The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program gives beginners a quick and easy tryout to become a diver for a day and see how much you like it.
Swimming proficiency is not required for this limited try-dive. So, you can learn to dive in a pool, from a beach, or from a dive boat via the DSD program.
Are you wondering what it takes to explore the underwater world? You can try out the basic steps in the PADI DSD diving program.
You will learn:
You get direct supervision from a PADI Professional for the whole experience. They will also guide your practice sessions in shallow water before you make an open water dive.
The aim is to get you comfortable and confident in a shallow depth underwater. Then, your instructor will lead you into deeper water for the first time. This is where you can swim around coral reef formations and explore diverse sea life creatures.
So, you're curious to know what it feels like to breathe underwater? If so, you can try scuba diving without having to take a certification course. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving package makes it possible for learners.
There are no specific prerequisites to try the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. Hence, absolute beginners can go scuba diving and join in the fun.
In case you were wondering:
Twelve metres (forty feet) is the maximum depth allowed for the DSD program. What's more, PADI dive shops can credit the one day try dive towards the full international certification.
From the age of ten (10), anyone in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in water can take part in the DSD lessons. It is an ideal way to participate in a one day scuba experience program.
Your level of comfort underwater, and the discretion of your instructor, will determine how deep you go down. But, the maximum depth you can go during this scuba tryout for novices is 12 metres.
Note: Another section highlights a few other limitations to the PADI introductory dive course (e.g. scuba diving age restrictions).
The resort course begins by completing the mandatory registration form and participant statement. The participant brochure is a manual booklet required for the experience. It is not a license to dive independent of instruction.
PADI paperwork provides valuable information about 'medical suitability' to participate in the discovery program.
You will receive a brief knowledge and safety review flip chart (or cue card session) and then learn how to scuba.
After the discover scuba diving briefing, you get to practice all the basic lessons for beginners in a shallow body of water.
Then, when you are relaxed and breathing comfortably, it will be time to go scuba diving - directly supervised by a qualified instructor.
What is most surprising for many first time divers in the PADI Discover Scuba program? Well, you realise how easy it is to breathe through a regulator while submerged underwater.
So, you get the opportunity to decide whether you enjoy diving without plunging into a full course. If not, you may enjoy a snorkeling trip instead.
But wait - there’s more:
The dive shop provides you with all the appropriate diver equipment that you need for the course. You learn how to use basic dive gear, which will include:
Note: There is no need to panic about using the equipment! Your dive leader will oversee the gear operation while you are submerged underwater.
If you have limited time, we can also conduct the half day discovery experience in a swimming pool. But, it takes one full day to complete the DSD program (e.g. two dives in open water) from the dive boat.
You will get:
We can often credit the basic skills you learn in the discovery program towards other international scuba certifications (e.g. PADI Scuba Diver). Crediting skill sections reduces vacation time and course costs.