Discover Scuba Dive
Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. PADI dive shops offer this program either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. You can try scuba close to home or while you’re on vacation at a dive destination. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
What will you learn?
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:
Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
Learn the key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
Have fun swimming around and exploring.
Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
Adventure Sports will likely provide all the basic scuba gear you’ll use including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and, a tank.
Contact Adventure Sports to sign up for a Discover Scuba Diving program and get a Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide. Your Participant Guide explains the experience and lets you pre-study the safety rules and skill techniques your dive professional will review with you. You’ll also learn about opportunities to become part of the scuba community after you complete your underwater experience.
Discover Scuba Diving is good for who?
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving programme is a short try-diving experience for adults and children aged 10 years and older. This introduces you to the basics of diving, but doesn’t certify you as a diver. The ‘DSD’ is usually a one-day or half-day activity, so it’s a great option if you’ve been thinking about trying SCUBA for a while but don’t have much time while you’re on holiday. It’s also perfect for building up confidence in the water before jumping straight into a full course.
In a typical DSD programme, a qualified PADI professional gives you a short but detailed briefing on the effects of water pressure, how to communicate underwater, how your equipment works, and how to enjoy diving safely. Then you’re ready to go! The first session is a ‘confined water’ practice, in a swimming pool or calm pool-like area, where you’ll get to grips with breathing through your regulator and swimming efficiently in your gear.
You’ll also be shown a few simple skills from the full Open Water course. When you’re ready for more, the second dive is an ‘open water dive’, which means your PADI professional can take you to an easy, shallow dive site in the open ocean – this is what it’s all about, after all!
Do I need to be able to swim?
Yes and No. Yes – in that to use the PADI standards as an example – you must be able to either swim 200m unaided, or 300m with a mask, fins and snorkel, and you must be able to comfortably maintain yourself in water too deep to stand up in for ten minutes by either floating or treading water.
And no – in that you do not have to be an Olympic athlete or even a particularly good swimmer to do this – you can float on your back and flutter your hands back and forth for an hour if that’s what it takes to ‘swim’ your 200m. The point is not that you can swim like a champion, it’s that you’re comfortable existing at the surface in deep water.
It’s NOT about the ability to swim; it’s about the ability to move comfortably through the water without panicking and/or drowning.
Nevertheless, it takes a little bit of effort, and so if you’ve never been in the water before, you may need to consider this before beginning your training