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.
Just off the coast of Southern California in the waters surrounding Catalina Island resides an underwater civilization as awe-inspiring as the city above. To see it, the experienced divers of Diving Catalina outfit explorers of all skill levels to swim over the marine landscape, leading journeys into the protected Casino Point Underwater Dive Park and the kelp forest. In addition to guiding tours, Diving Catalina also rents snorkeling equipment and leads classes that range from introductory dives to advanced, postcertification scuba training to become the next Aquaman.
Eco Dive Center’s dedication to water conservation shines through in its educational programs—the dive team teaches its students not only about scuba diving, but how to properly care for and respect the underwater world. It’s much more than just a water-safety school and aquatics emporium, although it does house dive gear from renowned brands such as Bare and Oceanic in its 5,000 square-foot store. And it does, of course, certify students in both basic open-water PADI skills and more advanced specialties, such as rescue and first-response.
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.
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In a time when social media has become to go-to platform for most young people to connect and share ideas, The Xanadu Life inspires them to do so IRL. Devoted to adventure and wellness in equal measure, Xanadu's team regularly hosts events that get people outside and interacting; popular outings include Coastal Clean-Ups (wherein groups follow a day of picking up garbage with yoga and beach volleyball) and Wildlife Adventures with live speakers, visual art, and wine tastings at a zoological garden. In addition to eco-conscious excursions, Xanadu puts on an annual Love Boat party that brings singles and couples together for a sunset cruise.