Fitting out a child in scuba diving equipment does not need to be complicated, you only need to take care and look at some of the specialist pieces of gear that are available for their smaller body sizes. Here are a few suggestions of diving gear you might like to look at!
Considering that kids are allowed by the major scuba diving agencies to start scuba as pre-teenagers, there is in reality very little gear available for them that is aimed specifically at this market. But there are a few items that are aimed at, or suitable for, their smaller body sizes and here are a list of what there is on offer.
Wetsuit - The Cressi Junior Wetsuit is an exceptional piece of gear aimed at the junior diver. From the name you might see that it is aimed at the junior scuba diver rather than only being a smaller version of an adultís wetsuit. If shouts comfort throughout, with a diagonal zip, sealed and zipped cuffs, an integrated hood, reinforced knee pads and a shape that is designed for easy kitting up and removal. This should simply keep your little one warm for a decent length of dive!
Mask - Take a look at the Cressi Piumetta Mask if you are looking for a mask for children. Whilst not aimed solely at children, its features make it highly fitting for them. The skirt edge is soft and straightforwardly adapts to most faces shapes and sizes whilst the small inner volume means that it does not take much effort to clear the mask underwater. No excuse for not learning that exercise then! There are side buckles to quickly and easily adjust the headband for a comfortable fit of this mask made of soft transparent silicone.
Buoyancy control device - Escaping the Cressi theme, the Aqua Lung Wave Buoyancy control device is a basic entry level BCD that is available in a variety of sizes from Junior through to adult Extra Large. Though it is primarily an adultís BCD, the junior sizes and the simplicity of the BCD make it an admirable piece of equipment for the child scuba diver. With exceptional customer reviews and straightforward to use controls, this is a must for any young beginner diver (or any older beginner scuba diver) and well worth looking at for kitting out kids.
Fins - Although there is still lots of other pieces of equipment to look at, the last major piece of equipment that a child might want is probably their own fins. The problem with fins is that if you try to use fins that are too big for your leg muscles you will tire or get cramp, too small and you are working to hard. But the Cressi Rondine Pro Light are often recommended for the child diver, being available in sizes from extra small through to extra large. This is another piece of Cressi equipment that always receives excellent reviews, so a good one to look at for the kids.
Naturally, later on the child may want their own regs and gauges, knives, torches, scuba computers and plenty more. But one step at a time!
Written by Keith Lunt. If you want to know more about children's diving gear
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