Do you want to experience what scuba diving is like before doing your Open Water certification?


Then we have the perfect scuba dive introduction for you – Sydney Dive Charters offers first time divers the chance to explore the underwater world without committing to a full course, with our Discover Scuba Diving experience.


What is a Discover Scuba Dive?


The Discover Scuba Dive, also called DSD, is a safe experience developed by the global scuba organisation PADI to introduce people that have never scuba dived to the scuba diving world. It is conducted by one of our instructors, usually at the beautiful and shallow Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve located at Shelly Beach, Manly.



What to expect from your Discover Scuba Dive


The Discover Scuba Dive takes around 2 hours in total and always has a ratio of 1 instructor per 1-2 students maximum. The experience starts on shore with a thorough introduction on basic diving physics, skills, and dive gear prior to the shore dive. We then help you gear up before entering the water of the Aquatic Reserve via the beach. The dive itself is about 30 minutes long. The maximum depth reached at this Sydney dive site is 10 meters, which makes it an easy and comfortable first dive.



Sea life that you can see on your Discover Scuba Dive


Local marine life at the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve at Shelly Beach in Manly



As the Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve is a unique protected marine area, there is an abundance of marine life that you will be able to see on your discovery dive, including Grey Nurse Sharks, Dusky Whaler Sharks, Wobbegong Sharks, Port Jackson Sharks, Giant Cuttlefish, dozens of species of schooling fish, Blue and Green Groupers, Weedy Seadragons and Fiddler Rays.



Discover Scuba Diving with Sharks


There is also an option to arrange a Shark Discover Scuba Dive via the private charter of our dive boat. This experience is unique in Sydney, as no other dive shop is offering this. This Discover Scuba Dive takes place at the Bluefish Valley, which is a renowned Grey Nurse Sharks mating colony in Sydney. Usually, the whole experience takes 3 hours, but there is also the option to do an additional second dive at this Sydney boat dive site. Price on application.


The Sydney Dive Charters difference


Unlike other scuba diving shops in Sydney, we offer a very personalised and premium experience. For your convenience, we offer free pick up, and drop off, from Manly wharf to the dive site. We only provide the top of the range hire gear compared to our competitors, which is included in the Discover Scuba Dive experience, and which we will bring along with us on the day for your convenience. Furthermore, our dive instructors all have over 4 decades of dive experience!

Your first time scuba diving should be a memory to hold onto, so we also offer underwater photos at an additional cost. This fee includes another diver to take these photos.

Are you ready to take the plunge? Then book your discover scuba dive online today, or call Jason for any additional questions or queries.