Did you know that it’s possible to incorporate scuba diving in a multitude of extra-curricular award activities? Using Scouting, Girlguiding or DofE activities is a perfect excuse to encourage young people to take up a fascinating new hobby like scuba.

Whether learning to scuba dive is used as a reason for learning new skills and ways to communicate, as a stepping stone to a future career, or maybe just because they have an interest in our oceans, a diving accreditation can be used as evidence towards a number of different awards.


Although Girlguiding UK currently don’t have a scuba diving award, learning to dive can be used towards The Queen’s Guide Award.  Learning new skills and having adventures are central to the ethos of Girlguiding UK and learning to dive could be used as an element of the award. Learning to do outdoor activities and going on a residential to meet new people can both be covered in a PADI Open Water Course.

Additionally, Girlguiding UK are currently working on encouraging pools of volunteers to come and visit groups in their areas. If you are a Kent based Brownie, Guides or Rangers group, our TryDive session, which introduces children aged 8+ to swimming underwater, may be right up your street. Costing £25 per participant, this fantastic session can lay the groundworks for future diving opportunities and other awards.


Learning to scuba dive fits perfectly with the Cubs Water Activities Activity Badge and Scouts Adventure Challenge Award and Water Activities Activity Badge.

For the Cubs Water Activities Badge our TryDive session can be used as one of the optional activities required to achieve the award. The Scouts’ Adventure Challenge Award can be successfully completed by participating in a PADI Open Water Course.

Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)

Training in scuba diving can be used towards all levels of the physical section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. A PADI Open Water qualification consists of classroom-based learning and theory followed by 4 open water dives. Aside from providing the skills and qualifications to dive anywhere, learning to scuba dive is also a great reason to discover a new physical hobby.

If you are a coordinator of a youth group or DofE organiser and would like to chat about how Whitstable Scuba can help your young people achieve, please get in touch.

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