The base fee advertised here covers all instructor fees as well as the PADI fee to receive your Scuba Diver License card in the mail. There are additional charges on top of that to participate in the course.
The whole course will cost anywhere between $900-1200. This will cover everything:
When you come into the shop to purchase your personal gear, one of our staff members will walk you through all the gear and have you try on everything! You will then be able to pick your gear based on fit, comfort and budget.
The cost varies depending on which gear you pick. We have different price points for all gear as well as different options depending on what your scuba life will look like (ie. heavy duty fins for California diving vs lighter fins for traveling to warmer climates). Make sure you talk to the staff member helping you and share what your scuba goals will be :)
We offer full day boat trips (no overnights!) to Catalina Island every Sunday. Each ticket costs $170 and covers three dives in the day as well as all snacks and meals throughout. Non Divers are more than welcome to join on the boat. Please use the code NONDIVER when purchasing a boat trip for a friend or relative that would like to join you on the boat!
Our PADI Open Water Diver course takes 4 days total and consists of three main phases:
Pool sessions run every Saturday and on Sundays we go to the ocean. When you purchase your boat ticket you are reserving your spot for the whole weekend. The Open Water course takes two weekends to complete. Feel free to start with booking one weekend at a time !
Please take a look at our DIVE CALENDAR to see when you'd like to get started.
In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device (aka BCD) and a tank. The equipment you wear varies, depending upon the time of year and the water conditions.
Before you start the course you will be required to purchase your own personal gear mentioned above (mask, snorkel, fins, booties and gloves). We offer 15% off to all of our students. When you buy your personal gear at our shop we will waive any rental fee for additional equipment (BCD, regulator, tank, weight belt... $95 rental fee cap waived).
If you are ready to take on this beautiful adventure in your life, please follow the following steps:
1. Add the PADI Open Water course to cart (make sure you use code WINTER at checkout)
2. Navigate to our Calendar and reserve your spot for your first boat trip! When you purchase your boat ticket you are reserving your spot for the whole weekend.
3. Once purchased, come to the shop anytime before your first Saturday to sign your paperwork & pick up your gear and class materials. We ask you to come before your course as Saturday will be a very busy day and we would like to take our time to take your through all the personal gear and make sure you buy gear fit for your own scuba profile.
Feel free to give us a call if you have any additional questions- we are happy to help! We can be reached M-F from 10AM to 7PM at (323) 641-7416 and Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM as well.
Okay I've read about the Open Water course. I understand that the Open Water fee on this page covers the instruction however does not cover boat trips ($170 each, you will need two to complete the course), course materials: Open Water Manual ($70.80), SMB ($36), Log Book ($10), and Personal Gear (5 items: mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves, costs between $250-600+ all together). All of the course materials will be bought directly in the Blue Holic retail shop located on Olympic.
Next step, I've added the Open Water course to cart. Now I can navigate to the Calendar to see when I would like to start my class. I understand that when I buy the pool session and boat trip this reserves my spot to begin the course that weekend!
Before the first weekend of my course, come into the Blue Holic Scuba to sign my paperwork and get all my course materials including personal gear! Which I will get 15% off of in the store, and it will unlock free rentals for all heavy duty gear (Wetsuit, Tank, BCD, Regulator, Weights). Once I've gone to the shop to sign the paperwork and collect materials, I will receive a code to videos online to start watching along with the manual before my first weekend!
Blue Holic Scuba is located at 3636 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Hours are Monday to Friday 10AM to 7PM and Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. On Sundays Blue Holic is closed because we're off diving!
The course is going to take about 4 days, aka. 2 full weekends. On Saturdays we go to the pool, on Sundays we go to the ocean.
The first weekend I'm going to learn basic skills and learn to get comfortable with this new gear and breathing underwater. On Saturday I'm going to do basic mask and regulator skills in the pool and on Sunday I'm going to do those exact same skills, but in the ocean!!
The second weekend we're going to get into more "advanced" skills that I'm going to be more than ready for because... the whole time in between both weekends I've been studying in my manual and completing the knowledge reviews (little quizzes) at the end of each chapter! On my second Saturday, I will go over these quizzes in depth with Keline in the store so everything is fresh in my mind when I take my final exam before heading to my second pool session in the afternoon! And then finally my final ocean trip on Sunday where I can complete my course in one final dive and enjoy two extra dives with my instructor, no skills needed, just practice my buoyancy and enjoy flying with the fish!
NONDIVER: $20 off your BOAT TICKET from DIVE CALENDAR at checkout for a non-diver to come aboard and enjoy the day with you!
Q. How does Blue Holic Scuba compare to other stores?
Honestly, we care, we are passionate and we love what we do. We have tried to surround ourselves with like minded individuals be it on the Explorer boat with Captain Bob, PJ and Mikey or with our staff of instructors: Michelle, Keline, Daniel and Son. We are always ready to laugh when we need to and zero in on our mission to make quality divers in this world. We are proud to have created a safe space for people to be themselves and enjoy some safe, quality time in the ocean!
Q. Can I still SCUBA dive even when I cannot swim?
You do not have to know how to swim well in order to SCUBA dive. Of course, knowing how to swim helps.
Normally, there are more people who cannot swim well; not swimming well may mean simply "cannot swim" or "did not get proper lesson."
People who cannot swim are most afraid of drinking water and sinking. However, when a diver wears wetsuits, he or she floats automatically. Also, SCUBA diving is a sport which a diver has to sink with a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA).
The biggest hinderance to start diving is not that you cannot swim well, but it is that you are afraid of water by not swimming well. Please stop worrying, and when you let the instructor know about your issues, he or she will lead safely and comfortably to the water and underwater.
Q. What do I do after purchasing Refresh Diving Course?
Please head to the dive calendar to reserve your spot for the pool. This will let us know when you will be joining!
Q. It has been a while since I had my last dive as a certified SCUBA diver. I am worried if I will be able to dive well again.
Then the refresher course was made for you! Your instructor will brief you about the key skills of scuba and then train you again in our deep pool. This will allow you to get comfortable again before heading to an ocean trip. If you are still worried about the ocean then the Advanced Course may be the best step forward for you as you will be able to dive with your instructor in the ocean, clearing out any kinks and learning some more along the way.
Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is for you. PADI dive shops offer this program either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. You can try scuba close to home or while you’re on vacation at a dive destination. While not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health. Are you ready to try it out? Use the event locator to find and schedule a Discover Scuba Diving experience near you.
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:
Blue Holic Scuba will provide all the basic scuba gear you’ll use including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a tank.
First check out our CALENDAR to make sure our Pool schedule fits yours. Then give us a call at (323) 641-7416 to confirm everything and finally, stop by our shop, Blue Holic Scuba, to enroll in the course and your gear. Your PADI Instructor will schedule a time with you to get started with the course, check your progress and make sure you understand all important scuba diving information.
Q. What do I do after purchasing Discovery Diving?
After you purchase Discovery Diving, the instructor will contact you according to your account via email or phone call. Then, you will schedule for meeting.
You will come to our dive shop on the scheduled day and will go through orientation, instructions, and you will schedule an appointment for your swimming pool session.