How To Learn To Scuba Dive For Beginners – PADI Discover Scuba Dive Course

I’ve had some people ask me how they can learn to scuba dive for beginners. After some lengthy conversation with them, I found they seemed keenly interested in learning but still had reservations.

So today, my mission today is to help you commit to your first step into the plunge underwater!

I’m going to tell you all about PADI’s Discover Scuba Diving Course and why this is the best course for you to take as a beginner especially if you are delaying.

What’s holding you back?

First, let’s find out first what’s really holding you back from making this decision. I know you want to learn!!

  • You’re not a swimmer
  • Shark fear
  • Fear of not being able to surface
  • Your friends talk of pain in their ears
  • Medical condition
  • Fear of drowning
  • Fear of running out of air
  • Claustrophobia
  • Fear of not being able to do this

Now, let’s eliminate as many of these fears as possible.  I had all of these fears except for the medical condition.

Fear can sometimes cause certain anxieties. It can be a bad thing or it can be good as in it keeps us more focused and aware of our surroundings. So, what can be done?  Let’s take swimming, if you’re not an ‘adequate’ swimmer then take swimming lessons. This doesn’t mean you have to be the swim guru… you’re building confidence. This helps to remove the fear of drowning, fear of not being able to do this… do you see what I mean?

Moving onto the sharks, how many people in the world on average in a year do you think get killed by sharks? On average 5!

Cow and bulls have killed more people and dogs on a yearly average kill 30 people in the US. Millions and millions of sharks are being killed for their fins and left to sink into the ocean to die painfully. If you really want to be on the safe side, don’t swim in the ocean at dawn or dusk as that is their feeding time.

Whatever your reason is, the only thing that can stop you from learning to dive is maybe for medical reasons. This would mean getting your family physician to give you the ok in writing to do this sport.

Getting to the point!!   PADI Discover Scuba Course!

The PADI Discover Scuba Course is the best course to take if you fall in the ‘fear’ category. Many of you may have already heard of this course but you still haven’t taken action.

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)  was created in 1966. Today, it’s the leading and most popular, successful and respected, recreational scuba dive training organization in the world. Their mission… to teach the world to scuba dive safely! Since 1967, PADI has issued over 24,000,000 scuba dive certificates all over the world.

What does taking the Discover Scuba Diving Course really mean for the beginner?

Think of your first day at school and all the anxieties you had… but you made it through and then think of everything you learned and accomplished!  Here’s why taking the Discover Scuba Diving Course will help you:

Scuba Diver Equalizing His Ears

1) No certification (no need to study from manuals)

2) Opportunity to experience scuba diving.
    (Best part! Your instructor NEVER leaves you!)

3) Familiarity with dive safety techniques,  how to use and wear your scuba gear
     (learn to properly overcome ear pain, eliminate running out of air, get rid of claustrophobia, even                      alleviate your fear of sharks).

4) Direct supervision of a qualified instructor
     (you will get the most attention and a great underwater tour)

5) Do this in one day. You can do this with your local PADI dive shop, or resort.

6) Introduces you to the recreational sport of diving – do what it takes to learn underwater

Ok… so you’re still holding off for other reasons.

Too many times, we deny ourselves the pleasures of adventures, not because of fear but from life roles, and responsibilities… if you find yourself here….

  • Been on your mind to learn to dive 
  • You want to know what it feels like to breathe underwater
  • You don’t want to get certified
  • You’re too busy, feel like you have no time
  • Getting certified costs too much money
  • Don’t want to invest in gear without trying first

Hey, PADI’s Discover Scuba Dive Course is perfect even for you!

What will you learn and how will you learn?

1) You will need to fill out a medical form relevant for diving. Any YES’s will need to be addressed Scuba Diver Medical Questionnaireby your family physician in writing. This form can be printed from any of your scuba diver training agencies websites like PADI, their affiliated dive shops or resorts.

You want to do this ahead of time if you’re going on vacation. No surprises… right?

2) Before you go in the water, your qualified instructor will spend some time with you in the morning going over the basic safety diving guidelines. Learn for instance, how to equalize your ears to avoid pressure pains underwater.

3) Next, you get to learn the skills required to dive safely either from off a dive boat, off the beach Learning To Scuba Diveor swimming pool. Your instructor explains and demonstrates each skill and then you repeat until you’re comfortable.

During this time, you are given the opportunity to familiarize yourself with your dive equipment and get to know its purposes. Skills like how to maintain good buoyancy, how to breathe through your regulator…

4) Finally, the moment you have dreamed about!  You will get to do 1 dive under the direct supervision of your instructor in open water. 

What’s required for PADI’s Discover Scuba Diver Course?

  • No experience in scuba diving necessary
  • Basic swimming skills, comfortable in water
  • Minimum age is 10+
  • No need to purchase scuba gear. I highly recommend you don’t do any purchases until you have taken PADI’s Open Water Diver Certification Course. Accomplishing more dives will help you determine which dive gear works best for you.

What’s the cost of PADI’s Discover Scuba Diving Course?

PADI’s Discover Scuba Diving Course is $95.00 US 2017 rate (includes all dive gear rentals and tank fills).

Ready to take the plunge underwater now?

I hope I finally convinced you into taking PADI’s Discover Scuba Diver Course! I really would like to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments please put them in the comment box below.

Let me know too all about your experience after you’ve completed the Course.

Want to know what your next step is going to be after you’ve completed this introductory course? Check me out on the Open Water Diver Course… your next step to getting certified. Did you know that once you get this certification, you are good forever to dive? You can do this with your friends and they become your buddy!

8 thoughts on “How To Learn To Scuba Dive For Beginners – PADI Discover Scuba Dive Course”

  1. Aww man! Thanks for this because I’ve always wanted to try Scuba Diving here in the Philippines but I’ve always been scared based on the reasons that you gave. You actually covered everything on why I havent pursued diving yet which is my fear of drowning and the fact that there are sharks in my country huhu. After reading your article though, I must say that it got me a bit more excited to try it finally and maybe have the courage to pursue it? Maybe this is the push I need. Thank you so much

    • Hi Nico,

      You’re welcome! Thank you for your comment!

      I hear diving in the Philippines is one of the best places to go! Actually on my to do travel list. I always tell people that their first dive experience is the most important. I find diving in warm water where visibility is great (i.e. Philippines – would be ideal) … then you’re ‘hooked’. Diving will be your passion as it is mine!

      I hope you give the Discover Scuba Dive Course a go… there are PADI independent dive shops in the Philippines. Let me know when you do this and I look forward to hearing all about your experiences.



  2. Your post is amassing. I always had a dream to see the Ocean from inside. I am not sure If I can do it now. I think it’s too late for me. But I enjoyed very much reading about your experience of scuba diving. Thank you very much.

  3. I really enjoyed this post. I love adventure and love to try new things, however, like you said, I always thought I was too busy. {I didn’t try sky diving til I was 42 years old!} I also thought a scuba diving course would be MUCH more expensive! Who knew it was so affordable! This is a great niche and I’m sure you will attract many would-be adventurers! Thanks!
    What ocean(s) do you dive in?

    • Hi Sue,

      Thank you for reading this article and I’m really happy you enjoyed it.

      Wow, lucky you to go skydiving… and so brave! I haven’t done any skydiving yet and it’s certainly on my wish-list.

      The cost to learn how to scuba dive is quite reasonable and fun too. I hope you will give it a try one day.

      I do diving in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Red Sea.


  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I recently finished my Open water diver course in Rasdhoo, Maldives. It was a phenomenal experience!

    • Hi Pratyusha,

      I really apologize for not responding to you earlier.

      Thank you for your comment. Wow… congratulations! Yea, you are now a certified Open Water Diver. On top of that, you did it in Rasdhoo, Maldives. That is exciting. Enjoy your diving journey!! I wish you the very best!



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