Discover Scuba Diving El Portal
Nothing compares to the "weightless" exhilaration of breathing underwater. Only a diver knows the feeling! The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program in El Portal lets you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of our PADI Instructor. During your adventure, you'll master some basic concepts and scuba skills before heading off on an open water dive. Your open water dive takes you as deep as 12 metres/40 feet! (Of course this depends on where you dive.)
The Discover Scuba Diving experience is a great way to get a head start on your PADI Scuba Diver or Open Water Diver certification. That's because the skills you complete during your adventure may be credited towards these certification levels.
All you have to do is complete a Student Diver Record and Referral Form, which documents your achievement, and bring it to any PADI Dive Center around the world to continue where you left off.
Discover Scuba is a 1 day class! It begins at 8am by checking in and meeting your instructor. Next you'll get sized up for safe, well maintained and great fitting Scuba equipment.
You'll really be diving in just a few hours, not days in a classroom!
Following your fitting you'll watch a 20 minute video that covers some easy to understand and informative information about Scuba Diving physics and terminology.
After the video, you will start your pool session by swimming around using your mask, fins and snorkel for a few minutes. Next your instructor will help you into your equipment and then at your own pace you will get under the water and take your first breaths on SCUBA!
Once you have a little practice breathing under water and become comfortable, your instructor will introduce you to 5 basic safety skills which you will learn and practice. Don't worry, it's easy, you will master them quickly, and build your confidence.
Don't be surprised if you get out of the water after your first dive and decide to become fully certified.
(it happens to almost everyone!)
Once your skills are complete, you'll swim around in the pool for a bit and then end the session by breaking for lunch in Miami Area. This part of the class usually takes about 2 hours.
If you choose to continue onto full certification, we offer a discount for all Discover Scuba students to take the Open Water Certification class.
After lunch you'll meet us down at the dock to board the boat for your 2 tank, 2 location dive trip! Your equipment will be set up and ready for you, and your instructor will be diving with you during your dives.
Everything you'll need is just once price!
Since your instructor will be diving with you for both assistance and safety, all you need to do is enjoy the dive and swim with the fish!
- How long does a dive last? The answer is «it depends». This question doesn’t have a single answer. People breathe at different rates and the deeper you go, the more you use your air. The average dive during a discovery lasts about 40 minutes.
- Can I do only 2 dives? YES. If you choose to go for 2 dives, you’ll simply join our 3 dives trip. Spend your surface interval while snorkeling or sunbathing on the boat.
- What do I need to bring with me on the excursion? A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, a towel. If you tend to get motion sickness it’s recommended that you take pills. Water is provided.
- Is lunch included? YES. A local lunch prepared with fresh local ingredients is part of the day. You’ll get snacks between the dives as well.
- Can I eat just before a dive? Yes. Actually it is a good idea to eat light before a dive. It’s not really recommended to have a full heavy breakfast. A good one is enough!
- Can I drink alcohol before diving? No. Alcohol isn’t recommended before dive.
- How deep will I go? At your first dive the maximum depth is 5 metres At your second and third dives your maximum depth is 12 meters, still with a direct supervision of your instructor.
- How old do you have to be? 10 years old. A minor from 10 till 18 years old will need written consent from parent or guardian to dive with us.
- Is scuba diving dangerous? Statistics show that recreational Scuba diving is about as safe as swimming.
- I have done a discovery. Can I dive with qualified divers? No. You can’t dive with certified divers because you’re not qualified. You get a course and obtain your Open Water Diver level.
- I wear my contact lenses under the mask? Yes Soft lenses can be worn, but we advise not to wear hard or medium hard lenses. Note that you can’t wear glasses under your mask.
- Can my buddies join as passenger? Yes. You can dive and he/she can come on the boat. It’ll be a nice day as well. Our dive sites are also really enjoyable for snorkeling.
- I have asthma. Is it possible to dive? If someone has sever chronicle Asthma and have to take different types of medicine to control, it’s highly recommended not to dive.
- But for some one suffering from common asthma is able to dive. It is recommended that they bring their medicine with them.
- How soon can I fly after a dive? For safety reasons, allow 24 hours between your last dive and your flight.
- I have a cold and a cough can I dive? If the sinuses are not blocked you can dive. If the sinuses are blocked than you will have a problem equalizing the pressure in your ears, than it is recommended not to dive.
- I am pregnant, can I dive? No. Because physiologists know little about the effects of diving on the fetus, the recommendation is that women avoid diving while pregnant or trying to become pregnant.