Underneath blue skies, students geared up in masks, fins, and snorkels dive into an outdoor, heated training pool to learn how to breathe underwater. As students acclimate to the water, certified instructors lead them through courses of varying levels, such as the introductory Discover Scuba course, that teach breathing basics and safety techniques. After mastering the fundamentals, Scuba Schools of America can take water enthusiasts to the beach or out into the Pacific for open-water dives where they'll implement full dive-planning methods and artistic poses atop opened clamshells. For those seeking certification, Scuba Schools of America teaches intensive classes and specialty programs such as underwater photography and rescue diving.
The instructors and professional staff at PADI five-star instructor center Beach Cities Scuba introduce students to the big blue with PADI-certified diving courses for divers of all levels. They certify newbies with basic open-water courses and teach advanced divers in specialty courses such as Deep Diver, Rescue Diver, and Shark Therapist. They operate out of five convenient locations and sling necessary gear in onsite stores, from wetsuits and facemasks to spear guns. Beach Cities Scuba also connects divers through its dive club and hosts exotic dive trips to locations such as Indonesia, Fiji, and Cozumel.
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The crew at Brian Anderson Dive and Scuba School is all about extreme adventure, and the proof is in the company name—whose abbreviation spells out an extreme acronym. They lead a variety of certification programs for students who wish to stretch their sea legs, including regular and advanced open-water certification, rescue diving, emergency first responder, and Divemaster. They also organize diving trips to remote locales such as Cozumel, Thailand, Fiji, Australia, and the Bahamas. The team works with each student on an individual level, allowing them to complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, and at their own budget.
With the proliferation of the internet and the expansion of cheap global airfare, humanity has begun to lose its sense of adventure. There’s little left to explore on the earth, but that all changes when you head underground. That’s where the oceans come in. Driven by a desire to see the ocean's wondrous creatures and otherworldly environments, the instructors at Signature Scuba have been charting undersea expeditions for years and years. Today, they strive to rekindle that love of discovery in their students with PADI-certified courses in open water diving. Through classroom sessions, pool diving practice, and teacher-guided open-water excursions in Catalina, students grow comfortable in their gear and in the water. Soon, they’re able to jet off at their teacher's referral in search of natural wonders during explorations of warm-water locales such as Hawaii or their uncle's hot tub.
The expert instructors at Seas The Day Scuba arm swimmers with the skills to explore spectacular landscapes under the sea. They lead a variety of classes that range in difficulty from beginner to professional and in purpose from recreational to technical for divers of all ages. For those who are serious about the sport, they lead courses that result in a PADI certification, which grants students the ability to dive in waters all over the world. Along with classes that include fins-on excursions to the pool and the beach, they lead trips to such far-flung locations as Fiji and Indonesia, introducing divers to some of the world's most awe-inspiring underwater vistas. And they offer equipment rental and maintenance, tuning regulators or refilling tanks without the help of any blowfish.