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Children and Club Diving

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Until now, we have never really had a policy on minors diving with our club. Recently, we have had enquiries about what we can do to get children & young people (i.e. under 18's) diving in the UK.

We are a non-training club, with mostly PADI qualified divers, but several members hold qualifications from other agencies.

We wondered what policies were around in other clubs, or how other clubs deal with the issue, particularly if the minor has non-diving parents.

We know the rules in terms of Junior OW, depth limits and so-on, but it is more about protection of the child, how are other members encouraged to assist, should there be any CRB checks, what if we are considered to be almost creche facilities, should other club members be expected to restrain themselves in typical diver conversation etc.

What do other clubs do?
Have any of you got a policy that i could have a look at?

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If they are BSAC instructors, they can only instruct in a BSAC branch or school.

With regards to welfare issues (CRB checks are NOT necessarily compulsory) have a look at the BSAC Policy WELFARE OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE in Snorkelling and Scuba Diving - BSAC

Thanks for the link, Adrian.
This isn't about training at all, as training is not done in any way in the club. It is simply aobut how we manage club diving, whether it is shore based, or on boats, and minors. We run dives which are aimed at less experienced divers, so more experienced divers are encouraged to go along and assist, but that is more about support. and making sure that both the young people and the divers are protected.
That is exactly the sort of thing we want to look into. There are so many issues around this we need to get it right, so that we are getting the future generation of divers in the water, but not acting as a creche. :)
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