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Not familiar with diving in Melbourne, or don't have a buddy available and really want to get in the water for a dive? Then this PADI Discover Local Diving experience is the way to organise to have your own PADI Professional in the water with you guiding you around a local shore dive site and making sure you are safe in the water of an unfamiliar area.
A PADI professional guide will acquaint you with one of the local shore dives here on the Mornington Peninsula (e.g. Blairgowrie Pier or Rye Pier), so that you feel more comfortable in the local underwater environment after your dive.
A guided dive is for divers of all levels, designed to assist you with applying what you know about Scuba Diving and apply this to the local environment via a fun, relaxed dive.
The PADI Discover Local Diving Dive includes a PADI Professional supervised dive in an area (normally a local pier) on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Fun Part
You'll be doing an open water dive in the pristine waters of one of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula shore sites with no more than 4 people per guide.
Gain knowledge of one of our local dive sites to improve your diving ability at the site with a professional diver.
Your dive can be booked to suit your date requirements and once we have confirmed your booking date we guarantee it will run (weather permitting) with just one person (you). This means there are never any cancellations due to minimum numbers not being met.
Guided dives start with meeting your Professional Guide at the shop at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of your selected date and normally are finished by 12:00 p.m. for a single dive or 1:30 p.m. for a 2 dive guided experience at Rye Pier or Blairgowrie Pier. Travelling to Flinders Pier, Portsea Pier or Mornington Pier will extend these times and additional costs will be incurred, please see our Weedy Seadragon Flinders option under Guided Dives for Flinders prices, or contact the shop for Mornington and Portsea additional costs.
What You Learn
You will use the scuba knowledge you learned during your diver training course — including the below, to have a safe dive at a local dive site:
- Safe diving practices
- Dive planning fundamentals
- Recreational diving basic knowledge
- Recreational diving dive planning
The PADI Discover Local Diving guided dive is particularly beneficial if you:
- Are a new Diver to our area
- Are a diver who knows the site, but just haven't dived it in a while and want to get familiar with it again
See also, Melbourne Guided Dives.
The Scuba Gear You Use
You use all the basic scuba gear — BCD, Cylinder, Regulator, SPG, Dive Computer, Weight Belt and Wetsuit/Drysuit. You should bring your own wetsuit, BCD, regs, weight belt and cylinder, if you have them. If not, you can hire this dive gear from us. See Scuba Equipment Rental for more details and pricing.
Personal Dive Gear: You will need your own Mask, Snorkel and Fins. Also bring your own Boots, Gloves, Hood and Dive Lights if you need them. These are considered to be personal items and are NOT available for hire.
If you don't have the required gear, check with The Scuba Doctor dive shop about Scuba Equipment Rental and packages for this dive.
PADI Discover Local Diving Guide Prerequisites
To participate in the PADI Discover Local Diving Dive you must:
- Hold and be able to show us your certification as a Scuba Diver via an accepted Scuba Diving Agency
- Be at least 16 years old.
PADI Discover Local Diving Bookings:
Like all our diving options and course we don't believe a one-size-fits-all so we offer a variety of options for our guided shore dives, and of course, like our courses, all are lead as a 1-on-1 to allow you the best experience available.
The price for your PADI Discover Local Diving dive at The Scuba Doctor dive shop varies depending on the travel time to the site - starting at just $89 for one dive, or $160 for 2 dives.
- 1 Dive - Single Site (Rye) - $129
- 1 Dive - Single Site (Blairgowrie or Portsea) - $149
- 1 Dive - Single Site (Flinders or Mornington) - $175
- 2 Dives - Single Site (Rye, Blairgowrie or Portsea) - $235
- 2 Dives - Single Site (Flinders or Mornington) - $255
- 2 Dives - Multiple Site (Rye, Blairgowrie or Portsea) - $259
- 2 Dives - Multiple Site (Flinders, Rye, Blairgowrie, Mornington or Portsea) - $275
Dives can be completed Mon, Wed-Sun at these prices. To lock in assistance and start arrangements for your dive(s), please add this item to your shopping cart, then complete the payment process, providing full contact details.
Upon receiving your payment we will:
- Contact you to confirm a date for your guided dive.
- Provide you with your instructor's details to allow correspondence.
- Provide you with the finer details (i.e. requirements like towel, bathers, etc.) for the dive day.
What are you waiting for? Book your guided dive today!
Please Note: During the month of June we offer Guided Dives to see the Giant Spider Crab Aggregation. Once a year they gather in their thousands to moult their hard outer shells. They need to moult to grow bigger. Their new soft skin makes them vulnerable to predators such as rays, seals and birds, so they band together in a large numbers to stay safe. The aggregation will return in June 2020.