PADI DSD Leader – Divemaster Qualifications Upgrade

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

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

We conduct all of our training in such a way as to give you practical knowledge, not just a certificate. It does not matter whether it is a basic course or PADI Divemaster. The most important is the 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. Our standards are set higher so that you can proudly say you trained with Costa Rica Divers. If you are looking for a quick and easy license, you have come to the wrong address.

Course Details

The goal of the PADI DSD Leader training is to prepare professional divers to lead pool activities with people who have no diving experience. As a PADI Divemaster you already know how to work with licensed divers and how to lead underwater expeditions. Upgrading your qualifications to PADI DSD Leader will allow you to enter the world of teaching. At any dive center in the world, a PADI DSD Leader is sure to find a job for themselves because by taking over some of the responsibilities associated with PADI Discover Scuba Diving training, they can take some of the pressure off 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

PADI DSD Leader training includes at least 4 pool lessons with PADI DSD students. During these lessons we will test your knowledge of the Divemaster course and you will also learn how to introduce people to the world of diving. The goal of this training is to teach you how to conduct pool lessons in a safe, practical and enjoyable way for your students. You will take over most of the responsibilities in each subsequent pool session, until eventually you will be running the entire pool session yourself.

You will also participate in all ocean dives with your DSD students. Of course this will be under the active control of your instructor, but you will see how your students put your knowledge into practice. This will also be the ultimate test and confirmation that you can teach diving.

Your PADI DSD Leader status will not be confirmed until you have demonstrated absolutely professional and safe treatment of novice divers in the water.



Professional diving training is a long and enjoyable journey, which you started with the PADI Divemaster course. Now you can expand your qualifications by earning the PADI DSD Leader degree. We have prepared some questions and answers about this program and our training courses. Please contact us if you have additional questions or would like to book a course.


What does DSD Lider mean?

DSD Leader does not mean Instructor, but it does require some teaching skills and a pleasant delivery of knowledge. Experience at the DSD Leader level can be very useful if you are planning further professional development in the future. A PADI DSD Leader has the knowledge and authority to teach the pool phase of the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program. This means that the class can be taught in a pool or in open water that offers pool-like conditions in terms of clarity, calmness and depth.


What qualifications does PADI DSD Lider have?

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


Is it worth getting the leader degree?

Professional diving degrees are usually obtained in order to work in the diving industry. As a PADI Divemaster, you can work in a dive center and lead tours for people with a diving license. Obtaining additional qualifications from this course will increase your chances of finding a good job. Think of it this way: will a 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