By teaching children to dive we aim to be able to pass on our passion for diving and the underwater world onto the next generation, so they can protect it and enjoy it as we do.
PADI Approved Youth Training Centre
Everyone involved with Hidden Depths Scuba school is very proud to be recognised as the PADI Approved Youth Training Centre rating. This rating is awarded to centres who show dedication to training young scuba divers and can prove to uphold the highest levels of child protection. Our staff hold DBS checks, and we are happy for any parent to review our youth protection policy.
As an Approved Youth Training Centre, we work in connection with a large number of Bristol Scouts, Guides and Cub groups, making diving as accessible as possible to the young people of Bristol. If you run a youth group and would like your children to have the opportunity to discover scuba diving with a qualified youth training centre then we are here to help.
Hidden Depths Scuba School
Bubblemaker Dive – £40
Do you want a great way to introduce your children to scuba diving in a pool in less than two meters of water?
Do you want to celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker party with friends and family?
It’s fun, easy and open to children aged 8 and above.
Youngsters can join in the family fun of scuba diving or even start a trend! Children should be comfortable in the water, but they don’t have to be super swimmers. With youngsters in mind, the maximum depth is only 2 metres. Bubblemaker sessions with Hidden Depths Scuba School last 2 hours. This includes time to fully brief the divers about the session and the diving equipment they will be using, as well as time to answer any questions you or your children have. From here the children will spend up to an hour in the water having fun, all under the supervision of a fully qualified PADI Professional.
What You Learn
Kids get a chance to:
- Experience what scuba diving is like under the direct care and supervision of PADI Instructors
- Take their first breaths underwater
- Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children
The Scuba Gear You Use
Children use all the same basic scuba gear as adults, but which is made for their size and stature. The pools are nice and warm, so there is no need to use wetsuits, although you’re welcome to bring one if you have your own.
Ready to blow bubbles? The Bubblemaker crewpak gives kids a memento of their visit to the underwater world and is full of fun surprises. The pack includes a kid-sized beach towel, log book, certificate, temporary tattoo emblem and the adorable and popular Bubblemaker “action figure”. These great crewpaks are available for £35. If you would like your child to receive one after their Bubblemaker experience please specify when you book and we will ensure that the pack is ready for them.
The PADI Bubblemaker program is for children age 8 and above. No pre-training is required, so you can jump straight in and experience the underwater world.
Ready to book a Bubblemaker Dive or Party?
Your Next Adventure
Bubblemakers can continue the adventure to complete AquaMissions during the Seal Team program.
Those who are 10-14 years old can also take the Junior PADI Open Water Diver course.
PADI Seal Team – £195
The PADI Seal Team is perfect for young scuba divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by completing exciting AquaMissions.
By joining the PADI Seal Team you’re going to be doing some cool stuff in the pool, meeting friends and sharing in the adventure of the underwater world.
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 kids should be comfortable in the water. Parental approval is required.
What will you learn?
The PADI Seal Team program teaches responsibility and respect for the aquatic realm, as well as looking out for yourself and your buddy underwater. It’s split into two parts, beginning with AquaMissions 1 – 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 hour for a dive briefing, equipment preparation and time for questions, before we spend an hour 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!
Complete all five AquaMissions and become a recognized PADI Seal Team Member. These experiences also count toward the Master Seal Team and Junior Open Water Diver courses when you’re old enough to participate in them.
We run regular Seal Team Programmes across both our pool locations. Please get in touch to schedule a course to suit your children, and get started with a PADI Seal Team Crew-Pak. Your 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 your adventures.
What scuba gear will you use?
In the PADI Seal Team program, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a cylinder. We use Kit designed for children, including small cylinders, junior mouthpieces and adjustable buoyancy control devices.
Ready to accept you first Padi Seal Team AQUAMISSION?
PADI Master Seal Team – £250
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to dive at night with a torch, take digital pictures underwater or float effortlessly like an astronaut?
Beyond learning basic scuba skills, there are speciality AquaMissions, such as wreck diving, navigation, buoyancy, environmental awareness and more.
Continue the fun with the Master Seal Team course
The perfect program for PADI Seal Team members and for those not quite at the age to take the Junior Open Water. The Master Seal Team will allow you new and exciting experiences underwater. All children aged eight and above are welcome to continue their education in the underwater world.
What will you learn?
Part two of the Seal Team Programme involves 10 specialty AquaMissions.
This includes adventures like
- creature identification
- search and recovery diving
- wreck diving and skin diving.
Complete all ten of these and you’ll become a PADI Master Seal Team Member – joining an elite group of young scuba divers.
How can you start learning now?
Using your existing PADI Seal Team course manual and DVD you can begin by working through the chapters covering specialty AquaMissions. When you arrive at the pool for your first dive, you will be ready and prepared to take in all the new skills.
Using all the same special children’s scuba kit from your original Seal Team course, we will add in different speciality equipment depending on the planned dive. You will get experience using an underwater camera to take great images underwater, you can see what its like to float through space when working with our Inner Space Buoyancy station, and dive around our sunken shipwreck! These, and many more speciality AquaMissions are waiting for you.