Beginners Scuba

Open Water Certification

Open Water Certification

This course allows you to enter the underwater world as a certified diver at 15 years old and above. Are you under 15 years old?  Tune into our Junior Open Water Course!

You will find the training to be fun and easy. There are a couple of flexible lesson options for your open water certification program. These options include when you take your class, pool and ocean dives to how you actually accomplish each of these activities.
  • One option is that your class can begin right away with our new self-paced, on-line virtual classroom called eLearning. You can begin your home study online, then get crew pack materials provided from us and used as a part of our store classes.   If you prefer, we can arrange to send your crew pack to you.    
  • Next comes a beautiful weekend in Malibu, with time divided between the classroom at Malibu Divers and diving in a heated, Olympic sized swimming pool learning the safe use of scuba gear and the core foundational skills and lessons of scuba diving.  If you have a heated pool, you can also arrange with us for private lessons, contact us.
  •  A second weekend is spent diving in the ocean at one of 3 locations, either at: 

Scenic Catalina Island - one of the top ten dive destinations in the world!

  1. Deluxe Catalina weekend includes ferry to and from the island, overnight hotel, shuttle, and one day diving at the underwater marine park (Casino Point) in Avalon, and the second day diving aboard a 65' dive boat sailing out of Avalon and visiting other parts of Catalina island.  Only Malibu Divers takes you diving like you're on vacation  or,
  2. Standard Catalina weekend is another option to save a little money which includes all of the preceding except the second day is diving at Casino Point and includes the opportunity to see even more of the underwater marine park.

Local Malibu Beach & Boat:

If you’re a local surf, sand and beach person who already spends time surfing, paddle boarding, free diving or snorkeling off our coast. You’re ready to add scuba diving to your repertoire with this program. It is a way to experience our local Malibu beach diving and also, includes one boat dive to one of the Channel Island like Anacapa Island from Ventura Harbor or from the Long Beach-Huntington Beach area to Catalina Island or off shore boat dive from the mainland.  This ocean diving option is less expensive because no overnight accommodations are needed, but is not for everyone!  It involves being comfortable with beach surf entries and exits and carrying scuba gear a distance on sand. 

Emerald Bay, Catalina Island

The Camp & Dive Catalina weekend includes ferry to and from the island, overnight accommodations (cabin or tent), your meals and diving at Doctor's Cove both days. You want an extra adventure and enjoy the camping atmosphere, then combined it with scuba diving, this option is the way to go for you.

Your choices for your Open Water dive weekend's are entirely up to you! Classes do not have to be consecutive weekends; check the Calendar. And it doesn't end there, we offer additional lesson options to extend your dive experience while you are there!! 
  • On your second day of diving, you can upgrade your weekend with a choice of the following specialties:
 Dry Suit Diver  Peak Performance Buoyancy  U/W Digital / Video Photo
 Enriched Air / Nitrox Diving
 Adventure / Advanced Open Water Shark Awareness Diver 

All you need to do is let us know which lesson options you would like to enroll in at least one week prior to the course start date (to allow time for your home study).  If you're not sure about the options or need more information, call or visit us, and we'll sort through how best to meet your schedule and needs. 

If you're ready to roll, you can join one of our already scheduled Open Water Class & Pool weekends (or request a private program based on your schedule) and then choose Catalina Weekend - Deluxe or Standard (Avalon) or Beach & Boat or Camp & Dive Weekend; check our Calendar and contact us for any questions.

You can sign-up on-line through eLearning or call, email or visit us at our store for any other information you need.