Get ready for your PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience!
Have you always dreamt of breathing underwater, getting close up to fishes and swimming over a beautiful coral reef? But are not sure if you are able to do the whole PADI Open Water Course? There is an easy solution to that, the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience! This experience is a short introduction to diving usually 1 day or less with an optional dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters.
What is the PADI DSD (Discover Scuba Diving)?
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving is an experience where you will learn some simple basics about scuba diving. It does not give you a certification and you won’t be able to dive without an Instructor afterwards. You can use this short experience to see if you enjoy being underwater without having to take a full course.
To sign up for the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.
What will I learn during my PADI Discover Scuba Diving?
A short theory part
It explains how pressure affects our body underwater, why and how we equalize and some other important things you need to know before we can jump in the pool/ocean and start diving. At the end of the theory session you get a short knowledge review questionnaire to make sure you understand the basics.
The pool part
It is important that you learn some basics of scuba diving in a safe pool or confined open water environment before going for a dive.
In this part you have a look on how your BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) works, how to float safely on the surface. You will take your first breaths underwater! And you will learn 3 basic skills so you will be able to help yourself if you have a problem with your regulator or get a little water in your mask. A little bit of swimming and equalizing practice will usually be a part of the pool session as well, learning how to move your legs to use the fins efficiently underwater is important so you conserve energy and use less air on the dive.
Going for a dive in the Ocean!
Now that’s what you were waiting for, getting in to the ocean and watching fish. So much fun. After your Instructor made sure you feel comfortable in shallow water and you managed to comfortably perform some skills it is time to go for a dive to see why we divers love the Ocean so much. The maximum depth on this dive is 12 meters. Your Instructor will give you a Briefing where he/she will explain to you all you need to know about the dive and dive site before it is time to jump in the water. If you have any questions at this point or are unsure about something please ask before the dive because once underwater it is hard to ask and answer questions.
I loved my PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. What can I do next?
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving is a safe and easy way to have a look at scuba diving and try breathing underwater without having to study a lot. If you enjoyed the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience and you feel ready to take the next step you should have a look on our post about the PADI Open Water Course. In the PADI Open Water Course you will learn all you need to know to be a safe diver in theory and in the Water. It takes about 3-4 days.
If you have any more questions about the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or any diving course feel free to drop us a comment or send us a message.