The minimum age requirement for certification as a scuba diver is 10 years old.
Which will come under the junior open water diver banner.
And there isnt any max limitations on age ,more on physical limitations and health considerations for the senior citizens who are considering taking up diving.
There is a questionare for all students to go through so that they have a rough idea on whats is required to qualify for the dive course and what would pre empt a person.
Mainly if there are respiratory complications or circulatory problems , depending on the severity of the condition almost always it will preclude the participant unless he gets a physician to give him medical check up and can give them an all clear letter to sign up.
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
A disability is defined as a physical impairment that interferes with an
individual’s ability to perform required diving motor skills. Although meeting
skill performance requirements may be challenging, Dive instructors can
suggest adaptive techniques and make reasonable accommodations to assist
individuals with disabilities in learning diving skills.
People with disabilities may:
Participate in scuba training activities after they obtain approval from a
licensed physician. However, the instructor has the final say on
who they will accept into the scuba course. Instructors have no
obligation to accept every applicant.
Receive certification when they satisfactorily fulfill all performance
requirements for the particular certification level.
Continue to participate in diver training activities if unable to fulfill the
certification performance requirements, provided those individuals are
otherwise qualified to participate. For example, they may participate in
confined water training sessions, or the introductory dive experiences.
The physiological and physical considerations of scuba diving .
It is important to follow established safety procedures in diving to eliminate unnecesary risks.
To scuba dive safely, you must not be extremely overweight
or out of shape. Diving can be strenuous under certain
conditions therefore the respiratory and circulatory systems must be able to cope in those conditions. All body air spaces must be normal and healthy. A
person with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy,
asthma, a severe medical problem, or who is under the influence
of alcohol or drugs should not dive. If taking medication, consult
your doctor and the instructor before participation in this program.
You will also need to learn from the instructor the important safety
rules regarding breathing and equalization while scuba diving.
Improper use of scuba equipment can result in serious injury. You
must be thoroughly instructed in its use under direct supervision
of a qualified instructor to use it safely.
Behavioral: The diver’s mental capacity and emotional makeup are important to safe diving. The student diver must have
sufficient learning abilities to grasp information presented to him by his instructors, be able to safely plan and execute his
own dives and react to changes about him in the underwater environment. The student’s motivation to learn scuba and his
ability to deal with potentially dangerous situations is also crucial to safe diving.
absolute cotraindications will be
• Inappropriate motivation to dive – solely to please spouse or partner, to prove oneself in the face of personal fears
• Claustrophobia and agoraphobia
• Active psychosis or while receiving psychotropic medications
• History of panic disorder
• Drug or alcohol abuse