Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Discover Scuba Diver Course (DSD)

You’re on holiday and you decide you want to give diving a go.

You meet your instructor and they say, “So you want to do a DSD?”

Hang on . . . say what? I want to try diving, I don’t want to do anything technical, what is this strange “DSD” I’ve never heard of it!

All this funny lingo that divers use can be very confusing in the beginning. Nearly every person who enquires about diving asks what is a DSD? Given we have so many happening at the moment I thought I’d explain . . .

For a lot of divers their first underwater experience came with doing a Discover Scuba Diver course (DSD) which is essentially a try dive.

In PADI’s Discover Scuba Diver course you have a briefing which introduces you to the equipment and explains what happens to your body when you go diving . . .

you get used to how the equipment feels and where everything goes . . .

then its off to the pool to get used to breathing underwater

Once you’re relaxed you will do some skills with your instructor

Then it’s off for your first dive on one of the Maltese reefs . . .

PADI’s Discover Scuba Diver does two things. It allows you to give diving a go without committing to a full beginner level course before you even know if you like it. However the wonderful thing about the Discover Scuba Diver course is that if you find you really enjoyed the experience and you successfully complete the 4 skills in the pool before your dive you will get a certificate that lets you go diving to 12m with an instructor anywhere in the world.

If you liked it so much you want to get the full licence to go diving which will last the rest of your life then the DSD course also credits towards your beginner level course so you get money off because you have already completed the first part of the course.

So the DSD gives you the chance to try diving in a safe environment and it also gives you the option to carry on diving if you find yourself hooked on it!

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