Minimum Ages for PADI Certification Courses

Student divers as young as age ten now have access to PADI eLearning® and Touch products. Below is a list of courses that have digital products available and the minimum ages.

10 Years and older
Open Water
Digital Underwater Photo
Equipment Specialist
Dive Theory

12 Years and older
Advanced Open Water
Rescue Diver
Enriched Air Diver

18 Years and older
IDC (Instructor Development Course)


Interested in learning more about scuba programs for kids? There’s a useful overview on our blog of Bubblemaker, Seal Team, and Jr Open Water.

You can also check out this video from PADI Course Director Lynn Wickline (Aquatic Realm) where she shares her top tips for teaching children to scuba dive.

For more great teaching tips, contact your local PADI Course Director and our Tips from the Pros video series.

Minimum age for PADI courses
(from the 2nd Quarter 2016 Training Bulletin)
Minimum age limits for PADI digital produts
(from the 1st Quarter 2016 Training Bulletin)


3 Replies to “Minimum Ages for PADI Certification Courses”

    1. Thanks, Kevin. We didn’t list out all the courses because this post was only meant to give a run down of the minimum ages for courses with digital materials. For reference: a summary of age requirements can be found on pages 32-38 of the 2016 instructor manual.

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