Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Atomic, Bare, Stahlsac, Zeagle, Oceanic, Mares
Pro Tip: We refuse to treat you like a customer, but more like a friend.
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 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.
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.
Oceanside Scuba and Swim Center opened only recently, but diving has long been a part of owner Ray Simon's job. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, he traversed much of the globe underwater, initially diving recreationally before turning professional. After retiring, Simon established two suba centers. At Oceanside Scuba, he and his staff of trainers equip visitors with the skills they need to safely explore the ocean and understand fish traffic signals through year-round classes while providing them the necessary gear through rentals.