Originally Posted by MeMe
..........who might be able to tell me the minimum age limit to take up diving. My daughter is 12 and would like to take lessons in readiness for a trip to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora in August where we will be spending time sailing between the same.
10 is the minimum for a Junior OW (can dive, but only with another OW diver); I think at 15 you can get a regular OW card.
It's actually the same for any agency (pretty sure - SSI is the same way), but some shops set higher limits (my shop uses 13 or 14, dependent on instructors evaluation.)
IMO, it's the maturity level of the individual that is key, and Dad may not be the best person to evaluate that. OTOH, I've seen 12 year olds who were more mature than a lot of 18 and 19 YO's.