Discover Scuba Diving Limitations

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience program offers an easy and immediate introduction to scuba.

After an initial briefing about safety and equipment, the dives can be conducted in a swimming pool, in confined water, or an open water environment.

There are no limits to the number of times beginners can participate in this discover scuba activity.

Nonetheless, because it is aimed at participants with no previous diver experience there are some limitations to all future dives that you make after completing the introductory program.

Limitation 1: Age limits for participants

Although children of younger age can try other limited kids' programs, the minimum age for a participant to take part in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program is ten years old. There is no upper age limit to this activity.

Limitation 2: Depth limits for participants

The first section of the discover scuba experience, including the skills introduction, should take place in shallow water and the student should be able to stand up. Following this, there are two maximum depth limits for DSD divers depending on the PADI rating of the professional who is conducting the program.

PADI Instructors may conduct the optional Open Water portion to a maximum depth of twelve meters (40 feet) whereas a PADI Divemaster with the DSD Leader rating may conduct the program in confined water only and to a maximum depth of six meters (20 feet).

Limitation 3: Equipment requirements for participants

Student divers who are taking part in the discovery program should be equipped with at least the following dive gear; diving mask, fins, air cylinder, buoyancy controller, regulator, and submersible pressure gauge.

Limitation 4: PADI Discover Scuba Diving program limitations for participants

Assuming that you tried scuba through this highly supervised and quick and easy introduction, you should be itching to get submerged again and see more of the underwater world.

The limitations of this activity mean that you should always dive with a PADI professional on any future discover scuba programs and this 'try dive' does NOT result in a diving certification or license to do so.

However, the good news is that your instructor may be able to credit any or all of the underwater scuba skills that you practiced towards either of the two PADI Scuba Certifications, the one day course scuba diver and the full diving license open water diver which could save you both time and money.

Note: Information is a guide for scuba divers and does not replace proper training and a dive license.

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