Even if you’ve never before strapped on a tank to explore the deep blue, a Discovery Dive can give you a taste of this one-of-a-kind experience.
In this post we’ll cover the basics of what you can expect on a Discovery Dive and how it differs from full PADI certification.
What is a Discovery Dive?
A Discovery Dive is for people who don’t know if they are going to like diving or not, sort of like taking a car out for a test drive.
Instead of making the full commitment to earn a certification you learn just the basics of what you need to enjoy a safe dive in a controlled situation.
When you sign up for a Discovery Dive at Deep Blue Dive in Puerto Escondido your day will look something like this:
- After signing a release waiver and filling out a medical information form you will meet with a Master Diver for a short (30 minutes or so) class on diving theory.
- Next you will spend 60-90 minutes with your instructor practicing underwater skills in the swimming pool.
- Finally you’re ready to head to Playa Principal to board a powerboat and head out to the diving grounds.
- A Discovery Dive is a 1-tank dive, meaning you’ll be down for approximately 30-40 minutes at a maximum depth of 12 meters.
- One major difference between a Discovery Dive and the dives PADI certified divers do is the ratio of DiveMasters to divers and the level of supervision you receive while under water. With a Discovery Dive you’ll always be under the watchful eye of your instructor to ensure a safe and worry-free experience.
Discovery Dives are simpler dives at shallower depths with a maximum of 2 people per instructor. The DiveMaster will be with you the entire time, watching close and ensuring you stay safe.
You can expect to see a wide variety of fish, coral and other underwater sea life. It truly is a whole new world down there.
As of publication, the cost for a Discovery Dive at Deep Blue Dive in Puerto Escondido is US$65 per person.
If you fall in love with the wonders of the ocean and decide it opens up another world for you, then continue on to the PADI course.
The PADI Course
PADI is the world’s leader in international dive certification, with over 6,200 centers worldwide.
The primary advantage of taking a PADI course is that any PADI center across the globe can look your certification up online in their database in case you forget to pack your PADI card on vacation!
And if you’d like to get trained up here in Puerto, Deep Blue Dive is one of the more affordable PADI schools around. They offer every level of course from Open Water all the way up to DiveMaster – and their instructors all speak fluent English.
Once you’ve got your PADI certification you’ll be able to do deeper, more challenging dives with less supervision – anywhere in the world.
How to Choose a Quality Dive Shop
Choosing a quality dive shop can be a little different than shopping around for other services. For one thing, some of the best dive shops in the world don’t have a “shop” at all!
Don’t worry about a pretty storefront, it’s not important.
The questions that matter most are:
- How long they have been in business?
- How many boats do they have access to?
- How experienced is the captain, crew and DiveMaster?
- Is their equipment well-maintained?
- How enthusiastic is the DiveMaster? Some guides just hang out to collect your money and others actively make an effort to find and point out critters.
TIP: Don’t dive with any shop that doesn’t ask for your card or PADI number.
Feel Like Giving it a Go?
If a Discovery Dive sounds like just the kind of adventure you’re looking for, let us know when you book your stay with us and we’ll organize everything.
We can even organize for your guide to bring along an underwater camera to snap a few Facebook worthy pics.