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The SSI Try Dive experience and its Big Brother Basic Diver Program is often the first taste of scuba diving many people will experience. Under the watchful eye and close control of a professional diver, a complete novice can go from being an envious bystander to seeing the underwater world themselves in less than an hour.

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The PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is phenomenally popular, and for good reason. It’s a win-win situation for both the participant and the dive center or resort conducting the session. What exactly is a PADI DSD session? And what is involved? What are the benefits to the participant? And why are they such a boon for dive centers and staff the world over?

While of course at the instructor or dive center’s discretion, eligibility requirements to take part in a DSD experience are minimal. The participant must be at least 10 years old, physically fit, and have the appropriately signed RSTC medical and liability releases. For the safety of everyone, Aum Scuba requires all participants to be able to swim.


It is vitally important that all participants understand precisely what will happen when in the water, what to do in the event of a problem.

DSD is an experience program, not a training course with certification. With that in mind, each participant must complete and sign the Discover Scuba Diving Knowledge and Safety Review.

First, the instructor briefs divers on breathing rules and equalization techniques, equipment purpose and use, hand signals, regulator and mask clearing techniques and responsible interactions with aquatic life, particularly when conducting the program outside of a pool environment. 

The instructor will also strongly emphasize the importance of watching and staying close to the professional diver supervising the in-water experience and the limitations of the program. They’ll also reinforce the value of further training, should the DSD participants enjoy the experience.


The second step is to progress to the pool or shallow, confined open water. Candidates learn how their gear works and practice BCD inflation and deflation at the surface. Next, they’ll learn the correct breathing technique and practice blow some bubbles.

Once candidates are comfortable beneath the surface, the instructor will demonstrate and assess key safety skills with the candidate. The instructor must ensure that candidates are able to successfully complete the following skills prior to moving to an open-water setting with a depth of up to 40 feet (12 m):

  • Breathing underwater
  • Regulator clearing
  • Regulator recovery
  • Mask clearing
  • Equalization techniques
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Finally, having successfully completed the skills, participants can participate in a tour of an open-water dive site under an instructor’s close supervision.

Here you have the option of taking a day trip to Racha Yai and Racha Noi to experience the magical underwater world.

Alternatively, if time is tight, we will heat to one of the many nearby beaches to discover the local reefs together.

Don’t be surprised if you love this experience so much, you end up taking the Open Water Course with us. In the very likely event of this happening, we can credit this experience to part of your course and adjust the price accordingly.

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Beach dive Option only available Between November and April and very much depends on Sea Conditions ** Breakfast and Lunch only offered on Boat Diving Days
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