Family Diving: And who said that there is no sea in Bahrain? – health

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For Letcia Melo, diving is more than just a new hobby for her and her son Guilherme, who finished the advanced course this month. (Photo: personal archive)

The sea floor has always been a source of endless adventures. Whether starring adults or young adults, in literature or music, they mix real characters with animation, fantasy and reality.

“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne, “The Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles, and “Finding Nemo” by Pixar are examples of the most diverse ways in which the ocean depths can be described. For a child or teen, diving can be seen as a magical tool for discovery, inclusion and development.

If diving, on the one hand, works on focus, responsibility and safety with equipment and processes, on the other hand, water sports arouse curiosity and creativity, bring fun and tranquility to the family, help with mental health and relieve children’s stress.

Physiotherapist Lecha Tertuliano Mello, 41, says she initially faced some resistance when she suggested that her son Guilherme, 14, take the course. However, it took a while to change the game and the young man was happy to dive in.

“I have scuba divers friends, but I never thought of doing it. Guilherme has great ability and great knowledge of water and it occurred to me that we could do this activity together, and take him out a bit from the online teenage world. There was a lot of resistance, but he fell in love and we already did four Dips,” he says.

“At first I wasn’t really in the mood, but I wanted to try new things and also not be alone at home. When I went there and we went to the pool, it was one of the best things. After that, it was great to see the sea floor. I didn’t think it would be , the first time we go in and we’re always a little nervous, but once you get used to it it’s really cool. Seeing fish, turtles and all the other things you can’t see from above, Gillherme explains, enrolls in the basic course – Junior Open Water – in January , at Mar A Mar, in Belo Horizonte, and finished the advanced course this month.

“I’ll keep diving. Who knows, after a while, come out to dive deeper, I feel like it,” Guilherme Enterprises. For Letcia, diving is more than just a new hobby for her and her son. “Diving works on being responsible with oneself, getting good sleep, eating, being responsible for equipment, cleaning and taking care of it, caring for the other, the spouse, caring for the other, the group and the coach,” he outlines.

According to Karlan Lucas, the school’s training coordinator, the course is held between adults, usually parents, as well as siblings. “But there have been cases of children gathering and attending classes together.”

Except for personal equipment (mask, snorkel and fins), the school provides a roller, clothing, jacket and organizer.

Students learn breathing techniques, handling equipment, underwater travel, hand coordination, safety procedures, emotional control, and underwater communication.

The course is divided into theoretical and practical classes and can be taken from Monday to Friday or in an intensive manner on the weekend.

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Letizia and her father, Adriano Saraiva, went to Fernando de Noronha this year and saw sharks snorkeling (Photo: personal archive)

The course contains theoretical and practical chapters

According to Karlan Lucas, the school’s training coordinator, the course is held between adults, usually parents, as well as siblings. “But there have been cases of children gathering and attending classes together.”

Except for personal equipment (mask, snorkel and fins), the school provides all diving equipment (cylinder, suit, jacket, regulator).

The course is divided into theoretical and practical classes and can be taken from Monday to Friday or in an intensive manner on the weekend. Students learn breathing techniques, handling equipment, underwater travel, hand coordination, safety procedures, emotional control, and underwater communication.

The instructor points out that interest in nature is among the benefits of diving for children and teens. “They are also asked, when they are at sea, not to touch the reef, not to touch the marine life and to be responsible for the environment,” explains Karlan Lucas, emphasizing the personal development of each student. He points out that “there is an overstepping of boundaries and the control of tension.”

Letcia, 12, daughter of engineer from Minas Gerais, Adriano Saraiva, 47, has been living in Rio de Janeiro for about 20 years. She says the only difficulty she had was balancing her ears — divers need to know how to control pressure to keep their ears healthy and to be able to exercise without pain or discomfort. “One day on the course I got a slight headache because of it. But now it is quieter, sometimes it takes a while (to equalize), but it is possible and very cool,” says the young woman.

“She dives well, stays very calm, and has good buoyancy. In scuba diving, you have to be calm, so if any misfortune occurs, you can act calmly,” comments Lycia’s father.

Adriano even joked that he had to wait nearly 50 dives to see the sharks, which is a novice’s dream. Letizia saw the animals on their first dive, when they went to Fernando de Noronha, earlier this year. The duo are now contemplating bigger and deeper adventures for the future.

Everything in the family

Trader Claudio Rodriguez Barros de Abreu, 47, and interior designer Rica Rosenberg de Abreu, 42, belong to a family of divers. He has been playing sports for 25 years and his wife started in this world 10 years ago. “She had a hydrophobia. He followed me, but said he would never do that. Today, she says she regrets not having done this before,” she reveals.

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Kevin and Brian, the couple’s sons Claudio and Rica de Abreu, grew up to engage in the magic that scuba diving experience brought. (Photo: personal archive)

The couple’s two children, 18-year-old Brian and 12-year-old Kevin, grew up with the magic that scuba diving experience brought. For them, says the father, interest and practice were very natural. “The boys always accompanied us on our excursions. Kevin helps us since we were seven years old getting out of the water, getting equipment and everything. At the age of 10, he took the course at Mar A Mar and now he’s diving with us constantly,” he explains. “As he shared and dreamed of, the first time he swam like a fish.”

Claudio emphasizes that in addition to all that children learn and develop, diving is fun for the family. “In July we are going to Nassau, Bahamas, on vacation. The approach with the family is the key point. We lost our kids to video games and adolescence, which is normal. But when we say diving, the union is back and we spent 15 days together drinking coffee, talking, diving and doing With everything together. The best time for us ”, defines the father.

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