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Scuba Diving for Families

The Caribbean is universally recognized as one of the world’s top dive destinations. Thousands of sites lure divers of all abilities, from beginners looking for shore excursions and shallow reef dives to advanced divers seeking wreck and cave explorations.

You’ll find professional assistance from dive operators on every island, including resort courses where you’ll have the opportunity to sample diving after a one-day course. Full certification courses will award you a “C” card, and advanced courses to teach you the use of scuba computers, the skills of drift diving, and even underwater photography.

Resort courses can be a good way to introduce your teens to the world of scuba diving without sacrificing much of your vacation. Only children age 10 and over are allowed to participate in PADI Discover Scuba courses.

The day begins with a lesson on scuba diving, followed by practice at up to a 20 feet depth. It’s a thrilling introduction to a new sport and is available at most larger resorts (complimentary at many all-inclusives).

Other novice divers decide to go for full certification and take courses at home before the big vacation. You can opt to do everything but your certification dive at home and then finish up in the Caribbean if you’d like.
Incredible visibility, measured at 100 to 150 feet, helps make these islands such spectacular dive destinations. With year-around water temperatures of 77 to 83 degrees, visitors can dive comfortably and enjoy an underwater playground that’s filled with marine life.

Although good scuba spots are found off most islands, top scuba destinations include Grand Cayman, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos.



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