A colony of seals suns itself on the rock ledges of La Jolla Cove while seabirds preen themselves a few feet above. Below, bright-orange garibaldi fish and california spiny lobsters scuttle about the cove’s reefs and kelp beds. This biologically rich landscape sets the stage for La Jolla Dive & Snorkel’s scuba-diving lessons, which range from beginner discovery classes to dive-master-certification courses that adhere to the training standards of the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). They also lead four shore dives to various sites, such as one located near The Marine Room restaurant, where the shallow reefs and smell of lobster bisque attract gentle leopard sharks in the early summer. Along with scuba diving, instructors also teach students how to strut in fashionable snorkeling gear and how to stoically gaze into the horizon during standup-paddleboarding tours.
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Save time on parking when you opt to take advantage of one of the parking facilities nearby.
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 training center Beach Cities Scuba introduce students to the big blue with PADI-certified diving courses for divers of all levels.
They have certified over 1,250 PADI divers each of the last two years, have certified over 15,000 PADI divers since the company's inception. They certify newbies with basic open-water courses and teach advanced divers in specialty courses such as Deep Diver, Rescue Diver, and Shark Therapy. 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. In 2013, they won the #1 Padi Diver Acquisition and Padi Diver Retention awards.
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Head on over to the in-house restaurant for a delectable meal.
This club is great for families with kids.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Sometimes the best way to describe a passion is also the simplest way. That’s the case with Orange County Scuba Dive & Photo. With the two simple words “dive” and “photo,” they encapsulate everything they love and teach, from PADI diving-certification courses to their selection of top-of-the-line underwater cameras. They also organize and lead dive trips both locally—such as excursions to Santa Barbara Island—and internationally, including a planned 2013 trip to Micronesia, where they will dive with the abundant reef life and search for sunken treasure chests full of vintage floppy disks.