One of the common questions we get asked by our non-diver friends is, “Do you need to be certified to dive?”. The answer is yes, and no. To be able to join leisure diving trips (anywhere in the world) you would need to be certified by a professional diving association like the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, or simply known as PADI. However, there is also a special program offered by PADI that allow you to experience the underwater world as a non-certified diver, a Try Dive experience. This comes in handy for people who want might only want to have a “look see” to see if it’s a sport they might enjoy (most likely yes and maybe would like to further their interest in (get certified).
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience, or PADI DSD, is a one day try dive. The PADI Discover Diving Experience involves a short briefing about diving, a confined skills session and with Borneo Dream 2 ocean dives – one shore dive in the morning, and one dive in the afternoon in the tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Each skill will be thoroughly explained and demonstrated to you (you get a chance to practice them too!). Your PADI dive instructor will be right there with you to make sure you are comfortable with one skill before you go on to the next!
At the end of the PADI try dive program, each participant will receive a certificate of participation (for you to show off to your friends ;). This certification also credits towards the first internationally recognised certification to dive in an open sea environment – the PADI Open Water Diver Course (if taken within the same holiday with the same PADI Dive Centre). Whether or not you decide to further your diving, you still go back with an experience of a lifetime and a whole new view to the underwater world!
If you would like to know more about the PADI DSD program, just send us an email and we would be more than happy to send you more information!