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- $339 for a two-weekend open-water diver certification course, including snorkel, scuba mask, and rental of all other necessary gear (a $695 value)
Students earn their lifetime PADI open-water diver certification and card during the express certification class, which is spread over two weekends. The session includes study materials, a pre-class 90-minute fitting for provided diving equipment, two pool sessions, two ocean sessions, and a graduation ceremony. Class dates will be set when you call to register.
Eco Dive Center
Eco Dive Center’s dedication to water conservation shines through in its educational programs—the dive team teaches its students not only about scuba diving, but how to properly care for and respect the underwater world. It’s much more than just a water-safety school and aquatics emporium, although it does house dive gear from renowned brands such as Bare and Oceanic in its 5,000 square-foot store. And it does, of course, certify students in both basic open-water PADI skills and more advanced specialties, such as rescue and first-response.
Eco Dive has led underwater cleanup expeditions off of Santa Monica Pier, removing hundreds of pounds of trash in the process, and has enlisted the help of school children to spruce up local beaches. It has also partnered with area non-profits such as Heal the Bay, an organization that educates the public about reducing water pollution and administering splints if waves sprain their ankles.