Duration: 3 hours
Depth: max up to 12 metres
Age: min age 10 years old
Groups: maximum 5 people
Medical Check: basic swimming skills, medically fit for diving
*Please check the PADI Medical statement (link) carefully before diving with us. Must be filled before the course starts.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving
For Beginners (no experience required)
Your first underwater experience! Explore the fascinating blue world and start your lifetime adventure with Divinguru in Sri Lanka!
Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to Try Scuba Diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, our Try Scuba Diving and PADI Discover Scuba Diving is for you.
* online price for one dive with rental equipment
What to expect
While not a scuba certification course, Try Scuba Diving and PADI Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
To breathe underwater for the first time – what a feeling! This is simply incomparable! You have to get used to it at first. After all, people are not made for it normally. After a few minutes of quiet breathing under water, most participants realize how easy diving can be. To stay calm and to follow the instructions of your PADI Instructor are the first prerequisites to complete the first diving exercises of your life. If that works after a few minutes, most of the participants are really enthusiastic and never forget that first impression under water.
What you learn
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:
- Learn about the basic scuba equipment and how to use it underwater
- Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
- Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
- Have fun swimming around and exploring.
- Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
After DSD experience you’ll get a Certificate of Recognition (not a scuba certification) and we register you in the PADI system. Normally we’ll reduce the costs for the PADI Open Water Diver Course if you are interested to continue and get first scuba diving certification.
This certificate recognizes that you have attended and satisfactorily completed a PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
PADI Discover Scuba Diving
- Maximum depth 12 metres
- Taught by PADI Instructor
- Learn more information about scuba diving
- Theory in a classroom with PADI video
- Trying certain skills underwater
Try Scuba Diving
- Maximum depth 6 metres
- Guided by PADI Divemaster
- Basic information about scuba diving
- Quick introduction to scuba diving
- Trying underwater skills – optional
When do we start?
Because of the high demand on fun dives in the morning we decided to usually start Discover Scuba Diving in the afternoon (in some cases, in the off-season, there is also the possibility to start in the morning). You can start in the afternoon, at 13:15. Please contact us AT LEAST one day before, so that we can organize the course groups and reserve a spot for you.
Arrival (8:15 | 13:15)
Upon your arrival at the base, you will be welcomed by one of our local and international Divemasters and Instructors. You fill out the necessary paperwork, medical statement and make your payment. We accept both card and cash.
First you start in the classroom with theoretical part which includes PADI video and a short quiz.
Then you are sized up for your equipment, we give you fins, mask and wetsuit. Once Instructor set up all the equipment, you learn basics about scuba diving.
Then you have a comprehensive but compact dive and boat briefing with your group. This consists of important information about the dive sites, safety procedures, attractions of the dive site, marine life, signs & signals.
Departure (9:00 | 14:00)
Finally, we cast off! Once the equipment is loaded on the boats with the help of our staff, we take off to our dives sites, of which most can be reached within 10 minutes.
Time passes quickly underwater as you are surrounded by all the fish. You will enjoy spectacular marine life and first time breathing underwater. One dive usually takes a maximum of 35 to 45 minutes depending on your breathing and air consumption.
If you loved your first experience, you could also do a second dive and get even more comfortable. And if you have more time to spare and cannot resist getting into the water, you could continue on to doing the PADI Open Water Course.
Return (11:00 | 16:00)
After your return to the diving school, our Divemaster helps you to identify different species that you witnessed during your dives.
Diving helps create a bond between people, all coming from different parts of the world, but all sharing the same love for the ocean, and we provide a platform for just that.
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Frequently asked questions
Why to choose Divinguru for my first experience?
Because our main priority is Safety followed by Customer Service. We have small groups maximum of 4 beginner divers accompanied by our PADI Divemasters or Instructors.
Our multilingual international team makes sure you have the best underwater experience in Sri Lanka. The most important while Try Diving experience is that you have fun!
How long is the duration of the entire experience?
While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
The duration of the try scuba diving experience is around 3 hours. The main goal is to introduce you the fascinating blue world and experience with you the first breath underwater. You’ll learn the basics about scuba diving, diving gear and the marine environment. After successfully completion you can receive credit toward your first certification the PADI Open Water Diver course.
What marine life we see while scuba diving?
Every dive is unpredictable and unique, that’s why diving is so exciting. As we go off the shore we are in the real nature and no in a zoo. We cannot promise or guarantee to see particular wild animals. However we guarantee that our team makes maximum to find them and fulfill your expectations.
Marine life you may see include: Stingrays, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Moray Eels, Nudibranchs, Cuttlefish, Octopus, Barracuda, Trevally, Angelfish, Triggerfish, Soldier Fish, Surgeon Fish, Pufferfish, Fusiliers, Lion Fish, Sea Stars and many other coral reef fish. Whale Sharks can be spotted on both east and south coast. Black Tip Reef Sharks you find on the famous Pigeon Island, located a few minutes from our Divinguru® Nilaveli Resort. Whales and Dolphins can be spotted around Trincomalee while Whale Watching. If you get really lucky, time to time you might see them in Unawatuna too.