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PADI Seal Team & Bubblemaker Overview

The PADI Seal Team and PADI Bubblemaker programs are run by Ocean Tribe at our Diani Beach dive bases to give children younger than 10 the chance to experience the wonder of scuba diving and prepare them to enter junior scuba diving certification courses when they turn 10 years old.

Both the PADI Bubblemaker Scuba Diving Experience and the PADI Seal Team program are conducted in a swimming pool or sea site with swimming pool-like conditions for a safe exciting environment for the children to breathe off the scuba apparatus.

We have found these programs give kids the opportunity to work towards learning lifelong certifications with friends and family in a safe, team environment. Our scuba diving mantra is that we provide an inclusive sport that allows boys and girls with varying sporting abilities, interests, and passions to apply them to the underwater world. Given a small amount of patience, we are constantly astounded by the enthusiasm and personal development of our students every week for all course levels.

PADI Bubblemaker scuba diving for kids

The PADI BubbleMaker program introduces children to scuba equipment and gives them the chance to experience what it is like to scuba dive in the confines of a swimming pool under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor


padi seal team kids activities

The PADI Seal Team provides a structured learning environment combined with enjoyable scuba activities. This stimulating program appeals to kids who crave adventure, seek the challenge of learning new skills and want to gain an appreciation for preserving the aquatic realm. They also earn credit towards their Junior Open Water Diver certification.

This has 2 separate courses:

PADI Seal Team (missions 1-5) & PADI Master Seal (further 12 missions)

The PADI Seal Team Course is for the younger divers who want to get involved in diving the the pool and completing “Aqua-missions” using full scuba equipment specially designed to fit them.

They will learn safety techniques in diving and can continue on later to complete “Specialty” missions like Night diving, Wreck diving, photography and Environmental awareness. This is really cool and allows them to meet with their scuba friends regularly and have lot’s of FUN.

It also teaches them responsibility. It’s available for girls and boys from the age of 8 and above. Sessions last between 60 and up to 90 minutes. We also can also arrange privately tailored courses to meet your requirements and schedule. We also can arrange Seal Team Birthday Party’s or Scouts/Guides, etc. or any other group function for up to 12 people at a time on dates that suit you. Missions will be conducted by PADI Trained and Certified Professional Instructors.

You will complete Aqua-missions 1 through to 5 completing basic scuba diving skills having underwater fun and plenty of games. Once you have completed all five levels you become a PADI Seal Team member!


The PADI Master Seal Team is a program for kids that are already PADI Seal Team members or a PADI Junior Scuba Diver or part of the Junior Open Water Diver program. The PADI Seal Team provides a structured learning environment combined with enjoyable scuba activities. This stimulating program appeals to kids who crave adventure, seek the challenge of learning new skills and want to gain an appreciation for preserving the aquatic realm.

The second part is full of Specialty Aqua-missions. These are really cool dives and teach the kids different scuba activities.

The following are the Speciality missions they can complete: Creature ID, Inner Space, Night, Search & Recovery, Snapshot, Environmental, Navigation, Safety, Skin Diver, Wreck. Once you have completed 9 of the speciality missions you are awarded the PADI Master Seal Certificate and you become a PADI Master Seal Team Member. WOW.


PADI Discover Scuba Diving– For ages 10+ years. Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it. While not an actual scuba certification, during the discover scuba diving experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

PADI Junior Open Water Diver- For ages 10+ years. The PADI Open Water Course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. You breathe underwater for the first time (something you’ll never forget) and learn what you need to know to become a certified diver. During the course, you’ll make at least five pool dives and four dives at dive sites in Mombasa Marine Park under the supervision of your Ocean Tribe Instructor. The rating can be automatically upgraded to full Open Water certification when the diver reaches 15 years old.

PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver- For ages 12+years. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course builds on what you learned on the Open Water course, introducing new skills and extending the depth range to which you are permitted to dive. Unlike the Open Water course there is no confined water diving or classroom sessions, you are straight onto the boat in Mombasa Marine Park after some independent study in your manual and diving. You must complete 5 adventure dives and the matching knowledge reviews in the PADI Adventures in Diving Manual to qualify as an Advanced Open Water Diver.

PADI Junior Rescue Diver– For ages 12+years for Jnr Rescue Diver. It is time for “Serious Fun.” Do you see yourself as a caring person and want to be able to help people. The PADI Rescue Diver course teaches you the fundamental knowledge and skills to effectively assist a fellow diver in distress, co-ordinate dive accident scenario management and render appropriate first aid to a victim when necessary. The course takes three days to complete and follows on from the basic primary and secondary care training that you receive on the Emergency First Response course, which should be done prior to commencing a PADI Rescue Diver course.


What to Bring

  • Swimwear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Bag
  • Water bottle (we can provide water but not in single-use plastic)
  • Towel

We recommend on the Diani Dive trips not bringing anything that you don’t want to get wet. Our dives prior do carry dive bags but space can limited and we can store items in the dive centre,

padi seal team diving for kids
padi seal team diving for kids
padi seal team diving for kids

PADI Seal Team

First a pool briefing Here you learn the basics of diving. You get to breathe underwater from your regulator. You will learn about your air pressure gauge and practice diving signals underwater using your hands. In shallow water you will put on and adjust your scuba gear You will then practice ear clearing and swimming correctly with fins Breathe underwater, check your air and give air signals after reading your air gauge You will then practice ascents (going up)

Makes you a more confident diver. Skills will be: Shallow water entry and put on and adjust your scuba gear. More hand signals. Regulator removal and replacement with blowing bubbles. Regulator removal and recovery of the regulator again blowing bubbles. Equalising the mask Ascents

After this Aqua-mission, you’re more than halfway to becoming a PADI Seal Team member! Skills to complete are: Shallow water entry and put on and adjust scuba gear. Some more hand signals. Practice Inflating & deflating your BCD at surface. Flood and clear water from your mask while underwater. Breathing from an Octopus. Ascents

Now it’s time to feel like an Astronaut, you learn what it’s like to be weightless. Skills are: shallow water entry and put on and adjust scuba gear. Regulator removal and recovery from behind you. Fin pivots and hovering in mid-water. Ascents.

This is your last and qualifying aqua-mission. On completion you will be awarded the PADI Seal Certificate. Skills to complete are: Snorkel clearing and Snorkel to regulator exchange. Surface swimming with scuba gear. You will then repeat all these skills to show mastery from all the previous missions. Shallow water entry put on and adjust scuba gear. Snorkel to regulator exchange. Surface swim to descent line. Deflate BCD, descend, ear clearing, Breathe whilst underwater Underwater swimming. Read your air gauge and signalling. Clear water from mask while underwater. Octopus breathing. Hand signals. Regulator removal and recovery. Replace regulator and clear. Fin pivot & hovering. Inflate BCD at surface.

PADI Master Seal Team

Learn how to identify aquatic animals. Learn how these animals move, swim or push themselves through the water. Identify aquatic creatures New hand signals for aquatic creatures

Here you play the role of a scientist, practice, search for and uncover the secrets of pollution. · By knowing these skills you will help you protect the environment both above and below the water. Skills: Swim feet high, head low search position · Underwater clean-up of rubbish carefully placed in the pool using a search pattern

Here you will learn how to hover in the water just like an Astronaut. We have a special space capsule for you to build underwater and then practice your buoyancy around it. Skills including fin pivots and hovering.

Here you’ll learn to measure distances underwater and how to not get lost when diving! Skills include: Underwater compass practice. Measure distances by counting kick cycles.

Here you will find diving in the dark exciting and fun, the parents will wonder what’s going on as all they can see are your lights. This is one of the greatest dives to do with your buddies and it’s super cool. We will show you how to signal your buddy underwater at night and “YES” the whole pool is in the dark for this one.

Here you will learn how to help and care for your fellow buddy if they get into trouble. Skills covered are: Pre-dive safety check. Cramp removal of yourself and your buddy. Throw a rescue line or float to a buddy in need. Surface buoyancy of yourself and your buddy. Rescue tow.

Here you’ll learn how to search for a lost item and bring it safely to the surface. You will be searching for a lost item on pool bottom using special search patterns. Remove an object from pool bottom by using a lift bag and your octopus.

This is the only session where you will not be in scuba for most of the session however good snorkelling skills are an essential part of diving.

You will practice snorkel, mask and fins adjustment. Snorkel swim on surface without using your hands. Blast clearing your snorkel. Removing of water from your mask. Control your direction while swimming on the surface and duck diving.

Learn how to take really cool underwater photographs of your buddies underwater and then show them to all your friends
You will be taking pictures underwater and how to get some special photographic effects.

Ever wondered what it might be like to explore a sunken wreck? We will show you how to assemble a wreck underwater then explore it carefully avoiding potential hazards ( the hazards are not real for this exercise) Practice good buoyancy control Measure and map the wreck whilst underwater.

PADI Seal Team & Bubblemaker- Information for Parents

To take part in the scuba diving courses and experiences the following apply:

  • ·  Children/ young people must meet the minimum age for the specific program
  • ·  Medical conditions must be met – the medical questions are on the individual course statements and paperwork. These must be answered honestly and truthfully as they relate to the safety of your child whilst diving.

· They do not have to be accomplished swimmers to take part in the experience but they should be comfortable in the water.


We share pick up/drop off duties with other parents. Can someone else bring my child(ren) along?

Yes and no. A parent or legal guardian must attend with the child(ren) at the first session of a PADI Seal Team/Bubblemaker programs undertaken with Ocean Tribe.

We set this condition because the paperwork which we require you to fill out has to be completed correctly as it relates to the safety of your child. Part of this relates to a safety briefing which must be heard by both parent and child and requires a signature from each person to show they have listened to this.

All paperwork has to be signed by a parent or legal guardian and we are VERY particular about this. Any mistakes or omissions will result in disappointment as we will not allow the child in the water.

Following this, we will accept children as a group drop-off but we will require a responsible adult to remain on site during the session.

What happens if I answer “Yes” to any of the medical questions?

The medical questionnaire is used to ensure that your child is generally fit to dive and must be answered truthfully. If there are any positive answers then this does not necessarily rule them out from diving but they must receive approval from your GP. We use an additional medical questionnaire which contains a form for your GP to sign as well as some notes for their consideration.

Can I start the course and get medical approval prior to final sign-off?

No. We are required to ensure participants are fit to dive before they are accepted on to the experience and we must have a GPs approval if any conditions have been noted.

Can I persuade you to overlook this answer or give me a fresh form to fill out?

No. None of our staff are fully medically trained and as such are not in a position to make judgement calls on whether a particular individual is medically fit to dive. As the forms are a self-certification they should be completed honestly – if any of our staff become aware of medical conditions subsequently then they will require a Doctor’s sign-off before allowing the child to continue with the course.

kids parties scuba diving

Bubblemaker Birthday’s are a special and fun way to celebrate your child’s special day. All participants must be at least 8 years old to be on scuba equipment. Please contact us for packages.

Cost: Ksh 60,000 for 6 kids, Ksh 2,500 for each additional child up to 12 kids. Our experienced and children friendly instructors will be conducting the programs to ensure your child has the best scuba experience.





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