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PADI Discover Scuba Dive

Experience your first breaths underwater and complete weightlessness in the water!

About the experience


Have you always wondered what it would be like to be able to breathe underwater, but you are not ready to commit to a full PADI Open Water Diver Course yet? Then Diving Adelaide’s PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is exactly what you’re looking for!

During the Discover Scuba Diving program you will get a taste of what scuba diving is all about. Our experienced dive team will explain the basics of scuba diving to you and will set up the scuba diving equipment for you.

We know that your experience will very much depend on how comfortable you are during your dive, which is why your professional instructors will stay very close to you during the whole experience.

We conduct all our Discover Scuba Dives on Tuesdays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM and Fridays from 6.00 PM to 9.00 PM. Generally the program only takes about 2 hours though.

What you need to know before you start the experience:

  • Besides the theory, you have to fill out a medical questionnaire before you start the course to check whether you are fit to dive (see below for more information)
  • You need to be able to swim and be comfortable in the water.
  • All equipment is included in the experience (Buoyancy vest, regulators, gauges, filled cylinders, weightbelts plus weights, wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins)
  • A minimum age of 12 years applies. Every student under the age of 18 needs to have a parent or a guardian sign a consent form (available from the dive centre).

Also please make sure that you have had something to eat before the experience, as the Discover Scuba Diving program takes a few hours.

Please make sure that you fill out a Dive Medical Questionnaire before the experience, which will tell you whether you are fit to dive or whether you need to get a dive medical done by a diving doctor. If you need to see a doctor, please see Frequently Asked Questions below for details.

Standard Course Schedule

We run the PADI Discover Scuba Dive Experience twice per week. Once on Tuesday afternoon and once on Friday evening.

The session starts with a brief theory overview and explanation of how your scuba equipment works. We then go for a pool to experience the sensation of breathing underwater! During the pool session we will show you the basics of scuba diving, such as clearing water out of your mask and regulator and enjoy the feeling of weightlessness underwater!

Tuesday Afternoon1:00AM-4:00PMDiscover Scuba Dive
Friday Night6:00PM-9:00PMDiscover Scuba Dive

What To Bring

  • A full stomach and something to drink. As the experience can run until about 9:00PM, please make sure that you have had something to eat beforehand and bring a bottle of water or something else to drink.

  • Swimmers and a Towel We provide all the equipment, but these you will need to bring yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions

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We have taught the youngest kids all the way up to 70 years old to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in the course!

Being comfortable in the water, being able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weight), being able to swim and being comfortable in the water are the only fitness requirements for the PADI Discover Scuba Diver Course!

All participants need to fill out a dive medical questionnaire before the course. Simply follow the steps on the form to determine whether you will need clearance to start your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience. We recommend SPUMS Diving Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medical (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run a course is just one as we can run this experience privately. 

The minimum age to sign up for this experience is just 12 years old.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before or during the course.

For each rescheduled participant, we will charge a small rescheduling fee of $39. As soon as a course spot is booked, we reserve lanes in the pool, block a spot on the experience and book an instructor in for your experience. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover these costs.

These experiences usually run for approximately 2 hours, but we recommend blocking the full 3 hours in your agenda.

Your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience will not result in a dive certification. To get certified to dive, you will need to complete the PADI Open Water Diver Course instead. This is a full course with about 8-12 hours of theory and 3 full days with your instructor.

Doing a Discover Scuba Diving experience before your PADI Open Water Diver Course gives you a huge advantage during the course, as you will have already seen how to assemble the gear, how to do certain safety and practical skills underwater and you are one dive ahead of everybody else on the course! If you decide to start your learn to dive course with us after the experience, you will be able to use your experience during the pool and ocean parts of the course and of course we will give you a good deal on the course price!

All dive gear will be provided by Diving Adelaide for the duration of the course, including mask, snorkel and fins!

However, to guarantee a perfect fit and the most enjoyable experience, we recommend coming in store to have a look at our masks, as the mask is the most important piece of equipment!

Once you have succesfully completed the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience, you will know whether scuba diving is something you wish to pursue! It’s an amazing experience to be able to breathe underwater and once you’re ready, you can now book on to the PADI Open Water Diver Course, the world’s most recognised learn to dive course!

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your course on or within 7 days of the start date of the course, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your course 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $39 will apply.
  3. If you fail to attend your course without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your course before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness and  COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $39 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the dive medical questionnaire, clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the course (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $39 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the course to someone else at no charge before the start of the course.
  7. All instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. You need to be able to swim and be comfortable in the water. If you’re not comfortable in the water or can’t swim, this will result in course cancellation without refund and rebooking will be at full cost.
  9. This experience must be completed within 90 days of the original start date.
  10. Under 18’s must have a parental waiver signed by parent/guardian on or before the start day of the course.
  11. All fees are per person.
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