experience the joy of seeing the world thru the eyes of your child...how priceless is that?

So let us know what's it is like to be diving parent and don't forget to post pictures of your favorite 'dive buddy' or 'soon to be dive buddy' regardless of their age!

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:10 AM

Both of mine are now grown. My son is now 25 and learned to dive at 13. My daughter is 19 and doesn't want to dive.
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:19 AM

I have a 16 yo son who is nitrox and AOW. He would like to dive more, but the last few trips I've been on, NC and FG have been too advanced for him. I was going to take him to Coz during his spring break, but selfish mom is going to Thailand instead. :birthday:

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:24 AM

Hey WW! Awesome to have a forum for we single parents with kids!

My son is 14, got his cert at 12, and is an awesome buddy! Cooper is very safety-oriented, but the best part is....he's so much bigger than me he gets to carry the gear! :birthday:

My daughter is 22, and is not sure if she wants to dive or not. :birthday:





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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:36 AM

:birthday: What I like about diving with my son is that he is a better navigator than I am. What I don't like about diving with him is he won't get up early, or gives me a hard time about it.


Ooo. Forgot about a photo. This is when he was first certified in 2002
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 10:43 AM

I do not have kids of my own so I will add my thoughts as a childless diver.

On two trips I have been on, there have been kids, mostly teenagers. One of them was a 13-year-old girl diving with her mom, she handled herself a lot better than most adults I have been diving with. She was so fascinated by all the colorful fish she was seeing down there and was always pointing there and pointing here. Yet she was always checking her gauges to make sure she kept track of her air and her depth.

I will not say the name but one of our members who I have had recent off-board conversation with has two kids, a son 15 and a daughter 16, who are already certified. As this member told me, her kids are the best buddies she can ever have, she would rather dive with them than many adults. As pointed out elsewhere, her kids take the safety issues very seriously, something all of us, including me, can learn.

I know if I had kids of my own and they were of the age which they can get certified and go diving, I would encourage them if that is what they wanted. It is often good for us adults to see the world through the their eyes.
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 11:37 AM

I started this question a while back..but it died out...glad to see it back...I would love to take him with me...He was AWESOME on our last trip with so many mishaps going on...he really kept his head..he also has trouble on descent ( with ears) and always does his descent with patience etc... getting with other kids his age for diving would be great....cheap would be my key word...
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 12:42 PM

I have a son now 27 would got certified at 12 and lives near FLL but doesn't dive much. My daughter is 25 and also living near FLL now but moving to Gainesville next month, she has more dives than him but both only seem to dive when dad is paying.
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 03:23 PM

AKR is awesome and I would love to get a group of parents and kids together to book a trip....We need to start booking now for 2007 as I have already found out they are booked for 2006....
Anyone up for march 2007...12-19th...that's our spring break....I bet it won't coincide with anyone else's
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 08:22 PM

Here's my favorite dive buddy, my daughter Julie (taken in Maui last month):
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Posted 24 January 2006 - 09:58 PM

Here's my favorite dive buddy, my daughter Julie (taken in Maui last month):
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 12:22 AM

My kids are nondivers at this point but they love to swim.

If we lived where we had warm - high vis water - I would be more inclined to start getting them diving. But here in So Cal with the conditions as they are - most kids aren't able to handle it effectively.
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 06:57 AM

My kids are nondivers at this point but they love to swim.

If we lived where we had warm - high vis water - I would be more inclined to start getting them diving. But here in So Cal with the conditions as they are - most kids aren't able to handle it effectively.


as I said in my other thread...My son recieved his certification in Alcapulco by attending class all day for 4 or 5 days...small group(he was the only student) and all skills were done in the ocean-not a pool- the price was great and every trip you take I am sure the company offers such..you can dive and they can learn.
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Posted 25 January 2006 - 08:55 AM

AKR is awesome and I would love to get a group of parents and kids together to book a trip....We need to start booking now for 2007 as I have already found out they are booked for 2006....
Anyone up for march 2007...12-19th...that's our spring break....I bet it won't coincide with anyone else's

We've already been to Roatan. I don't foresee a return trip in the near future with so many other places yet to doive. I would be interested in Coz or Bonaire.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 04:38 PM

Hmmm, I posted an intro about diving with my boys last night (Forum: Single or Buddyless PARENTS with KIDS, Looking to plan a trip with my teenaged son, Post Preview: #125491) but perhaps it should have been in this topic?

Well I've included a couple of recent pics here. The first one is in Vortex Spring in August 2005 (where my youngest is swamped by his brothers bubbles!), the second one is in the divers bell at Devils Den from December 2005 where my oldest took a picture of his younger brothers and me, and the third is on a charter boat out of Panama City in August 2005 after diving the Black Bart.

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