About the Program
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program provides an introduction to SCUBA diving for those looking for a one off dive experience, or for those interested in progressing onto the PADI Open Water Diver course. The experience makes for a great gift for those who want to try something new, or who may be interested in taking up diving in the future.
During the experience, you’ll learn about the equipment we use to go diving and some basic dive skills. You’ll then get to experience what it’s like to breathe underwater under the supervision of one of our instructors.
The program is broken up into 2 core stages, with an optional third stage, undertaken one after the other. Click through below to get more details on each of the stages.
Before you jump in, your instructor will conduct a knowledge development session with you to introduce you to the equipment you’ll be using, the important diving rules, how you’re going to communicate underwater and the skills you’ll learn during this program.
Typical time commitment: 1 hour
Confined Water Dive
The dive is all about giving you a great experience so you can get a feel as to what it’s like to scuba dive. Your instructor will teach you a couple of skills, but for the most part you’ll get to experience what it feels like to be weightless and breathe under the water.
Typical time commitment: ½ day
Open Water Dive (Optional)
The open water dive is a completely optional dive, but is great if you also want to explore a dive site. Your instructor will guide you around the dive site under their direct supervision, and show you some of the amazing things there are to see underwater.
Typical time commitment: ½ day
Previous dive experience and/or qualifications: None required.
Minimum age: 10 years old for confined water, 12 years old for the optional open water dive – Diving in Melbourne is one of the most rewarding places to dive, but the conditions can make it challenging for younger people. Therefore, we restrict our minimum age for diving in open water to 12 years.
Waterskills: You should be able to comfortably maintain yourself in water too deep in which to stand.
Medical fitness: In order to take part in diving, you should be medically fit to dive. As part of your booking process, we will ask you to complete a medical form. If the form indicates that you must get a diving physician’s medical evaluation, we recommend getting this sorted in good time ahead of your course, and prior to finalising your booking. We won’t be able to take you diving if you do not obtain any required approvals, and your deposit may be forfeit. For a list of qualified diving physicians, visit the SPUMS website.
Our base price includes the learning and administrative costs of the program. There may be additional costs to consider depending on the program and your individual requirements, we will confirm these with you when you book onto the program. Find below our typical inclusions, and other costs that you may need to consider:
- Knowledge development
- In-water instruction:
- ½ day of confined water diving
Other Costs to Consider
- Optional open water dive
- Equipment hire
- Pool hire/entry fees
- Boat tickets
- Air fills
Open Water Diver
The PADI Open Water Diver is the first scuba certification level in the PADI system of education and is recognised all over the world. During this course you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to dive at home or abroad with another certified diver.
The PADI Project AWARE course is an introduction to the global AWARE movement for ocean protection and focuses on the 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet. Suitable for divers and non-divers, the course goes into best practices to protect the ocean how you can take action.
First Aid Training
Primary & Secondary Care
Learn what to do in the critical moments when a life-threatening emergency occurs before emergency medical services arrive. Take the EFR Primary & Secondary Care course to learn first aid skills such as CPR, AED use, and injury and illness assessment and management.