Open Water Diver Course

Become PADI Certified

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 12 years old or older (10-11 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!




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


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!

2017 Group Program Class Schedules – Dana Point /Laguna Beach

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


2017 Group Program Class Schedules – Cypress  – Monday/Tuesday classes!

JAN 16/JAN 17 FEB 6/FEB 7 FEB 20/FEB21
MAR 6/MAR 7 MAR 20/MAR 21 APR 3/APR 4
APR 17/APR 18 MAY 15/MAY 16 MAY 29/MAY 30
JUN 12/JUN 13 JUN 26/JUN 27 JUL 10/JUL 11
JUL 24/JUL 25 AUG 7/AUG 8 AUG 21/AUG 22
SEP 5/ SEP 6 SEP 18/SEP 19 OCT 9/OCT 10
OCT 23/OCT 24 NOV 6/NOV 7 NOV 20/NOV 21


2017 Group Program Class Schedules – Huntington Beach / Newport Beach

JAN 4/JAN 7 JAN 18/ JAN 21 FEB 1/FEB 4
FEB 15/FEB 18 MAR 1/MAR 4 MAR 15/MAR 18
MAR 29/APR 1 APR 12/APR 15 APR 26/APR 29
MAY 10/MAY 13 MAY 24/MAY 27 JUN 7/JUN 10
JUN 21/ JUN 24 JUL 5/JUL 8 JUL 19/JUL 22
AUG 2/AUG 5 AUG 16/AUG 19 AUG 30/SEP 2
SEP 13/SEP 16 SEP 27/SEP 30 OCT 11/ OCT 14
OCT 25/ OCT 28 NOV 8/ NOV 11 NOV 22/NOV 25

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!



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! 

Outgoing Programs

Incoming Programs