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Meet your PADI Instructors, Szablis and Kathy. Szablis owns Southeast Scuba Escape, and is a Financial Planner Principal by day. Kathy is a retired Nurse Anesthetist who now spends most of her time helping people learn to scuba.
Scuba is not just a hobby, but a passion for both Szablis and Kathy. We wanted to put this camp together for Rochester kids to introduce kids to the fun, esteem boosting, awe-inspiring, stress-relieving, healthy planet/healthy self-awareness benefits that come with scuba diving.
Our outstanding team of SSE Divemasters and staff will also be on-hand to assist with the camp to ensure safety and maximize fun for all participants.
We are so excited to meet your kids and have a great time over the week we have planned for them.
The Fun Part
The best part of the Seal Team course is learning to dive with children of a similar age and having lots of fun.
In addition, it provides parents with a structured program that lets their children develop skills, learn about the aquatic environment and get active. This is also an excellent way to introduce kids to scuba diving prior to an Open Water Diver certification.
What will you learn?
The PADI Seal Team course teaches responsibility and respect for the underwater world, as well as looking out for yourself and your buddy underwater. The course includes five dives, called AquaMissions 1 to 5. These dives cover basic scuba diving skills such as breathing underwater, clearing a mask of water, recovering a regulator and swimming around experiencing the sensation of being weightless. Each session involves an environmental conservation and aquatic wildlife craft or learning activity, a dive briefing, equipment preparation and time for questions, before we spend up to an hour or hour and a half in the water with full scuba kit. We finish each lesson with a debriefing followed by logging the dive and awarding Seal Team stickers to complete the log books, and a themed snack and playtime.
Complete all five AquaMissions and become a recognized PADI Seal Team Member. Once your child has become a Seal Team Member, they can continue into more advanced AquaMissions and earn their Master Seal Team rating!
The Scuba Gear
In the PADI Seal Team program, children learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a cylinder. We provide scuba kit designed for children, including small cylinders, junior mouthpieces and child sized buoyancy control devices to make sure each dive is as comfortable as possible. All our training equipment is thouroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses for piece of mind. After the camp, if your camper would like to keep their mask, fins, and snorkel for future aquamissions and certification, they will be able to purchase them at a 35% discount off retail cost.
The Learning Materials You Need
Each Seal Team recruit will recieve their own PADI Seal Team Crew-Pak. The Crew-Pak includes everything a PADI Seal Team Member needs to prepare for their AquaMissions including a fun DVD, activity book with puzzles, and log book pages to track their adventures. At the end of the course, they will earn their first scuba certification card, showing your child as a qualified Seal Team Member!
To join the PADI Seal Team, a child must be 8 years of age or older. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but children should be comfortable in the water and be able to swim 25 yards (length of the average pool) comfortably. Parental or legal guardian approval is required.
The Next Adventure
Upon successful completion of the first five AquaMissions, students become PADI Seal Team members, and are ready to sign up for the Master Seal Team course. When children are 10 years old, they can complete the Junior PADI Open Water Diver certification.