The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving
in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions
about scuba by letting individuals try it for themselves. Under the
guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts,
put on equipment and swim around underwater in a closely supervised
environment. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program can take place in a
swimming pool, protected confined open water area and at an open water
dive site — anywhere an appropriate, positive introduction to scuba diving
After trying scuba, many new divers may decide to repeat the experience.
If not immediately, then on other occasions or in different areas.
Others will choose to pursue certification by enrolling in a PADI Scuba Diver
or Open Water Diver course. The desired result is to excite people about
scuba diving and encourage additional participation.
When certain requirements are met, new divers may earn credit toward
PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver certification
To participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program, an individual must:
- Be 10 years or older.
- Review, complete and sign the PADI Discover Scuba Diving affirmation of risk.Parent or guardian signature required for new divers younger than legal age.
- medical history screen.
If the new diver answers “yes” to any condition on the form’s medical history section, the diver must receive medical approval prior to any in-water activities.