Rose Hall, Jamaica (May, 2007) -Just in time for summer Half Moon, the luxury family resort located in the exclusive Rose Hall enclave in Jamaica, is introducing brand new water sports activities for children.
"We have introduced Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth or "Sasy" as it's commonly referred to, for children ages 5-10. This gives them a feel for SCUBA diving which most Sasy kids gravitate to," said Half Moon's water sports captain, Bryan Langford. "We are also offering Bubble Maker courses for children up to 12 years old who want to learn the basics of SCUBA diving at $50 per hour."
With the Sasy program, children are outfitted with SCUBA gear designed for kids and are taken through the paces in the resort's pool. "Children are really introduced to the wonders of SCUBA diving in a safe, controlled environment as they are only taken to a depth of six feet of water while a trainer holds them and teaches them. This will get them well on the way to moving up in certification as they get older," Capt. Langford said.
Similarly, the Bubble Maker course takes older children a bit deeper, going the full depth of the pool to help them practice breathing and maneuvering underwater with SCUBA gear.
Older, more advanced children age 12 to 14 years can take their SCUBA lessons further with Junior Open Water certification, while those 15 years and older are eligible for Open Water certification. By successfully taking the open water certification course, children will receive the international PADI certification that will allow them to dive anywhere in the world. "Our programme is a genuine family affair," Langford continued. "Children as well as parents can truly get involved in all our activities."
Junior and Open Water certification courses are $450 and includes lessons, training manuals and four dives. The session is covered over three to four days and successful students receive their PADI certification card.
About Half Moon:
Located in the exclusive Rose Hall area of Montego Bay, this ultra-luxurious destination has been a “home away from home” to everyone from Queen Elizabeth II and Audrey Hepburn, to David Bowie and Iman, and Venus and Serena Williams. It is a hidden jewel in the Caribbean, and maintains a loyal following of celebrities, families, and businessmen/women alike. Each Royal Villa is practically its own hotel with 5, 6, or 7 private bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a swimming pool and a private staff – butler, housekeeper and cook – delivering impeccable service with warm Jamaican charm. With over 50 freshwater pools, an exclusive spa facility, the Robert Trent Jones Sr. Championship Golf Course, world-class tennis facilities, an onsite Equestrian Center, and an exciting variety of dining/entertainment options, the Half Moon indulges every interest.