Should children dive with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA)?
Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
© 2011 The Author(s)/Acta Pædiatrica © 2011 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 101, Issue 5, pages 472–478, May 2012
How to Cite
Winkler , B. E., Muth, C.-M. and Tetzlaff, K. (2012), Should children dive with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA)?. Acta Paediatrica, 101: 472–478. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02589.x
- Issue published online: 4 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JAN 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 30 DEC 2011 11:02AM EST
- Received 26 September 2011; revised 30 November 2011; accepted 28 December 2011.
- Dive medical examination;
- Fitness to dive;
- Recreational diving
Diving with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) has become a popular recreational activity in children and adolescents. This article provides an extensive review of the current literature.
Conclusions: Medical contraindications to SCUBA diving for adults apply to children and adolescents, too, but must be adapted. Additional restrictions to the fitness to dive must apply to both, children and adolescents. Children should always be accompanied by a trained adult when diving.