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 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).
The base fee advertised here covers all instructor fees as well as the PADI fee to recieve 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:
The cost varies depending on which gear you pick in our store. We have different price points and 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)
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!
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.
WINTER: $181 off at checkout
WINTER 2: $362 off at checkout
NONDIVER: $20 off at checkout for a non-diver to come aboard and enjoy the day with us
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.
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.