Is Scuba Diving Safe for Children?
Orca Scuba specialises in teaching young people, as young as 8 years old, how to scuba dive. Safety is therefore an intrinsic part of the company culture. It is obvious in everything that we do, and it is our most sacred principle.
PADI's stringent scuba diving safety measures
Worldwide scuba diving has one of the best safety records of all the so-called "adventure" sports. Universally the training is intensive and comprehensive, with a huge emphasis on safety and accident prevention. The certifying agencies lay out stringent standards that all of their associated dive operators must adhere to, and they will not allow people to dive without the requisite accreditation.
"We have a zero failure and accident track record and are actively working on keeping it like that, 24/7."
PADI is the largest and best known of the world's dive agencies, and its reputation for safe, sensible diving is well founded - keeping well within acceptable depths and dive limits. PADI takes numerous quality assurance measures and makes checks regularly throughout the industry, with stiff penalties for those who drop below the standards.
Child Safety at Orca Scuba
All Orca Scuba staff are trained to the highest level as PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers and Staff Instructors. They are also Emergency First Response Instructors and Oxygen Providers. Together, our management team alone have certified over 4000 students from beginner to professional level. Our scuba and safety equipment is modern and maintained to the highest standards.
Approved by the Singapore Tourism Board
Orca Scuba is one of only a few training centres in Singapore with the Singapore Tourism Board Travel License. This license is only given to those companies that operate according to and following the STB's stringent rules.
Top-rated Singapore dive centre
Headquartered in Singapore, Orca has built up top ratings among our customers, as can be seen on both our TripAdvisor and Facebook pages. We are proud of our reputation for getting the balance right between fun and safety. Our level of repeat business and close relationships with Singapore's schools is testament to that fact.
We are parents and safety experts
Most members of our management team have (diving) children themselves and understand the importance of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality. We have a zero failure and accident track record and are actively working on keeping it like that, 24/7.
"Our founder, Jeroen van de Waal, has a background in large-scale manufacturing, mechanical engineering, and oil and gas. He has worked with highly dangerous and potentially fatal working conditions his entire career. Jeroen has imposed his rigorous health and safety standards on Orca Scuba, making us - we are told - one of the most organised and process-orientated dive operators in the world."
Emergency First Response (EFR)
We are also the only scuba company with its own Emergency First Response room at our dive facilities. All our Master Scuba Diver Trainers are Emergency First Response providers, and more than 15 general staff at the Rawa Island Resort have been trained as EFR providers.
If you are a parent or teacher that's worried about the safety of your children, please send us a message with your concerns and we will be happy to explain our approach in more detail.