St Thomas PADI Discover Scuba Course
Never been scuba diving? Now's the perfect time, and St. Thomas is the perfect place to start.
When you arrive at the dive shop, we will start with by filling out the required paperwork, a waiver and medical questionnaire. It is very IMPORTANT to review the medical questions. If you answer "YES" to any question, you can't participate in this St. Thomas excursion. Please check link to the medical questionnaire below. You will then begin the first step of your PADI Discover Scuba Dive. During the dry land lesson, your instructor will explain the most important rules of scuba diving, along with the basic skills needed while diving. The beginner scuba lesson will be concise and designed to inform but not confuse.
The group maximum while diving is four students per Instructor on this St. Thomas excursion.
After the dry land lesson, you will suit up, enter the water along a sandy shore (conditions may vary with the weather), and practice the skills covered in the lesson with your instructor. The walk is approximately 20 ft. into the water.
After gaining confidence through practice, you will submerge. Watch your instructor feed the fish as you begin your guided dive along a live coral reef, floating weightlessly. You will also be visited by a variety of tropical fish, and just might encounter a turtle or stingray. During your dive, your air gauge will be carefully monitored by your instructor.
The dive portion typically lasts about 40 minutes, and to a maximum depth of 40 feet, depending on your comfort level. You will be surprised by how quickly you will relax! Your scuba dive will be an experience you will remember the rest of your life. Cameras are also available to purchase or rent so you can record your dive.
If time allows after completing your dive, we invite you to stay and snorkel or enjoy Coki Beach. Taxis back to the cruise piers can be hired near the dive shop upon your return to shore.
Health restrictions apply and a liability waiver and a medical statement are required to be filled out by all participants. If you are taking medication, consult your doctor before participating in this program. A medical release would be required for most medications. Some of the common medical conditions include: high blood pressure, heart conditions, a current cold or sinus congestion, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, or a severe medical problem. Please look at the following questionnaire:
PADI Health Questionnaire
If you answer "YES" to any questions on the questionnaire, you will need a signed physician's unconditional release before diving. If you answered "yes" and don't have a physician's signed release, you will not be permitted to dive and will not be entitled to a refund, so please look at the questionnaire BEFORE booking this tour. If you have questions about your medical condition, consult your doctor and ask for an unconditional written release. A verbal release will not be accepted.
The dive shop reserves the right to refuse service to divers appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, with certain medical conditions, or due to other circumstances or actions that are deemed unsafe by the dive shop.
Reviewer: Connie Cubillos
It was a great experience. The instructors very nice and helpful. I will do it again
Reviewer: David Cairns
This was on my bucket list, and I was a bit nervous about submerging below 10 feet because of the water pressure. Our young instructor was very knowledgeable, and couldn't have made us feel more at ease and safe. It was a wonderful experience, and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try scuba, or is going back for a refresher. By the way -- we got down 35 feet and I was totally at ease. Awesome!
My two boys and my nephew participated in this. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They took the time to train the boys on the beach and in shallow water. They didn't go into deeper water until the instructor was confident they knew what they were doing. As far as the dive goes, they went down 38 feet for a long period of time and talk about how they couldn't see each other due to the swarm of fish surrounding them. They still talk about it two months later and all of them would do this again. Coki beach was also very nice for us adults. The staff even provided us snorkeling gear for free while the boys did their dive. We would definitely do this again.
Reviewer: michael talaska
Great experience, excellent instructors. Felt safe at all times, even at 40 feet below the surface.
I went kicking and screaming cause I was scared to go scuba diving, but my man who is a certified diver, really wanted to go in the Caribbean so we both thought this one could be perfect, and it really was! The instructor was very informative and made sure we were comfortable and knew what to do. Only 4 of us were in the course. We started on the beach explaining the steps and equipment then we put it all on and made our way from the beach to about 3 feet of water where we went on our knees to practice the equipment. I almost panicked then cause the breathing is way different then normal day breathing but when I relaxed it all started to feel normal. once we got through the shallow water course we made our way deeper, it happened slowly so we could adjust as we went. The instructor was great and watched us the whole time. I felt like a pro! It wasn't on a reef or anything but we still saw lots of fish and toured around a bit.