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PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader does not mean Instructor, but it does require some Instructor adjacent skills that you will find useful if you’re planning to complete your Instructor Certification in future.  


For the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader internship the PADI DSD Leader candidate must conduct four separate real (not simulated) PADI Discover Scuba Diving programs (with real students), in confined water under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor. PADI DSD Leader interns must show their ability to conduct effective briefings, in-water supervision and debriefings with non-certified divers.

All our Divemaster Courses include this programme as an option, without charge, as by the time you complete your Divemaster with us you are ready for this programme, to allow you to take non-divers for their first breath underwater, which we all know is a life-changing experience.

In resort environments, the PADI DSD Leader rating is a prerequisite for some positions at busy dive centres and can significantly boost a dive pro’s income.

The other thing to remember is that 5 DSDs count as 1 cert so even if you aren’t an Instructor yet you can still get your numbers up and be able to go for MSDT much sooner than other new instructors.


No addtional materials are required.


To take this course, you must be:

  • 18 years old
  • A PADI Divermaster 
  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organisation) course completion within the past 24 months.
  • Have at least 40 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.


Once you completed your DSD Leader, you'll want to check out: Assistant Instructor or  Open Water Scuba Instructor certification courses.


Enrol onto the course by making your purchase online through our website. You will then receive an email asking for some more details to get you registered and also offering some help to get you started with your online materials. After that, we will send you more details on logistics of your course, such where to be and when. 

If you already know which of our upcoming course dates suits you best, please book these date if you are unsure simply give us a call to discuss this further.



  • Discover Scuba Diving Leader Application Fee

PADI Approved 5 Star Instructor Development Centre

The UK Diving Academy are pleased to announce that we have been formally approved as a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre.

We are very proud that our committment to excellence been recognised and to continue to work with the world’s number one dive training agency to carry on bringing people through into the world of diving, from entry – level to professional. 

As a PADI PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre we have been recognised for the highest training standards, policies and procedure. We embrace the PADI System of diver education and offer regular continuing education programs to ensure divers have the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge


  Start Date Course Type Location   Price    
25 Dec 2022 DSD Leader Internship £ 180.00