PADI DSD Leader – Divemaster Qualifications Upgrade

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You are already a professional diver with the PADI Divemaster title, but would still like to improve your qualifications. DSD Leader is the perfect complement to your Divemaster powers. The PADI DSD Leader degree will allow you to independently conduct the Discover Scuba Diving program in the pool. You will be able to introduce new people to the world of diving and derive joy and satisfaction when they take their first breath underwater.

Why take part in PADI DSD Leader with Costa Rica Divers?

We conduct all our trainings in a way that is to give you practical knowledge, not just a certificate. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Basic Course or a PADI Divemaster. The most important thing is practical knowledge and experience that will help you in later diving or working with clients. We are not a “certificate factory” and there are no shortcuts with us. Our standards are set higher so that you can proudly say that you have trained at Costa Rica Divers. If you’re looking for a quick and easy license, you’ve come to the wrong address.

Course Details

The aim of the PADI DSD Leader training is to prepare professional divers to conduct pool classes with people who have no experience in diving. As a PADI Divemaster, you already know how to work with licensed divers and how to conduct underwater tours. Upgrading your qualifications to the PADI DSD Leader degree will allow you to enter the world of learning. In every dive center in the world, PADI DSD Leader will be sure to find a job for him, because by taking over some of the responsibilities related to the PADI Discover Scuba Diving training, it can relieve the instructor.

You also need to meet the requirements to join and complete the PADI DSD Leader course:

Entry requirements for the PADI DSD Leader course:

  1. PADI Divemaster certified and active status
  2. Minimum age: 18 years or older

Place of the course

Costa Rica Divers

Price Includes

  • the care of a PADI instructor
  • PADI license fees
  • all necessary equipment

Price Excludes

  • food
  • transport to our resort
  • accommodation
What to Expect

Training for the PADI DSD Leader degree includes at least 4 swimming pool lessons with PADI DSD students. During these classes, we will test your knowledge of the Divemaster course, and you will learn how to introduce people to the world of diving. The aim of this training is to teach you how to conduct a pool session in a safe, practical and enjoyable way for students. In each subsequent pool session, you will take on most of the responsibilities until you finally conduct the entire pool session yourself.

You will also be a participant in all ocean dives with your DSD students. Of course, it will be under the active control of the instructor, but you will see how the students use the knowledge you conveyed in practice. It will also be a final test and confirmation that you can teach people to dive.

Your PADI DSD Leader status will not be validated until you have proven absolutely professional and safe treatment for beginner divers in the water.



Professional Scuba Diving Training is a long and enjoyable journey you started with your PADI Divemaster course. Now you can expand your qualifications by earning the PADI DSD Leader degree. We have prepared a few questions and answers about this program and our training. Contact us if you have additional questions or would like to book your course.


What does DSD Lider mean?

A DSD leader does not mean an Instructor, but requires some teaching skills and the pleasant transmission of knowledge. The DSD Lider degree experience can prove very useful if you are planning further professional development in the future. PADI DSD Leader has the knowledge and authority to run the pool or confined water part of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program. This means that the activities can be conducted in a pool or in open water, which offers conditions similar to a pool in terms of transparency, tranquility and depth.


What qualifications does PADI DSD Lider have?

As mentioned above, a PADI Divemaster with PADI DSD Leader status can run a pool section with PADI Discover Scuba Diving students. Such training can be conducted without the supervision of an instructor, which is not possible if you own only the PADI Divemaster licence. That is why it is so important to have a good understanding of the principles of training and to acquire skills that allow you to conduct the training safely. After becoming a leader, you will be able to train with a maximum of 4 students in the pool or 2 students if the training is in open water.


Is it worth getting the leader degree?

Diving professional degrees are usually obtained in order to work in the diving industry. As a PADI Divemaster, you can work in a dive center and conduct tours of people with a diving license. Obtaining additional qualifications from this course will increase your chances of finding a good job. Think this way: will the dive center hire someone with “only” Divemaster status, or someone who can do more?

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The PADI DSD Leader course will allow you to upgrade your Divemaster qualification to training status in Discover Scuba Diving.

26 September 2021