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PADI Discover Scuba Diving to PADI Open Water Diver Course
Your introduction to the underwater world
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) experience was designed as a one-day experience for those who might be interested in scuba diving, but aren’t quite sure. Maybe they’re intimidated by the equipment, or have little experience with water, and aren’t sure how they’ll react. The PADI DSD is a great introduction for anybody who is wary of doing the full PADI Open Water Diver course for whatever reason. Just as the title suggests, it’s the perfect way to discover whether or not scuba diving is for you.
It begins with a quick lesson from a certified instructor in scuba diving basics; things like the number one rule of scuba diving: breathe continuously; never hold your breath. After the brief lesson in scuba diving basics, the instructor familiarizes the students with the equipment they’ll be using to move around, see, and more importantly, breathe underwater.
These things include a buoyancy control device (BCD), a regulator, a mask, and fins. The instructor will explain and demonstrate the use of all of these things in an interactive manner, letting the students breathe from their regulator and inflate/deflate the BCD. He/she will then go on to describe the few basic skills to be practiced in shallow water, explaining the technique and reason for learning each one.
After the lesson, it’s time to get in the water. The instructor will assist the students in preparing and donning their equipment and entering the water in a safe manner. The group will then make their way to the beach, until they’re standing in chest-deep water, where they’ll practice the skills discussed earlier, and experience breathing underwater for the first time. There are usually three skills practiced in the DSD experience. Regulator clearing (how to get water out of your regulator), regulator recovery (recovering your regulator if it slips from your mouth during a dive), and mask clearing (forcing water from your mask without returning to the surface to empty it). These skills will all be performed while kneeling down in the water, so if there are any problems, the student just needs to stand up. The instructor will demonstrate all of these skills and then have the students demonstrate them. Once each student has demonstrated their mastery of each skill, the instructor will take the group on a guided tour of the dive site, overseeing the group in case of any problems as well as pointing out interesting things to see.
After the first dive, the group will be picked up by the boat and taken to one of the islands for lunch and a short rest. When everyone is ready to get back in the water, the group returns to the boat and prepares for their second dive. After another 45 minutes or so underwater, the boat will make its way back to the drop-off point, and without a doubt, everyone will have had a splendid time.
The real beauty of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience (aside from the natural beauty of the underwater realm) is that if it’s not enough, and someone decides that scuba diving is definitely for them, they can then sign up for a PADI Open Water Diver course and get certified to dive anywhere in the world. The things they learned and did in their DSD will be credited towards their Open Water Diver certification, and they’ll enjoy two more full days of scuba diving adventure, learning exciting skills such as the No-Mask Swim and Navigate a Reciprocal Heading Underwater.
After their PADI Open Water Diver certification, if they’re still not satisfied (many students get addicted and must keep coming back for more), they can go on to get their Advanced Open Water certification. In this course, they’ll do five dives and learn more about the effects of depth on a diver and the environment, navigating underwater, and many other interesting and useful things. Maybe they would like to try diving at night – this writer’s favorite time to dive – or learn more about identifying what they see underwater. The possibilities are seemingly endless, and they all begin with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience.
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