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Scuba diving with kids made easy at Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort

Put plain and simple, our family are a scuba-diving family.

Five out of six of us are certified divers; it’s only our youngest (at six) who isn’t certified and, let me tell you, she is absolutely desperate to reach the minimum diving age! Only two years to go!

Our three other children (10, 12, and 14) all completed their scuba-diving courses at Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort and, although many Fijian resorts offer scuba-diving courses in some capacity for children; we highly recommend the courses on offer at Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort.

And while Fiji holds many drawcards for families – travel time is manageable for younger children and luxurious-feeling holidays are most definitely affordable – it’s the underwater adventures that hold our family’s attention the most when we visit.

So, when our kids reached the minimum diving age (10), it just made sense for them to complete their diving courses, and what better place than at Jean Michel-Cousteau.

JMC main pool: photo FFF
JMC main pool: photo FFF
Namena Marine reserve,photo: Geoffrey Koroi
Namena Marine reserve,photo: Geoffrey Koroi

How to get started scuba diving with kids in Fiji

If your child expresses an interest in learning to scuba dive, then you are in luck! Not only is the marine life amazing in Fiji but the courses offered are safe and recognised by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), meaning that once certified, your kids can enjoy diving back home as well.

The Cousteau Dive Centre at Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort caters to beginning divers and works to tailor programmes to suit families, particularly if they are of different ages or abilities, which is perfect for the youngest of divers!

Before jumping head first into the diving courses though, you may want to try snorkelling with your child first. This will allow them to experience marine sea life and get them used to the idea and feeling of breathing underwater.

An added benefit of starting your child’s snorkelling experience at Jean Michel-Cousteau are the dedicated family snorkelling trips that are provided through the Dive Centre, allowing the whole family to experience snorkelling together.

 

 

Namena Marine reserve,photo: Geoffrey Koroi
Namena Marine reserve,photo: Geoffrey Koroi
Charlie And Jean-Michel: photo FFF
Charlie And Jean-Michel: photo FFF

Benefits of scuba diving for kids

If your child is interested in diving, ready, and able dive, then there are many benefits in favour of scuba diving for kids.

Our family is passionate about experiencing as much as we can in life, together. We love giving time to our family and spending that time exploring nature and finding out about the world around us.

So, scuba diving is a natural and exciting thing for us to do together as a family. After we dive we spend so much time talking about what we saw (and sometimes what we didn’t see!) and how marine life survives. We talk about conservation and the natural environment, and these shared experiences bring us closer together.

We also love that diving allows our children to take concrete concepts and apply them in the real world making our kids more critical in their thinking. They need to know and apply sign language under water, use maths concepts, and they also get to take in the natural world and consider their place in it.

It’s a magical thing to see a child experience something they have wondered about for a long time.

Namena Marine reserve,image:BrettMonroeGarner
Namena Marine reserve,image:BrettMonroeGarner
Namena Marine reserve,image:BrettMonroeGarner
Namena Marine reserve,image:BrettMonroeGarner

Scuba diving with kids at Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort

Fiji will always be a second home for us, and Jean Michel-Cousteau Resort is a favourite destination of ours for a number of reasons.

Along with being very well known as one of the most family-friendly resorts in the world, they won Best Luxury Resort in 2018!

Apart from boasting the most amazing diving experiences, there are two things that stand out for us:

  1. Every child under 6 years old has a dedicated Fijian nanny; and
  2. Kids who take complete scuba diving courses at the resort are confident divers.

For us, these two things are paramount to us enjoying a relaxing scuba-diving experience. We know that our youngest child is being cared for while we dive; and we know that our other children are competent and confident divers and we don’t need to be watching out for them while we dive. We get to relax and take in the breathtaking underwater scenery!

If you want to experience an exceptional scuba-diving holiday with your family, then get in touch  today: call 1300 564 466 or email Bula@fijiforfamilies.com.au or Check the latest Special

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