The friendly submerged seafarers at Ocean Enterprises have served earthbound San Diego vertebrates for more than 31 years. The center's introductory scuba diving lesson welcomes aspirant underwater aspirators to learn the fundamentals of diving within the warm, safe confines of the facility's pool. After meeting with one of the passionate, certified instructors, you'll learn about the basics of the dive before getting acquainted with the provided equipment, including the buoyancy control device, regulator, mask, fins, and snorkel. Then, after a few minutes of aqueous immersion, you'll develop a newfound affinity for your artificial gills, filled with vigor to discover shipwrecks, reefs, buffalo nickels, and water buffalo with dewy, suspicious eyes.
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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Disguised in wetsuits, flippers, and diving masks, humans almost seem indistinguishable from the scores of aquatic life that thrive among the San Diego coastline. In the water, curious sea lions tug playfully at divers' fins, and thick stalks of kelp wave like Queen Elizabeth telling the gathered crowd to go home already. With access to five separate sites in which to see such wonders, the guides at San Diego Excellent Adventures tailor their adventures—whether snorkeling, diving, or paddling—around the experience level of each tour group, ensuring an easy assimilation to undersea life.
During guided dives along La Jolla Shores, swimmers peer in on frolicking creatures such as lobsters, octopuses, and leopard sharks, and standup paddleboards grant access to Mission Bay's shoreline views previously seen only by terribly lost Venetian gondoliers. Currently the largest manmade bay in the country, Mission is known for its calm waters suited to beginners just learning to explore the ocean.
The Discover Scuba Diving class will outfit freshly finned divers with all the properly sized and fitted equipment necessary to dive and thrive under the sea. After comprehensive safety preparation and lessons in the function of each tiny piece of equipment such as the regulator, pressure gauge, and spear gun, you'll plunge into the pool. Under the careful, encouraging supervision of the resident dive master, you'll practice basic maneuvers, breathing techniques, and shark-boxing skills. Starting in the shallows, students will get comfortable with newly sprouted mechanical gills before venturing into deeper waters for more free-form exploration.
Dive California is a full-service dive shop and training center staffed by scuba-diving instructors and divemasters experienced in military, technical, and recreational diving. The PADI-certified instructors guide divers through the fundamentals of scuba safety and prepare them emotionally to hear their breath sound like Darth Vader's. This introductory dive is designed for the first-time diver. All participants should be over 11 years old and refrain from donning inner tubes in animal shapes.