Taking the Kids: Learning to Scuba Dive
Relax and breathe!
That could be the mantra for de-stressing everyday life. But here on tiny
We've come to the 16-room
We meet best friends
They took the course courtesy of Emily's dad,
"As a divorced parent, I don't have as much day-to-day interaction with my family," explains
"This is the first family vacation we've had in eight years," said
Like tennis, golf or snow sports, diving is a life sport and one that can be shared with kids (they can get their junior certification at age 10, though you must be 13 to take scuba lessons online and 15 to upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification) and adult children. Before committing to the course, try out diving with a brief (less than three hours) resort course to see if it is something you'd like to pursue. Brigham added that she was glad for a family vacation where they are doing more than "staring at each other."
They didn't come seeking fancy digs. In fact, it's just the opposite -- simple rooms painted cheery, bright
Up close and personal
"It was one big party underwater," Carla Kadzin said excitedly one morning after the first dive. But with diving, like anything else, all doesn't go as planned. Emily gets a cold and can't dive the next day; Carla has a problem with her ears.
Everyone, meanwhile, cheers on the novices. We've just finished the most spectacular dive of the day called "anchor," so named for a 10-foot anchor deep in the water that is probably more than 100 years old. Somehow, I miss seeing the anchor but am awed by the swimming sea turtle, hog fish, huge grouper, an underwater eel garden and all kinds of other big and little fish -- blue and purple, silver and spotted.
"Let me introduce our newest PADI diver," instructor
If only we didn't have to go back to the snow.
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