There are plenty of adventurous parents out there who want to share their favorite hobbies with their children. But how many of the most popular adventure recreation activities are suitable for kids?
Here’s a quick guide to adventurous recreation with your young one!
Should I take my kid… scuba diving?
Scuba diving requires specific lessons. If you’re a scuba diver yourself, then you’ll know this full well! But just because you’re a scuba diver, it doesn’t mean you can legally teach your kid how to do it yourself. Children can start taking lessons from around the age of ten in this country, but you need to be sure they’re ready to do so.
There are some obvious prerequisites that should be met. For example, your child should obviously know how to swim already, and should have an actual interest in wanting to scuba dive! But you also need to make sure they’re medically fit enough to start this activity. In general, it’s probably best to leave it for a few years to figure out if the activity is right for them at all.
Should I take my kid… camping?
Absolutely! Most people went on their first camping trip when they were children. It’s a fantastic way of learning a great many things that will be very useful later in life. Of course, you shouldn’t force your child to go camping with you if they’re uncomfortable with it. But how do you know that it would make them uncomfortable?
One thing you should try is a backyard campout. Preferably, this experience should be as close to the real thing as you can get it. If you can safely start a campfire in your garden, then go for it! Show them a website like Rolling Fox to get them started in learning some essential camping skills.
Should I take my kid… climbing?
“Climbing” is way too vague a word, if you think about it. Are we talking about a climb up Mt Everest, here? If the answer is yes, I want to take my kid up Mt Everest… then the answer is no, you shouldn’t. But you can certainly start a 8-12 year old on indoor climbing lessons!
Of course, “climbing” can also refer to hiking. As long as they’re physically fit, then a hiking trip might be a great idea. Whatever you do, make sure everything you do is tailored to the child’s desires and abilities. Kids can achieve a lot in climbing and hiking if they’re really up to the task!
Should I take my kid… skydiving?
Woah! Slow down there, friend! A skydive is probably way too intense for a young child. Then again, you are reading the words of someone who is terrified of heights and who will probably never skydive in their life. But the law has my back here. The earliest age you’re legally allowed to take your child skydiving is 16. But the vast majority of skydiving institutes will flat-out refuse unless your child is over 18!
This doesn’t mean your younger child has to miss out, though. There are plenty of indoor skydiving experiences that are suitable for young ones! Sure, it’s very different from real skydiving. But it’s still a great idea!