Scuba-diving

Includes: diving, water, Outdoors, Adventure, Water

Activity time:
1 meeting

Age:
8+

Cost:
High
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Discover an underwater world

Girls will love exploring beneath the water's surface by scuba diving. It's a technical sport, so they'll learn the science behind keeping safe at depth, and how to communicate when they can't say a word.

Overview

This sport involves diving underwater using scuba breathing apparatus. Girls can try scuba diving in age-appropriate ways:

PADI Bubblemaker and Seal Team youth courses - open to those aged 8+

Try-Dive in controlled swimming pool environments - open to those aged 10+

Diving in outdoor environments - open to those aged 12+

To take girls diving, you will need to find a local dive centre affiliated to the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) or Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

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Planning checklist

Safety notes

See safety regulations for water safety guidance.

The instructor must hold the relevant qualification for the nature of the activity, recognised by either of the following:

To do scuba-diving girls must be able to:

  • swim 50 metres
  • keep afloat for five minutes in the clothes normally worn for the activity.

Girls may fulfil these rules wearing a buoyancy aid or life jacket when either is required for the activity.

If a girl has a medical condition that will affect her ability to swim, ensure that you inform the instructor and make provision to allow her to participate safely.

The Leader must:

  • make sure that safety rules and alarm signals have been explained to the girls, and the need for instructions to be obeyed immediately
  • make sure the required buoyancy aids/life jackets are used
  • follow water safety guidelines and ensure that the responsible adult helpers are familiar with them.

If diving outside, water should be inspected for signs of visible pollution, for example rubbish, blue green algae or chemicals.

Make sure girls and parents are aware of the dangers and symptoms of Weil's disease and what action to take if infection is suspected. On the day of the activity participants should be advised to cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters to help prevent infection.

See our guidance on water activities.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

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2 adults needed