Discover Scuba Pre Registration How To

If you conduct a lot of Discover Scuba® Diving experiences, you can save time by having participants pre-register themselves. Students type in their address information, email and birthdate online and these details are automatically populated into PADI’s system. Once the DSD is complete, you won’t have to re-enter their information.

The first step is to find and share your unique pre-registration link. To obtain your link, go to the Online Processing Center on the PADI Pros Site.

How to set up DSD pre registrations PADI


Locate the sub-menu that says My Preferences (it’s at the bottom of the page). On the new screen that opens, choose the Preregistrations tab. There you will find the unique link for your store.

Independent PADI Pros can also have DSD participants pre-register. Send students this link: along with your instructor number. The student will be required to include your instructor number to pre-register online.

PADI Discover Scuba pre registration settings

Below is an example of the form the student completes online. The store information and logo is pre-populated and the student can type in a date when they would like to do their DSD. The date is an FYI only; when submitting the student information for processing, you’ll be asked to enter when they actually completed their DSD experience.

PADI Discover Scuba pre registration online form
online form


When someone registers for a DSD through your link, you’ll receive a notification email from (see example below). If you start to get a lot of these messages, you can update your settings to receive a daily summary instead.

Subject: You Have a Discover Scuba® Diving Experience Lead

PADI Discover Scuba pre registration confirmation email
confirmation email for stores

The DSD participant also receives an email from

Subject: Thank You for Signing Up for your Discover Scuba® Diving Experience

Discover Scuba Diving pre registration email

When the program is complete, you can quickly process any student who has pre-registered via the Online Processing Center.


From the home screen, scroll down until you see the box for DSD pre-registrations. A green box will indicate if you have any in queue.

PADI Discover Scuba pre registration

Select a student from your queue and click Continue Processing Selected Student. This is where the time savings begins!

DSD pre registration processing

Confirm the date and location where the DSD took place, and that’s it. You’re done! No need to type in all the student information (they already did it for you).

process PADI DSD


If you know there are pre-registrations, but the results page says No student record found, adjust the drop down to show registrations farther into the future.

In the screengrab immediately below, the filter is set to 1-Week and there are no student records shown, but when adjusted to 3 Weeks, the student appears.

Discover Scuba pre registration
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Discover Scuba pre registration

For other issues, try using a different browser or device. Generally speaking, using a desktop or laptop device and either Chrome or Firefox as your browser will work well. Using a tablet, or Apple’s Safari browser may cause issues.

If you have questions about this process, please contact customerservice at padi dot com or phone: 800 729 7234 ext 2495 or +1 949 858 7234 ext. 2495.

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