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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?

This is not a freediving answer!!! Freediving is not for 8-yr old kids. This is also not a scuba diving answer, this answer is about about casual, low-intensity, snorkeling, mostly on the surface, ...
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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?

An existing answer makes a key point, but it's rather hidden: make sure he doesn't hyperventilate before diving. Hyperventilating reduces CO₂ in the blood, and it's the CO₂ buildup that leads to the ...
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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?

I am a spearfisher who dives regularly beyond 20m. I lost a friend who blacked out freediving (40m) alone and am fairly educated on the matter. As mentioned previously, hyperventilation is the main ...
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What wetsuit thickness is recommended in which temperatures for diving?

Wet suit thickness is a very personal thing. I for instance dive in a 3mm shorty in 15C and higher and 3mm one piece for temperatures under 15C and above 6C Remember that you can also layer. So I ...
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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?

Make sure he's educated about equalisation and gas expansion/contraction under pressure. He should equalise ("pop") his ears several times while diving to such depths. He is probably already ...
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Efficacy of snorkel mask defogging agent on safety glasses

Defogging a dive mask is usually done with a soap solution. You get two effects that help keep moisture from forming on the glass: cleaning and a soap residue. Baby shampoo works for me, is cheaper ...
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Snorkel in the mouth during the diving cycle or not?

I keep the snorkel in my mouth during 'duck dives'. When nearing the surface, I look upwards - that makes the snorkel point downwards, and just a small trickle of air can purge it, since the air is '...
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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?

Speaking as a parent of a child with whom I went swimming very often in that same age bracket: I did an ABC course and am very comfortable diving in regular indoor and outdoor pools/swimming lanes, ...
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What wetsuit thickness is recommended in which temperatures for diving?

It's a question of the right tool for the job. For diving in temperatures below 14 degrees Celcius, a drysuit is best. When diving below 7 degrees a wetsuit really isn't the right tool for the job ...
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What to consider when buying fins for recreational snorkeling?

I'll say full boot (more comfortable, and you don't need to buy booties), open toe (for water and sand to drain), solid (more sturdy against accidental strikes), and on the shorter end of the models. ...
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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?

To build upon a previous answer, I suggest you and your son get Skin Diving certification from a diver course. This would give you training to answer your own question! For example NAUI offers a ...
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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?

Generally speaking, it's not dangerous, I would however be worried about two main things Compression of the lungs at depth is an issue, you wouldn't like your son tearing his lung tissue. At 4m, this ...
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Can a kid ever dive too deep while snorkeling and breath-hold diving?

The depth is not an issue. As a SCUBA diver, I have gone far deeper and stayed far longer than he will ever be able to do with his breath. The human body can handle it. If he manages to stay below ...
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