SDI FUTURE BUDDIES PROGRAM

This program is designed to provide children between the ages of 8 and 12 an introduction to scuba diving in a controlled environment, under the direct supervision of an active instructor.

Who this course is for:

  • Children ages 8 to 12 who wish to experience the underwater world with their parents/legal guardian, or may be wishing to have a career that will involve the underwater world such as a marine biologist

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 8 with parental consent

  • Demonstrate comfort in the water and adequate swimming skills

What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Future Buddies Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • History of diving

  • The aquatic environment

    • Marine environment

    • Marine life

  • Physics and physiology

    • Buoyancy

    • Pressure

    • Air spaces

    • Equalization techniques

    • Lung over-expansion problems

  • Breathing air under pressure

  • Scuba equipment

    • Mask, fins and snorkel

    • Exposure protection

    • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)

    • Regulator

    • Cylinders

    • Weight systems

    • Underwater instruments

  • Accessories

    • Dive flag

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include: 
The required skills should be performed in pool/confined water only, with a maximum depth of 6 metres/20 feet:

  • Weight system adjustment with proper weighting

  • Pre-dive check of self and buddy

  • Mask clearing; partial

  • Buoyancy compensator device (BCD) use

  • Buoyancy control

  • Regulator use

  • Underwater swimming; proper use of fins

  • Use of gauges

  • Underwater communications

What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the SDI Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training

  • The areas of activities approximate those of training

  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training

SDI Future Buddies Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution