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Scuba Courses

Diving Catalina offers a lifetime of exciting adventure and the ideal way to begin that adventure is with Diving Catalina's Open Water Diver course. Under the guidance of a professional Dive Instructor, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enjoy a lifetime of underwater exploration.

Scuba diving is a great way to explore the beautiful and fascinating world under the oceans, seas, and lakes. Suitable for those over the age of 12, scuba diving certification provides those with a sense of adventure, and love of the water, the opportunity to explore the waters all over the world.

INTRODUCTION TO SCUBA

- NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY -

For those who have always wanted to try scuba diving but who do not have dive certification, this scuba dive adventure is for you!

An Introductory Scuba Dive is an orientation to scuba diving that allows those who don’t have dive certification to experience diving in the ocean.  Enjoy the Introductory Scuba Dive in the Casino Point Dive Park, one of few underwater parks in the world, and marvel at the complex marine environment found in the kelp forests.

Participants must be at least 12 years of age and be medically cleared before being able to take the Introductory Scuba Dive.

What you will learn:

You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of an Open Water Scuba Instructor.

  • Basic safety guidelines and skills needed to scuba guide
  • You will be briefed on the scuba equipment
  • Skills that you’ll use on every dive
  • Breathe underwater
  • Swim around Casino Point
  • How to become a certified scuba diver

About the Introductory Dive:

  • The Introductory Dive includes a knowledgeable and experienced Open Water Scuba Instructor that is an expert on Catalina Island marine life
  • If applicant signs yes to any of the medical history questions, you must consult your physician for approval. Click here to download the Medical Statement
  • All scuba equipment, including a thick 7mm wet suit
  • Please allow approximately 2 hours for this adventure
  • No underwater photography is permitted on this dive
  • Reservations are required

Pricing:

  • $115.00 - per person.
  • The price above includes an equipment rental fee of $40 per person.
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CHECKOUT DIVES

(aka: Referral Dives or Certification Dives)

If you have completed your online or classroom training, and your pool or Training Dives, at another location, you can complete your open water training dives with us in the Casino Point Dive Park.   In order to complete your Open Water Diver certification, you need to complete 4 Checkout dives.  These dives must take place in an open water environment.   These dives can only take place after you have completed your online or classroom training, and pool portion of the Open Water certification class.  These final 4 dives take place over two days where you will be tested on the skills that you learned during the pool portion of your class.  Once you have completed the 4 Checkout Dives, you will be issued your Open Water Certification Card.

Our staff is certified to teach SSI, PADI, and NAUI Checkout dives.

What to bring?

  • A signed referral from your Dive Instructor
  • Copy of your Medical form if you had to have it signed by a doctor.  If applicant signs yes to any of the medical history questions, please consult your physician for approval. Click here to download the Medical Statement.
  • Your Log Book &Training Record signed by your Dive Instructor
  • Universal Referral signed by your Dive Instructor.

What to expect:

The Checkout dives are taught by our staff of professional Dive Instructors who are dedicated to teaching diving in a fun, safe and stress-free manner. Your 4 Checkout dives can be done 2 days in a row, or spread out over 2 weekends.  You will be required to demonstrate your proficiency in all the dive skills according to Standards for Open Water Certification.

 Pricing:

The above mentioned course reflects proven time requirements to finish the course. Occasionally, a student may require additional time to work with the instructor in order to become certified. In these cases an additional fee will apply to cover charges not covered by the initial course fee.

Online bookings are required for this dive.

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OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE

Scuba Diving offers a lifetime of exciting adventure and the ideal way to begin that adventure is with Diving Catalina’s Open Water Dive course.  The Open Water Dive Course is the most widely recognized scuba course in the world.  Millions of people all over the world have learned to scuba dive and discovered the wonders of oceans, lakes and rivers.

To enroll in the Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 12 years old or older. You must be able to swim comfortably and confidently in the open ocean, as well as be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but an interest in exploring the water is definitely required!

What will you learn:

  • Basic principles of scuba diving
  • How to use basic scuba gear
  • Moving in the water with ease
  • Breathing normally under water
  • Controlling buoyancy so you neither descent nor ascend
  • The easiest ways to enter and exit the water
  • Getting water out of your mask, or mask clearing
  • Knowledge Development (online or independent study) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • 4 Training Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • 4 Checkout Dives to use your skills and explore!

Your class includes:

  • The online course; you will study on your own at home before arriving for your dives
  • All quizzes and tests; you will take several quizzes and tests at home before arriving for your dives
  • 4 Training Dives with one of our Dive Instructors
  • 4 Checkout Dives with one of our Dive Instructors
  • Rental of all scuba gear (except dive gloves) for all of the required dives
  • Certification card

Please allow 4 days on Catalina to complete this course.

The above mentioned course reflects proven time requirements to finish the course. Occasionally, a student may require additional time to work with the instructor in order to become certified. In these cases an additional fee will apply to cover charges not covered by the initial course fee.

Private...$1,195.00

2 participants...$695.00 per person.

3 participants...$595.00 per person.

4 participants...$495.00 per person.

Please call 310-510-8558 for information.

 

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ADVANCED WATER DIVER COURSE

That’s what the Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different types of dives.  The dives you log helps develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Who should take this course?

Any Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years of age and ready to step up to a higher level of learning may enroll in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.

What will you learn:

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a list of dives. There are three required dives – Deep, Night and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other two, for a total of five dives.

Your Class Includes:

  • Advance Open Water manual; you study at home on your own time, prior to arriving for your dives
  • 5 dives with one of our Dive Instructors
  • Rental of all scuba gear (except dive gloves) for all of the required dives
  • Certification Card

Please allow 2 days on Catalina to complete this course.

$695.00 for a private class.

$495.00 per person based on 2 or more participants.

This course requires an online booking.

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RESCUE DIVER COURSE

The Rescue Diver course has been described as the most challenging, yet most rewarding, scuba diving course available.  You will learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver.  The course prepares you to deal with emergencies that you might encounter while diving.  You will learn what to look for and how to respond quickly. You will learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature.

Who should take this course?

Any Advanced Open Water dives who is at least 12 years old can enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have taken and passed CPR and First Aid training within the past 12 months.   You can also choose to complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.

Advance Open Water divers who are at least 12 years old may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have CPR and First Aid training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course.

What will you learn?

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

What scuba gear will you use?

  • You will use basic scuba equipment
  • You will need a pocket mask to practice in-water resuscitation
  • Your Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit

Your class includes:

  • Rescue Diver manual; you study at home on your own time, prior to arriving for your dives
  • Complete instruction with one of our Dive Instructors
  • All in and out of water rescue scenarios
  • Certification card

Please allow 3 days on Catalina to complete the course.

Please call 310-510-8558 for information.

This course requires an online booking.

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DIVEMASTER COURSE

Divemasters are looked upon by other scuba divers as leaders who motivate, and mentor, others.  The Divemaster course is the initial level of professional training.  During the course, you will work closely with one of our Dive Instructors and fine-tune your dive skills.  You will gain confidence and knowledge so you can become a role model to divers everywhere you dive.

Once you complete the Divemaster Course, you will have the knowledge to supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Divemaster Certification can open up many opportunities if you wish to work abroad at a dive destination, or close to home at your local dive shop.

Prerequisite:

  • Rescue Diver certification
  • 18 years of age
  • CPR and First Aid training within the past 12 months
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • At least 40 logged dives to begin the course, and 60 logged dives to earn certification

What will you learn:

The Divemaster course teaches you to take charge of dive activities, and be a leader in the dive community.  You will learn the skills necessary to organize and direct all kinds of scuba diving activities.  Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the  Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Your class includes:

  • Divemaster manual; you study at home on your own time, prior to arriving for your dives
  • Complete instruction with one of our Dive Instructors
  • Certification card

Please call 310-510-8558 for information.

This course requires an online booking.