The team at Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel teaches classes, repairs equipment, and plans diving trips, all with a focus on building an active scuba community. Seasoned instructors with NAUI and PADI certification lead beginners from the classroom to the ocean, where they meander through kelp forests and master the art of underwater basket weaving. Experts coordinate travel to premier international and local dive sites such as Catalina Island, aiming to make the three to five yearly trips affordable and fun. The crew also recommends new and used gear for purchase or rental, including Oceanic booties, Tusa masks, and radar equipment that helps divers avoid traveling mermaid salesmen.
Scuba neophytes and schooled snorkelers alike can dive into a sea of inspiration at Aqua Safaris, a full-service scuba center minutes from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. With the four-week scuba certification course, budding aquanauts receive four three-hour classroom sessions, four three-hour pool lessons, and up to five ocean dives. All scuba equipment is included, but students will need to purchase their own snorkeling gear, a logbook, a training textbook, and bellyflop insurance. After four weeks, you'll be fully certified and ready to flap your fins at any waterhole across the world.
The Try Scuba lesson, aimed at newcomers to diving, begins with classroom instruction on scuba diving and the science behind it, followed by ample time in the meticulously maintained on-site, heated pool. Participants will learn several skills taught in a full-certification program, including how to breathe underwater, how to clear a scuba regulator, and how to use diving equipment. Throughout the experience, you and your aqualungs will be under the close supervision of veteran instructors, all of whom are certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and/or have met all requirements of the Recreational Scuba Training Council under Scuba Schools International. As you float weightlessly through the water, take a moment to focus on the surrounding silence, the cascading light shining down, and the calming exchange between you and your lovingly pressurized oxygen tank.
Led by a stylist with more than 35 years of salon experience, the team at Speakes for Hair Tanning & Diving cuts hair and creates new looks with color, bleaching, highlights, and spiral perms. In addition to their salon services, the staff offers waxing, massage, tanning, and nail services.
Central Valley Scuba Center educates adventurers in the science of scuba at an on-site classroom facility before heading off on trips to the tropical waters of the Atlantic. The Center's 12-foot-deep outdoor diving pool allows certified instructors to give hands-on direction to beginning students and divers seeking certification. Those who enjoy scuba and receive certification can join instructors on adventures to Cozumel and the Caribbean islands. There, they'll dive amid tropical fish and spy on movies filmed in Atlantis.
Carmel Bay Divers' instructors train, certify, and outfit scuba divers with the simple goal of getting a few more folks to come dive with them. The staff can be found in the shop just as often as beneath the waves at Monterey, the Channel Islands, or some tropical destination. However, they ultimately begin journeys at the shop, outfitting new divers with dry suits, wet suits, snorkels, scuba tanks, or whatever the occasion requires. As soon as everyone's dressed appropriately, though, they hit the water, cruising sandy depths and spotting everything from curious seals to bathing angel sharks, a species known for its love of caroling.