PADI Discover Scuba Diving
Discover the underwater world!
Have you ever wondered what it's like to breathe underwater? Not quite ready to take the plunge into the PADI Open Water Diver course? Then the PADI Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it. The Discover Scuba Diving experience lets you try scuba equipment in shallow water. It's a great quick introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to - after all, human beings weren't designed to do that. But after a few minutes, most participants realise how easy and fun scuba diving really is. The biggest challenge instructors have with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is coaxing the students out of the pool at the end of the session! It's all good fun!
What will I do?
Our PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences are scheduled to start on either the first or second Saturday of every month with the shallow pool dive at Tong High School. However, since Bradford is currently in lockdown, our schedule is slightly more fluid (excuse the pun).
If you book on the Standard or Deluxe PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you will also have a deep dive at John Charles Centre for Sports Diving Pool on a Thursday night that suits you.
The Deluxe option includes your own mask and snorkel to keep after your experience. This will improve your comfort, enjoyment and offers peace of mind knowing no one else has had this gear on their face or in their mouth!
When are the Discover Scuba Diving programs?
Our PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience schedule typically looks as follows:
Shallow Dives - Saturdays 10:30 - 14:00
Come down to the dive centre at 10:30. This is an informal start to the course which starts with a brew and your course paperwork. We will introduce you to scuba diving and orientate you to your scuba diving equipment. It's then time to go to Tong High School swimming pool for your shallow 90 min dive; please note that transport is not provided. Once you arrive you will:
- Have a pre-dive briefing with your instructor
- Complete a shallow pool dive to a maximum depth of 1.8m
The Saturday session is an ideal starting point for all new divers, as the pool has a sloping bottom. Your instructor will let you breathe underwater for the first time and practice a couple of safety skills in water deep enough to stand up in. Once you are comfortable, your instructor will take you for a swim to the deep end of the pool. This is a great way to introduce you to what it's like to scuba dive!
Deep Dives - Thursday 19:30 - 22:00
You don't have to come to the dive centre before this session, we will meet you at John Charles Centre for Sports! This pool is 5.5m deep; this means you will really get the full experience of how it feels to be weightless underwater. The session is around 2.5 hours long - this includes a briefing, equipment set up and a 90-minute dive. During this session, you will have plenty of time to practice skills and have fun!
Once in the pool, your instructor will help you to practice equalising while making a descent to 5.5m down our descent line. The line allows you to descend slowly whilst having something to hold on to. Once at the bottom of the dive pool, you will get to practice things like buoyancy control, have fun and just enjoy the experience. If you're really coming to grips with it, your instructor may also complete some additional skills with you underwater that can count towards your PADI Open Water Diver course.
All you need to bring with you for your session is your PADI Medical Statement, a towel, a swimming costume, a t-shirt to wear in the pool and a big smile!
Small Group Sizes
We realise that the first time you take your first breaths underwater can be a little bit daunting and some people can get a little nervous. Don't worry. We are here to support you with your first steps towards the underwater world.
We make sure that all our experiences in the pool are run at 2:1 ratios. Keeping our Instructor to Student ratio low ensures that you get the attention you need from the instructor, allowing you to get the most out of your experience.
What scuba gear will I use?
All the equipment you will need is included in your PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience. We include some dive gear you may have tried before, including a mask, snorkel and fins, and others that you haven't. This includes a buoyancy jacket (BCD) that also carries your scuba tank, a regulator to breathe from and gauges to your air supply.
BCD or Buoyancy Control Device
A BCD gives you control in the water. Whether you want to float on the surface effortlessly, drift along mid-water or even kneel on the bottom it's essential that you do this effectively. A BCD that fits you well as well as a weight system will fine-tune your buoyancy so that you can observe the scenery and enjoy every diving experience.
A scuba regulator delivers the air from your scuba tank, which is at high pressure, to you at a pressure perfect for you to breathe. Your regulator is also the hub of your dive equipment, as it links many pieces of gear which are all essential for diving underwater, however, breathing from a regulator underwater is a thrilling experience and something which people never forget.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
You must be 10 years old or older to participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
You will need to learn some important safety rules regarding breathing and equalization while scuba diving from the PADI Instructor. Scuba diving and the use of scuba equipment without proper supervision or instruction can result in serious injury or death. You must be instructed in its use under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor. Please answer the following questions in both links below on your past and present medical history. These require a YES or NO, if you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, we must request that you consult with a doctor prior to your scuba diving experience.
Please note: You will not be able to participate in any pool sessions without confirming your fitness to dive.
Do I need to be able to swim?
There is no requirement to be able to swim for a try dive experience. However, if you wish to complete the PADI Open Water Diver Course, you have to be able to demonstrate basic water skills. This is to make sure you're comfortable in the water.
What can I do next?
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving is the first step in enjoying the aquatic world. Your next step after completing this experience is to complete the PADI Open Water Referral or the PADI Open Water Diver course.
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