We all know, as Professionals, that Divemasters and Assistant Instructors that are also Discover Scuba Diver Leaders can take part into programs like Discover Scuba Diving.

However, do you also know if this is true for any DSD program?

Let’s try to clarify this point, which has been addressed by PADI also in  one of its latest Training Bulleting. In reality, nothing changed in the last years, however DSD leaders need to know clearly what they can do and what they cannot do.

DSD that Includes the Optional Open Water Dive though PADI Standards allow both Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Leaders and Assistant Instructors to independently conduct the DSD confined water dive, neither can conduct the discoveryconfined water dive if participants will do the optional open water dive. As stated in Section Four of the Discover Scuba Diving Program Instructor Guide the confined water dive, and the required skills, must be conducted by a PADI Instructor. 

To resume, if qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, Divemasters and Assistant Instructors independently conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or in confined open water for participants who are not going to do the optional open water dive.
However, a Divemaster or Assistant Instructor may conduct subsequent open water dives with those participants.

Please, if you are an Instructor remind this to all your DSD leaders students while teaching them and after,  since DSD leaders often believe that they can conduct the full program with no restrictions at all. Safety first!!!

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