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Become PADI Certified

Join the #1 scuba certification in Orange County, California program! 

If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course (see also our PADI Open Water Diver Semi-Private and Private courses!) – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be 15 years old or older (10-15 year old's will be directed to the Private program). You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Complete the course online!

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Process

Academics

PADI's Online Training program is designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. You can complete the academics online or at your local Beach Cities Scuba Centers

Equipment

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic SCUBA equipment, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank. The required equipment for you to purchase is the mask, fins, snorkel, booties and gloves. Beach Cities Scuba will provide you with the basic SCUBA equipment to get your started off on the right foot!

Pool Training

When you're fitted with your scuba equipment you can begin your pool training. Your instructor will put into practice the techniques you learned in the academics program. Your training dives will be logged and approved by your instructor before you move on to open water.

Open Water Training

Get ready to experience everything you've learned with the freedom of open water. As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your instructor you will be a certified diver. PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

We have the option of diving from shore at the #1 dive site in Orange County known as Shaw's Cove. Or, you can select the easier option of diving from a boat with our crew on the Riviera. Enjoy beautiful Southern California in style as you visit dives sites in Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente. Visit places that are hard to reach from shore that include Broadway reef, Monarch Point, Deadman's Reef, Wood's Cove deep reefs and much, much more! See our dive sites here!

Your adventure awaits, get started today!

** Dates below are your academic and pool session dates. You will select your Open Water dates with your instructor.

2018 Group Program Class Schedules – Oceanside  – Weekday (6 pm to 10 pm and Weekend classes (8 am to 5 pm) **

JAN 8,9,10 APR 14, 15 JULY 7, 8
JAN 20, 21 APR 30, MAY 1, 2 JULY 9, 10, 11
FEB 5, 6, 7 MAY 12, 13 JULY 21, 22
FEB 17, 18 MAY 14, 15, 16 JUL 10/JUL 11
MAR 3, 4 MAY 26, 27 JULY 23, 24, 25
MAR 17, 18 JUN 9, 10 AUG 4, 5
MAR 19, 20, 21 JUN 11, 12, 13 AUG 6, 7, 8
MAR 31, APR 1

 

2018 Group Program Class Schedules – Dana Point and Laguna Beach (First date is 6 pm, next two dates are 8 am to 5 pm) **

JAN 10, 13, 14 MAY 16, 19, 20 AUG 22, 25, 26
JAN 24, 27, 28 MAY 30, JUN 2, 3 SEP 5, 8, 9
FEB 7, 10, 11 JUN 13, 16, 17 SEP 19, 22, 23
MAR 7, 10, 11 JUN 27, 30, 31 OCT 3, 6, 7
MAR 21, 24, 25 JUL 11, 14, 15 OCT 17, 20, 21
APR 4, 7, 8 JUL 25, 28, 29 NOV 28, DEC 1, 2
APR 18, 21, 22 AUG 8, 11, 12 DEC 12, 15, 16
MAY 2, 5, 6

2018 Group Program Class Schedules – Cypress – Monday/Tuesday classes. (Weekday classes are 6 pm to 10 pm) **

JAN 8, 9, 15, 16 JUN 4, 5, 11, 12 OCT 15, 16, 22, 23
JAN 22, 23, 29, 30 JUL 9, 10, 16, 17 NOV 5, 6, 12, 13
FEB 12, 13, 19, 20 JUL 23, 24, 30, 31 DEC 10, 11, 17, 18
MAR 12, 13, 19, 20 AUG 6, 7, 13, 14 2019
APR 9, 10, 16, 17 AUG 20, 21, 27, 28

JAN 14, 15, 21, 22

APR 23, 24, 30, MAY 1 SEP 17, 18, 24, 25
MAY 7, 8, 14, 15 OCT 1, 2, 8, 9
MAY 21, 22, 29, 30

 

2018 Group Program Class Schedules – Huntington Beach / Newport Beach (First date is 6 pm, next two dates are 8 am to 5 pm) **

JAN 3, 6, 7 APR 11, 14, 15 AUG 15, 18, 19
JAN 17, 20, 21 APR 25, 28, 29 AUG 29, SEP 1, 2
JAN 31, FEB 3, 4 MAY 9, 12, 13 SEP 12, 15, 16
FEB 14, 17, 18 MAY 23, 26, 27 SEP 26, 29, 30
FEB 21, 24, 25 JUN 6, 9, 10 OCT 10, 13, 14
FEB 28, MAR 3, 4 JUN 20, 23, 24 OCT 24, 27, 28
MAR 14, 17, 18 JUL 18, 21, 22 NOV 7, 10, 11
MAR 28, 31, APR 1 AUG 1, 4, 5 NOV 14, 17, 18

** Dates above are your academic and pool session dates. You will select your Open Water dates with your instructor.

How do I sign up? 

1. First, you'll want to pay for your appropriate PADI Open Water Diver course in the group setting (spaces are limited), the PADI Semi-Private Open Water Course (have control of your Open Water Dives), or the PADI Private Open Water Diver Course (tailored schedule and individualized attention to meet your needs). 

2. We will send you paperwork and a confirmation email once you have signed up. This will include the required paperwork, your dates, and a plan for you to either pick up your books or receive your e-learning codes. 

3. Once you receive the email, YOU ARE IN! We'll get you started at your earliest convenience and being the first step into the world of scuba diving!

Get started today! Sign up, get online and let's get to diving!!!!

Complete the course online! GET STARTED ONLINE

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Referrals

Headed out on vacation? Want to finish what you started overseas or in another state and would like to complete it with us? No problem! 

The PADI referral program is here to help! We'll verify your paperwork for incoming referrals and give you a quote and a list of what you need to finish up! 

If you are outbound to an amazing vacation, we can take you as far as you want us to and then refer to you another dive training shop overseas or somewhere else in the country! 

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