DSD: Discover Scuba Diving
What is DSD? DSD stands for Discover Scuba Diving; it is a chance for you to experience diving in an indoor pool.
Where will it be? Meet at Maine Divers on 84 Cove St. in Portland then we will travel together to the Woodland's Country Club's indoor pool.
What do I need to bring? If you answer "yes" to ANY question on the med form, you are required by law to bring a doctor's note stating you are healthy enough to dive. To view the health form search "PADI MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE" online. Females: Bathing Suit. Males: Boxer Briefs or alike to wear under the wet suit. (swim trunks ride). Bring a snack/water to eat before entering the pool.
Who else will be there? Divers taking the Open Water Course will be there with their instructor. You will receive personal attention/instruction from an instructor (most likely Tom Jones or George William Rothweiler). You can read biographies of all the instructors/dive masters on the Maine Divers webpage.
How long will it last? You decide how long you want to stay in the pool. When we meet at Maine Divers Dive shop you'll receive a 45min review of diving basics & gear, get fitted with a wetsuit & booties, then we'll head to the pool. We have the pool until 8:30pm, so you can decide how long you want to dive!
How much does it cost? $100 covers all gear (mask, fins, tank, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, booties) and instruction.
What if I love it? Great! You have one week to sign up for the PADI Open Water Course to get $50 off. Go to the Maine Divers Webpage and there is a link on the upper right of their page to take you to the PADI site. You must finish the online course and go for 2 indoor pool dives and finish with open water (ocean, pond, or lake) dives with us. The total amount to get certified (including the price of the online course) is $495. If you sign up within a week after doing a DSD your total price is $445 for the online course and diving instruction.
What happens After Open Water? Join our meet-up group and start diving locally with other Maine divers!! We dive all year around, and even specialize in ice diving. You can also go on to become a Dive Master and get paid to take others diving. If you love photography, we have a course for that as well. In addition, the shop has dive trips planned. You can use your next vacation as a diving vacation!! Whether you dive locally (local dive spots are listed on the Maine Divers Homepage.. Just click the bottom right picture of the diver) or decide to do it on vacation, both are an EXCELLENT way to spend time. What else happens after your Open Water? You become healthier and lose weight. George (shop owner) affectionately refers to scuba diving as the "Diving Diet": it seems as though no matter what you eat, if you dive for fun, you'll end up losing weight.
Why Become A Diver: Top 5 List:
1) Because you've always wanted to. It's time to Carpe Diem!! Your Open Water License is good for life.
2) You meet new friends and make connections with people who share the same PASSION as you. These great connections are part of what makes life worth living.
3) Your waistline shrinks without you realizing it. Yes. Divers call it the "Diving Diet". Eat what you currently eat, start diving, and lose weight. It's that simple.
4) The thrill of discovery. There's a whole other world under the water. There is life so unique, you couldn't even have dreamed up their uniqueness: And it's all in your backyard.
5) It will make you happier. Yes. Between the great connections with new friends, the exercise, learning new things, and the thrill of discovery, you will be a happier person. Guarantee it.