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PADI Seal Team

Course Introduction

The PADI Seal Team is an exciting pool based underwater activity program that is designed to introduce the world of SCUBA to kid’s ages 8 and 9 years old. This program is packed full of underwater activities and specialty dives to keep kids learning and practicing their SCUBA diving skills until they become old enough/mature enough to venture out into open water.

As part of their PADI Seal Team membership, PADI Seals have access to a special website designed for young divers. There, young divers can learn more about the PADI Seal Team through character bios and they can read about the PADI Seal Team and Specialty AquaMissions.

Each AquaMission consists of a briefing, a skill session and a game or activity. Completing the pool dive and answering challenge questions in their PADI Seal Team AquaMission Logbooks earns young divers an AquaMission decal.

Young divers must watch with their parents the youth diving and responsibility risk video at the bottom right-hand side of this webpage.

Course Overview

Finishing AquaMissions 1 through 5, which is equivalent to completing the skills in confined water dive one from the PADI Open Water Diver course, means young divers are now PADI Seal Team members. Receiving a PADI Seal Team member card and wall certificate recognizes their accomplishments and allows them to work toward the PADI Master Seal Team recognition.

Academics

To begin the PADI seal team program young divers will watch the PADI seal team video and complete all questions in their PADI seal team AquaMission activity book. During your first classroom session, your PADI instructor will review and discuss your answers with you.

PADI Seal Team AquaMission 1 Goal

AquaMission 1 introduces knowledge and skills from the PADI Bubblemaker and Discover SCUBA Diving courses, along with Confined Water Dive One Skills from the PADI Junior SCUBA Diver or Open Water Diver course. Skills and knowledge are combined with entertaining pool games that develop diver ability, confidence and comfort.

Upon completion of AquaMission 1, students will be able to answer the following questions:
• What is the most important safety rule for SCUBA diving?
• How do you keep your ears comfortable while SCUBA diving?
• How do you know how much air is left in your SCUBA tank?
Skills
• Shallow water entry
• Don and adjust equipment
• Underwater breathing
• Underwater swimming
• Air gauge reading and understanding
• Air supply signaling
• Ear clearing (equalizing)
• Hand signals (OK, Up, Down, I Have a Problem, Stop)Ascent,

Upon completion of AquaMission 1, students will be able to:
1. Don and adjust mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, SCUBA and weights (if appropriate) with the assistance of a buddy, instructor or certified assistant.
2. In shallow water, demonstrate proper SCUBA breathing habits; remembering to breathe naturally and not hold the breath.
3. Swim underwater with SCUBA equipment on while maintaining control of both direction and depth.
4. Properly equalize the ears while underwater to accommodate depth changes.
5. While underwater, locate and read the air gauge and signal whether the air supply is adequate or low, based on the gauge’s caution zone.
6. While underwater, recognize and demonstrate standard hand signals.
7. Demonstrate the techniques for a proper ascent.

PADI Seal Team AquaMission 2 Goal

PADI Seal Team AquaMission 2 Goal
AquaMission 2 introduces additional Confined Water Dive One Skills from the PADI Junior SCUBA Diver or Open Water Diver course, combined with entertaining pool games that develop diver ability, confidence and comfort. Young divers must become proficient in AquaMission 2 skills in shallow water (2 meters/6 feet of water maximum) before progressing to deeper water (4 meters/12 feet maximum).
Challenge
Upon completion of AquaMission 2, students will be able to answer the following questions:
• What do you do when your regulator is out of your mouth?
• What is a purge button?
• How do you avoid a mask squeeze?
Skills
• Shallow water entry
• Don and adjust equipment
• Regulator removal and bubble blowing
• Regulator replacement and clearing
• Regulator removal and recovery
• Mask equalization
• Hand signals
• Ascent
Upon completion of AquaMission 2, students will be able to:
1. Clear a regulator while underwater using the purge button method and resume breathing from it.
2. Properly equalize the mask while underwater to accommodate depth changes.

PADI Seal Team AquaMission 3 Goal

AquaMission 3 continues to introduce Confined Water Dive One Skills from the PADI Junior SCUBA Diver or Open Water Diver course, combined with entertaining pool games that develop diver ability, confidence and comfort.
Challenge
Upon completion of AquaMission 3, students will be able to answer the following questions:
• What do the inflator hose on a BCD do?
• What is your extra regulator called?
• What does S.A.F.E. stand for?
Skills
• Shallow water entry
• Don and adjust equipment
• Inflate/deflate BCD at surface (power inflator)
• Clear a partially flooded mask
• Octopus breathing (alternate air source use – must be supplied by the instructor)
• Hand signals (Low on air, out of air, and share air)
• Ascent
Upon completion of AquaMission 3, students will be able to:
1. In shallow water, clear a partially flooded mask while underwater.
2. Inflate/deflate a BCD at the surface using the power inflator.

3. In shallow water, breathe underwater for at least 30 seconds from an alternate air source supplied by the instructor.

PADI Seal Team AquaMission 4 Goal

AquaMission 4 in addition to introducing more Confined Water Dive One Skills from the PADI Junior SCUBA Diver or Open Water Diver course, AquaMission 4 introduces the concept of buoyancy control, or feeling weightless underwater, and allows development of buoyancy control skills.
Challenge
Upon completion of AquaMission 4 young divers will be able to answer the following questions:
• Which arm do you use when you recover your regulator?
• What are you controlling when you do a fin pivot?
• What is hovering?
Skills
• Shallow water entry
• Don and adjust equipment
• Regulator removal and recovery (from behind the shoulder)
• Regulator replacement and clearing (blowing hard)
• Underwater weightlessness: Neutral buoyancy – fin pivot (power inflator only)
• Underwater weightlessness: Neutral buoyancy – hovering (power inflator only)
• Ascent
Upon completion of AquaMission 4, students will be able to:
1. In shallow water, recover a regulator hose from behind the shoulder while underwater.
2. Clear a regulator while underwater using the exhalation method and resume breathing from it.
3. Independently establish neutral buoyancy underwater by pivoting on the fin tips or, when appropriate, another point of contact (power inflator).
4. Using buoyancy control only, hover without kicking or sculling.

PADI Seal Team AquaMission 5 Goal

AquaMission 5 introduces surface SCUBA skills and a controlled descent using a descent line. Completion of AquaMission 1-5 results in membership in the PADI Seal Team. An organized display of skills and activities learned in previous AquaMissions is an essential part of AquaMission 5.
Challenge
Upon completion of AquaMission 5, students will be able to answer the following question:
• What is the best way to move through the water?
• What are four important things to remember about SCUBA diving?
• Why are snorkels good to use on the surface?
Skills
• Snorkel clearing – blast method
• Snorkel to regulator exchange
• Surface swim with SCUBA
Upon completion of AquaMission 5, students will be able to:
1. Clear a snorkel of water by using the blast method.
2. Exchange snorkel for regulator and regulator for snorkel while at the surface.
3. Swim at the surface, while wearing SCUBA and breathing through the snorkel. They will also demonstrate the skills they have already mastered in Aqua-Missions 1- 4 by performing a skill circuit:
Skill Circuit
• Shallow water entry
• Don and adjust equipment
• Snorkel to regulator exchange – surface swim to descent line
• Deflate BCD at surface (power inflator)
• Controlled descent
• Ear clearing (equalizing)
• Underwater breathing
• Underwater swimming
• Air gauge reading and understanding/air supply signaling
• Clear a partially flooded mask
• Octopus breathing (alternate air source use – must be supplied by the instructor)
• Hand signals (OK, Up, Down, Stop, I Have a Problem, Low On Air, Out Of Air, Share Air, Blow Bubbles)
• Regulator removal and recovery (from behind the shoulder)
• Regulator replacement and clearing (blowing hard and purge button)
• Underwater weightlessness: Neutral buoyancy – fin pivot (power inflator only)
• Underwater weightlessness: Neutral buoyancy – hovering (power inflator only)
• Ascent
• Inflate BCD at surface (power inflator)

    Aquamission duration

    Each AquaMission is approximately 3 hours in duration from start to finish.
    The program begins with poolside orientation and safety briefing followed by in water training and finishing up with equipment disassembly and cleaning.

     

    Continue your SCUBA adventure to the next level

    Once you have completed your first 5 AquaMission's you will be ready for more. There are 10 more adventure AquaMission's to choose from. Complete all 15 AquaMission's and become a PADI Master Seal Team member.

    The PADI Bubblemaker SCUBA diving experience is a prerequisite for the PADI Seal Team.

Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    Successfully completed the PADI Bubblemaker program.

     

    Age requirements

    PADI Minimum Age Requirement is 8 years old.

     
    swimming requirements

    Participants must be able to swim. You do not need to be Olympic swimmers.  You just need to be comfortable in the water and pass a basic swim test.

     

    depth restrictions

    The maximum depth for AquaMission 1 and 2 is 2 meters/6 feet.

    The maximum depth for AquaMission 3,4 and 5 is 4 meters/12 feet.

     

    required Books

    PADI Seal Team Crew-Pak w/ Multilingual DVD (DU,E,F,S)

    Includes PADI Seal Team; DVD, activity book, logbook, certificate, decal and member card application.

     

    required equipment

    Standard rental scuba equipment is included in this program which includes: BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks and Weights.

     

     

    Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Communication Slate and Wetsuits are Not Included. Wetsuits may be required (during winter programs).

     

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    Safety First!

    We do not accept equipment that is unsafe or damaged to be used in any of our programs.  

    If you have any questions on whether the equipment you have will be acceptable for this program, please contact us prior to class. 

     

    waivers and liability releases

    Participants and parents (both) or guardians must complete and sign the PADI Seal Team Statement prior to in water activities.

    Parent or guardian signature is required for participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.

    If the participant checks yes to any condition on the medical questionnaire portion of the form, the participant must receive medical approval in writing prior to any in-water activities.

    This statement is only valid for 12 months.There Are No Exceptions.

     

    Certification

    Upon successful completion of the PADI seal team dives 1 through 5, student divers are qualified to participate in other AquaMission's.

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Youth Diving Responsibility and Risk

Parents and Junior Divers Must Watch This Video Together