PADI Discover Scuba Experience

Are you curious about the sensation of breathing underwater? Experience the thrill of scuba diving with a PADI Discover Scuba Diving session, offering a glimpse into the captivating world beneath the waves. It's the perfect opportunity to discover the wonders of scuba diving before committing to the full certification course.

Public session
These are scheduled once a month. Please view the course calendar on this website for dates. 

Private session
Book a one-on-one session or organize your own group to Discover Scuba together.  This program is perfect for various occasions such as birthday parties, corporate groups, families, and couples. The price for the session is $375, which includes up to 5 people. Each additional person can join for just $75.

Please call  03 4664370 or email to discuss options for larger groups. 

See more course information and start dates below.


A PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience is a great way to find out what scuba diving is really like before you take the full scuba certification.

    Have you been wondering what it’s like to breathe underwater? A PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience is a great way to find out what scuba diving is really like before you take the full scuba certification course.

    First up you will complete a short orientation and safety briefing in one of our three classrooms. It is here you will learn a little about SCUBA diving and how it affects the body.

    Next up we will head downstairs to get fitted into wetsuits and scuba equipment. Once you have emerged from the changing room it’s time to jump into our 3.5 metre deep heated diving pool. We start in the shallow end and introduce you nice and slowly to the exhilarating experience of breathing underwater. Once you are comfortable here, it is off to the deep end to complete your first ever confined water SCUBA dive.

    As a minimum, bring your own swimsuit and towel. If you own your own wetsuit and/or other snorkelling equipment, you can bring that along too. If not, no worries, as all equipment is provided.

    What to Bring:

    • A swimsuit and a towel
    • Final payment
    • Wetsuit (if you have one)
    • A sense of adventure

    Dive Otago is also one of New Zealand’s leading providers of tertiary diving career programmes.

    Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction
    Our most popular career programme is the 36-week full-­time tertiary Diploma course.  It will take you from beginner right through to specialty Instructor.

    The National Certificate in Diving
    This part-time (1 year approx) or full-time (16 week) programme will take you from beginner through to Rescue Diver and leads on to the Leadership/Divemaster programme.

    If you are interested in one of these courses please talk to your instructor at the beginning of your course or email one of our tertiary team directly: