`BEGINNER SCUBA: PADI Discover Scuba Diving

An Introduction to Scuba Diving

Just some three hours after you – a rookie with no previous scuba diving experience – say “Hello” to your qualified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) instructor, you’ll spend an hour in your new aquatic environment exploring a quiet, beautiful Pacific cove.

This introductory scuba diving experience, under the tutelage of a patient and credentialed dive professional, is definitely the way to get into, and under, the water quickly and safely. All classes are private and individualized, and at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

It begins in the classroom, where you learn basic diving theory and become familiar with your equipment and its uses. Incidentally, all equipment, classroom and pool sessions, and your instructor’s expertise are included in this package. Once you’re finished with your classroom lessons, it’s time to put your new scuba knowledge into practice in the pool.

When you’re ready, your same instructor then accompanies you to that quiet cove. You meet a wide variety of colorful, curious and friendly fishes, explore rocky crevices, observe jewel morays, and get up close and personal with sea fans and starfish.

This is a great, fulfilling experience that will stay with you long after you are back on dry land. Your Discover Scuba Diving experience will be registered on-line with PADI, and can count toward a complete Open Water Certification.

With larger groups of Discover Scuba students, it may be necessary to change the location of the pool class for better coordination and safety.

Click to enlarge photos below

Gearing up for a personal
fit at Scuba Shack
First time going down at

half-Olympic-sized pool

Instructor demonstrating
buoyancy control
One-on-one personalized
attention with students

Out-of-water discussion among Discover Scuba students

New student makes the signal for
“I want to go up”!

New student makes the signal
for “I’m okay”!

Instructor Jeronimo has found
peace underwater!

Discover Scuba students enter the water at Club de Yates beach

Exiting the water safely
following a great dive

Just a short walk to the van
up a cement sidewalk

See the smiling faces? They did
it! Next step full certification!
Special Instructions
Bring a towel and sunblock. This trip includes all equipment needed to learn to SCUBA dive.
1 adult only, cost $85; 2 adults or more, $75/person. Children 10-15 years, $80 USD. Minimum age to participate is 10 years. Parent must sign a release form for minor, and accompany minor to classroom and pool session, unless otherwise agreed by instructor and parent..

Certain medical conditions may prevent you from participating. You should be in reasonably good physical condition. No one who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be allowed to dive.

You must complete PADI medical questionnaire prior to diving. Answering “yes” to any question may eliminate you from the course.

If, after the class and dive, you decide to continue on to a full PADI Open Water Certification, $50 will be applied to the cost of your certification. Cost for an open water certification is $350 for one person, $300 for 2 persons or more. Approx 25 hours of pool and classroom, plus 4 ocean dives are part of the OWC course. All equipment is included. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving course constitutes roughly 30% of the Open Water Certification course.

If you are staying anywhere within the “Zona Hotelera,” or Hotel Zone, we can pick you up. If coming on a cruise ship, once you’ve booked, you will be given a letter with directions (in Spanish) to give your taxi driver. You will also be given a fact sheet with further instructions.

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