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OPEN WATER DIVER-BEGIN HERE The World's Most Popular Scuba Diving Course

The PADI Open Water Diver course

So you've always wanted to learn how to scuba dive. Discover new adventures or simply see the wonderous world beneath the waves! This is where it starts. The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world's most popular scuba diving course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle. Sign up below!

Smaller Classes mean Better Learning Experience

Our goal is to keep classes small. The benefit is more personalized attention for each student and a better learning experience for everyone! You won't see 20 student divers in our class or pool, at any given time. 


Course Includes the following:
$395: course materials, classroom training, pool training, ocean dive training, PADI processing fees, and certification card.
$145: Day boat trip for diving at Catalina Island.

Online Learning option: add $30.00. Sign up at the shop to receive sign-in code.
Private Lessons available. Please call for details.

For ages 10-11, only Private/Semi-Private instruction available. Additional fees may apply. Please call for details and scheduling.

All classes subject to availability and schedule changes.

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The Divers West Open Water Diver course consists of an Orientation Night and the following three main phases:
  • Knowledge Development- 2 classroom sessions to learn the theory
  • Confined Water Dives- 2 pool sessions to learn and practice your diving skills
  • Open Water Dives- 2 ocean days to complete your 4 open water dives. Here is where you apply what you've learned in the pool and have some fun!
We offer two class schedules each month, a week night schedule, and a weekend schedule.

Week night classes are on Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:30-11:30pm, for 4 evenings.

Weekend classes are all day Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm. During 1 weekend, class lessons are in the morning and pool sessions are in the afternoon on both days.

The ocean dives always take place on a Saturday and Sunday. Typically, Saturday is a beach dive from 7am to 12pm, and Sunday is an all day boat trip to Catalina Island boarding at 6am and returning to the harbor at 5:00pm. Depending on the time of year and availability, we may take the ferry to Casino Point Marine Park on Catalina Island or dive from an actual dive boat.

After you sign up, please stop by the shop to pick up your course materials.

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To enroll in the Divers West Open Water Diver course or Junior Open Water Diver course, you must be:
  • 12 years or older 
  • Must be in generally good health

    (For ages 10 and 11, only private or semi-private instruction available. Additional fees apply. Dates subject to availability. Please call for more information.)

The Scuba Gear

When you take our Open Water Diver course, your scuba gear is included with the course. This will incude tanks, weights, BCD, wetsuit, and regulators with computer. You must provide your own personal items which include Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Gloves, and Booties. If you don't have all or some of these personal items, don't worry! Divers West offers a student discount on dive gear. During your class orientation, we will discuss the type of gear that is suitable for scuba diving. 

The Learning Materials You Need

Once signed up for the course you will receive your PADI Open Water Crew Pack at our dive shop. It will include all the reading materials you'll need for the course. There will be some paperwork, reading assignments and exercises you will need to complete prior to your first class session. Additionally, you will be required to watch the PADI Open Water DVD, available for purchase or rent at the store.


Do you prefer to study online at your leisure? Maybe the existing classroom schedule doesn't work for you? You can replace the classroom portion by studying, taking your quizes, and your final exam online. Check out the 'PADI eLearning' button on this page or sign up here. Once you complete the online lessons, stop by the store to sign up and pay for the reamaining pool and ocean sessions. Please remember, the eLearning only replaces the class room portion of your training. Also remember, once you have activated the eLearning, you have one year to complete the entire scuba course.

Private/Semi Private Lessons

Would you prefer more personalized attention? Would you like to learn at your own pace rather than that of a classroom environment? Would you like to train in your own pool? We offer private and semi private instruction for those that would like a more customized schedule or more personalized training. Please call (626) 529-5220 or stop by the store for more details. Additional fees will apply. Dates are subject to availability.