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Recreational Classes

Aquarius Dive Shop offers the full range of PADI dive instruction, including most of the PADI specialty courses. Additionally, we can offer any of the DAN (Divers’ Alert Network) courses.

Open Water Diver

This is the beginning level, learn-to-dive, certification class. If you want to begin exploring that 70% of the Earth’s surface which lies under the oceans, this is where to begin!

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PADI Open Water Diver

Did you know that 70% of the world is underwater? Come discover this world with Aquarius Dive Shop’s Open Water SCUBA Certification program! This course will give you basic knowledge in SCUBA diving and upon successful completion, provide you with a diving certification card. We are a PADI 5-Star center, which is recognized worldwide as the premier dive certification agency. The excellence in training standards along with the experience and professionalism of Aquarius dive instructors and staff have created this top quality diving program.  The classes are small, 8 students or less, ensuring that each student gets the attention and time needed to practice and learn all of the required skills.

We normally offer one Open Water class each month.

Upon successful completion you will be fully trained to plan and execute your own dives in conditions similar to those in which you were trained.

 

Cost: $294 (Includes book and PADI Pic card)

 

Each students must provide their own Snorkeling gear which consist of mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves. These items can be purchased at Aquarius Dive Shop. We have one of the largest selections of professional quality scuba gear at prices that will fit any Lifestyle and students receive a special discount for buying item from Aquarius Dive Shop.

Medical Questions or Concerns?  All students must complete a PADI Medical Release form (included in the Student Crew Pak). If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking certain medications, you may download this form and consult with your doctor prior to class.

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Can’t Attend The Week Night Classroom Sessions?  Prefer to learn on-line?

We hear from lots of people who want to take the Open Water course, but they absolutely cannot make the mid-week classroom sessions.  Or, they just prefer to learn at their own pace on-line.  PADI “eLearning” provides an online instruction course that you can take in the comfort and privacy of your own home and at whatever hours of the day suit you.  With this course, you will cover all of the required academic material at your own pace and take all of the quizzes and the final exam on-line.  If you affiliate with Aquarius Dive Shop when you register with PADI, then you will be able to interact with our instructors on-line as you proceed through the course.  We will answer any questions you may have during the on-line course and will be prepared to assist you in any way necessary.  PADI currently charges $146 for the e-Learning course and our fees are $385 which include your own eLearning Crew-Pak, Certification Card, Student Planning Slate, Surface Signal Marker and Student Scuba Rental Gear.

Sound interesting?  Click on the image below to go to the PADI eLearning registration page:

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Private Open Water Classes

If our regularly scheduled classes are not convenient for you, we can arrange private Open Water classes.  This is a more expensive option than joining a class, and the per person rate will vary depending on the number of people involved. However, we will work with you to create a schedule (either weekdays or weekends) that will meet your specific needs.

PADI eLearning is the recommended way for people needing private lessons to complete the knowledge portion of the Open Water class.

Advanced Open Water Diver (AOW)

The Advanced Open Water program is the next step of training beyond the Open Water course an is open to anyone who is a certified diver. This is a great way to improve your skills and meet local divers.  You will participate in 5 Adventure Dives over the course of one weekend.  The AOW course will help you advance your diving skills and introduce you to new types of diving which you may have been eager to try with some guidance from an instructor.

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PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW)

The PADI Advanced Open Water course is a fun experience which has been designed to accomplish several goals:

  • To help divers of varying experience levels to advance their diving skills.
  • To provide a guided introduction to new types of diving activities.
  • To give divers a chance to have fun and enjoy diving via structured, group activities.

There are no written exams here, just some reading and writing assignments followed by 5 adventure dives. These dives consist of a Deep Dive, an Underwater Navigation Dive, and 3 elective Adventure Dives.

Our most popular elective dives are:

  • Boat
  • Dry Suit
  • Night
  • Multi-Level/Computer
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Search & Recovery
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Photographer

(Please note:  It is not possible to do Drift during our AOW course.)

Gain a higher level of confidence and competence in the water. Improve your skills and become an Advanced Open Water Diver!

Forms

Please fill out PADI Continuing Education Admin Doc , most importantly the Medical Statement portion. Please write yes or no on each medical questions. If you have any yes’  you will need to print the PADI Medical Statement and take it to your doctor get cleared before you can participate in any in water activities. If you have any questions please let us know.

Cost

Cost of the course is $250 and this includes a copy of the PADI Adventures in Diving manual and certification card.  If you need equipment for your dives, it is available through our rental department at a discounted price for the course: which is 2 days for the price of one, plus air fills.

Schedule

The Ocean Dives will take place over a weekend, generally with 3 dives on Saturday and 2 dives on Sunday.  The dives on Saturday will be shore dives.

 

PADI eLearning Option: 

PADI offers an AOW eLearning option.

Instead of buying the manual and doing the knowledge reviews by hand, you can take the PADI AOW online course by going here:

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If you choose the PADI eLearning option, we recommend you read the material for the following 7 dives:  Boat, Deep, Night, Peak Performance Bouyancy, Search and Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigator.  Cost of PADI eLearning for Advanced Open Water is $146


Alternative Schedule:  Don’t have time to do 5 dives or spend the whole weekend in an AOW class? 

  • Join us for Saturday only.
  • You can complete 2 or 3 “Adventure Dives” on one weekend and then finish your AOW course in the future.
  • Each dive will cost $75 (plus rental gear if needed).

If this idea appeals to you, please call us to discuss this option.

Emergency First Response (EFR)

Are you prepared to respond to an out-of-water emergency involving sudden cardiac arrest, stroke, shock, or severe injury? This course offers you training in the latest CPR techniques and then proceeds to prepare you for providing life-saving first aid. Divers and non-divers alike will benefit from this course. There are no prerequisites.

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Emergency First Response (EFR)

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This Emergency First Response (EFR) course is a comprehensive CPR and First Aid Program consisting of Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid), and Care for Children.

This course teaches you skills and information from internationally recognized medical guidelines for emergency care (ILCOR & Guidelines 2000).  EFR covers the same patient care guidelines used by medical professionals but teaches at a level appropriate for non-medical lay rescuers.
This EFR course meets OSHA guidelines 29 CFR 1910.151, as well as the US Coast Guard First Aid / CPR standards for merchant marine licensing.  This course also meets the stringent California OSHA requirements for First Aid and CPR.

Learning takes place in a non-stressful environment, using the latest patient care techniques and equipment such as Oxygen Administration and Automated External Defibrillators (AED).

EFR certification is valid for 2 years (and should be renewed after 2 years time).

The EFR course is typically taught over two evenings during the same week and all training equipment and certification materials are provided.

Cost

The cost of the EFR course is $125, which includes use of all materials needed and the cost of registering your course completion with PADI.

Schedule

The next EFR Class will be held on:

If you have 2 or more people that need this class, we can schedule this class “on demand” so please request this class if needed. 

Call Aquarius Dive Shop:  831-375-1933 to request or reserve your spot in this class.

If a scheduled class is not convenient for you and you want to take the Emergency First Response course, please come talk with us in the shop.  Usually we can find a way to plan classes to meet the needs of the students who want to take them. We have several instructors that are available on an as needed basis and can usually accommodate your training needs.

Rescue Diver

Once you have mastered the basics of diving and begin to experience concern for the welfare of the other divers around you, this course is for you. The course begins with self-rescue techniques and then progresses to steps you can take to respond to an in-water emergency. Using role playing techniques, students organize and execute rescue efforts for diver emergencies.

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PADI Rescue Diver

Do you know what to do in emergency situations? Do you know how to prevent the most common dive emergencies? The PADI Rescue Diver Course will prepare you with hands on experience in preventing and managing diver emergencies, as well as developing in-water rescue and resuscitation techniques.

The PADI Rescue Diver course is a pivotal step in expanding a diver’s knowledge and experience. Rescue Diverslearn to look beyond themselves to consider the safety and well-being of other divers. This is why the PADI Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all PADI leadership-level training (PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, and Open Water Scuba Instructor), as well as the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Rescue Diver training expands the basic problem prevention and accident management skills student divers learn beginning with the PADI Open Water Diver course. By its nature, the course is demanding, though realistic in its conduct, content and approach. The PADI Rescue Diver course philosophy focuses on the concept that there is rarely only one way to accomplish a task. There is no single “right” way to perform a rescue, but rather there are many variables and resources that rescuers consider and draw upon, depending upon the scenario. The course takes a flexible, conceptual approach to rescue–a rescuer’s relative size and strength, for example, as well as environmental factors, may dictate or influence what rescue technique will be most effective.

If you are serious about diving, this class is a must. As a Rescue Diver, others will look to you in case a problem arises. The course is therefore challenging both mentally and physically. You will derive a sense of empowerment that you did not have as an Advanced Open Water diver. So, be the best buddy you can be!

Prerequisites

1) PADI Advanced Open Water SCUBA (AOW) certification.  If you have certification from an agency other than PADI, then you must be certified at a level above open water and additionally have proof of 20 logged dives.

2) A current PADI Emergency First Response certification (or CPR and First Aid from a recognized agency such as Red Cross).

Cost

The cost of the course is $175 plus you must sign up for PADI E-Learning ($169).

Call Aquarius Dive Shop at 831-375-1933 to reserve your spot in our next PADI Rescue Diver class.

Schedule

The Rescue Diver course is typically completed in one week and the schedule is as follows:

  • The Knowledge Development sessions can be completed in 1 of 3 ways:
    • (Option 1) we meet on 2 weekend nights from 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    • (Option 2) we meet for a one day session from 9am to 5:30 p.m or
    • (Option 3) students complete the PADI e-Learning
  • The Confined Water/Pool Rescue Training Session takes about 5 hours and will be held on Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m.
  • The Open Water/Ocean Rescue Scenarios will be conducted on a Sunday.  The site we will use will depend on conditions on the day of the dives.  We start at 8 a.m. and usually finish between 2 and 3 p.m.

Please let us know if at you are interested in taking the Rescue Diver course and which classroom option you prefer, space is limited.

E-Learning is an option for those who can’t join us for the classroom sessions.  PADI  offers the knowledge portion of the Rescue Class online.  PADI currently charges $142 for the eLearning portion of the Rescue Course.  If you choose the eLearning option, our course tuition. drops to $200.  Sound interesting?  Click on the image below to go to the PADI eLearning registration page:

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PADI Specialty Courses

PADI Specialty Courses are a great way to increase your skills and confidence while mastering a new aspect of diving. Become certified in 5 specialty areas, and you are on the way to a Master Scuba Diver Certification, the “Black Belt” of recreational diving.

We typically teach specialty courses on a one-on-one, or small group, basis and so we work with you to schedule them according to your preferences.   We can teach these courses during the week or on weekends.  Stop by the shop and talk with us about your interests and time constraints. The probability is that we can work something out which will please you!

Specialty Courses
Choose from the following specialties: # of Dives
Project AWARE non-diving
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation non-diving
Peak Performance Buoyancy 2
Altitude 2
Boat 2
Deep 4
Diver Propulsion Vehicle 2
Drift 2
Drysuit Diver 2
Enriched Air (Nitrox) non-diving
Equipment Specialist non-diving
Fish ID 2
Multilevel/Computer 2
Night 2
Search & Recovery 4
Underwater Naturalist 2
Underwater Navigator 3
Underwater Photographer 2
Self Reliant Diver 4

Cost

Specialty courses are priced based on the number of dives required to complete the course and the price includes the certification fee and card.

The cost for each dive is $85.  So a 2-dive specialty is priced at $170, 3-dive specialty is $255 and a 4-dive specialty is $340.

Non-diving specialty courses cost $125 each.

You must also purchase any required course materials.  Our standard rental fees apply if you need equipment during the course.   Boat fees, if boat diving is needed or requested, are not included in the course price.

If you have a group of 2 or more, we will provide a group discount.

Interested? Call us at (831) 375-1933 to find out more about these specialty courses.

 

MASTER SCUBA DIVER

The PADI Master Scuba Diver is the highest non-professional rating for scuba divers.

Join the elite ranks of PADI Scuba Divers by completing the PADI Advanced Open Water course, Rescue Diver course, 5 Specialty courses and showing proof of at least 50 logged dives.   We can put together all the courses you need to achieve the Master Scuba Diver certification and have a great time doing it!

 

SELF RELIANT DIVER

If you wish to take your skills to another level PADI also offers a Self Reliant Diver course.

  • Do you find yourself diving without a partner either by choice or necessity
  • Have you logged 100 dives?
  • Are you an Advanced Open Water Certified Diver?

Obtain the equipment, knowledge, skills, and experience to minimize your risk and maximize your enjoyment!

PADI Drysuit Diver

PADI Drysuit Diver



Why dive dry?    A good quality, well-fitting wetsuit which is relatively new will keep you moderately comfortable during your dive…provided you don’t go deep and the water is not too cold.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of “if’s” in that statement!  And it is precisely because of those conditionals that most of us who dive regularly in California waters dive in drysuits rather than in wetsuits.  Consider the following:

  • A neoprene wetsuit compresses with depth, and as it compresses it looses its thermal insulating ability.  If you double the pressure on a wetsuit, the thickness is reduced by over 20%!  Thus at 99 fsw, a wetsuit only has 63% of the thermal protection it had at the surface.  In contrast, a drysuit provides the same amount of thermal protection at any depth.  You will be just as warm at 100′ as you are at the surface.
  • Neoprene loses its thickness, and thus its insulating ability, over time.  Repeated cycles of compression and decompression cause a degradation of the cell structure in the neoprene.  It is these minute air cells which give the neoprene its insulating ability.  For this reason, many people consider the useful life of a wetsuit to be no more than 200 dives.  There is no corresponding deterioration of a drysuit’s insulating ability with repeated use.
  • When diving wet, it is vital that you remove the wetsuit between dives and put on warm clothing.  If you don’t, your body’s heat regulation mechanism has to work overtime in order to maintain core temperature while you’re standing around on a cold, windy day in a wet wetsuit.  Then when you go out for a repetitive dive, you run the risk of hypothermia.  And if you do take the wetsuit off between dives, as you should, then you must eventually face the task of putting that cold, wet wetsuit back on again before you get ready to dive again.  None of this is an issue with a dry suit!
  • With a wetsuit, you get thermal protection equal to the thickness, the fit, and the quality of the wetsuit.  You cannot vary that degree of thermal protection.  In a drysuit, you can change the undergarment you wear under it and add layers as necessary to provide whatever thermal protection you require.  Ice diving can be just as comfortable as Catalina diving!  You just add more layers.

Why do I need to take a course in order to use a drysuit?  Using a drysuit requires special knowledge and special techniques which are not something you learn when diving with a wetsuit.  If you are not properly trained in drysuit diving, there is a very real possibility of an uncontrolled, rapid ascent…and thus the risk of DCS or even AGE.  The course is not a difficult one, and in fact it can be completed in one [very long] day or over two days. Without that training, though, you should not attempt drysuit diving.  Most reputable dive stores will not rent you a drysuit unless you can show proof of that training.

Can I rent a drysuit?  Some dive shops do rent drysuits, though they will require proof of training and/or experience before they will rent one.  At Aquarius Dive Shop, we have no plans to offer rental drysuits for general use.  However, we have a small number of dry sutis and undergarments in stock which are available for  rental ($75/day) while accompanied by one of our instructors or divemasters.  We want to give you the opportunity to try one before buying and to learn to use a drysuit properly.  We can be extremely flexible in the arrangements we can make if you are seriously interested in a drysuit purchase.  Come talk to us and let us show you what we can do!

What is involved in the Drysuit Diver Specialty Course?  There are three parts to the course:  knowledge development, confined water training, and open water training.  There is a training manual which you will need to purchase and study before meeting with your instructor for a class session.  The class session will last approximately 3 hours, and during the session your instructor will answer your questions and ensure you have a thorough understanding of the material covered in the manual.  During the confined water session, you will practice basic drysuit diving skills with your instructor.  Besides mastering issues of buoyancy control and trim, you will practice emergency recovery procedures you will need to know if you ever experience a problem while diving.  Finally, we will go out for two open water dives.  Though these are intended as simply fun dives, you will demonstrate basic drysuit diving skills during them and will have a chance to practice drysuit diving techniques with your instructor.

Cost: $249 ($175 if two or more register)

Tuition for the Drysuit Diver Specialty course is $125 if you are part of a group of two or more, or we can offer a private course for $225  In addition, you will need to purchase the PADI Dry Suit manual or Crew Pak (available in the shop).

If you need to rent a dry suit for the course, if we have your size available, we can provide a drysuit, a drysuit undergarment and a dry suit hood and boots for for use during the course.  ($75 for the first day, $37.50 for the second day if consecutive.)

If you purchase a dry suit from us within 90 days of your class, we will provide you with a credit of your course tuition (up to $125) which you can use to lower the cost of your dry suit purchase.

Schedule

When we try to schedule these classes in advance, we find that it rarely meets any one’s needs.  So, we will arrange a class to fit your schedule.  So come on in, or give us a call, and tell us what you want to do and when you want to do it, and we’ll set it up for you.

Drysuit specialty courses are scheduled upon request

It typically takes 1 and 1/2 days to complete the course.

First Day:

  • Go over the Dry Suit knowledge Reviews and watch the PADI Dry Suit Diver DVD (if you have not already done so)
  • Get fitted and rent one of our dry suits, or have your own dry suit ready to go
  • Ensure that your additional dive gear is in good, working condition and ready for use with the dry suit.  We help you check it if you are uncertain.  Or rent additional gear from us.
  • Pool or confined water Dry Suit session

Second Day:

  • Two open water dives in the Dry Suit

 

If you want to try to complete the Dry Suit course in just 1 day, here’s how to do it:

In advance:

  • Watch the DVD included in the PADI Dry Suit Diving crew pack
  • Read the PADI Dry Suit Diving course manual and complete all the knowledge reviews
  • Come in to the dive shop to rent and get fitted in one of our dry suits, or have your own dry suit ready to go
  • Ensure that your additional dive gear is in good, working condition (we help you check it if you are uncertain), or have rental gear already checked out

3 Dry Suit sessions in 1 day:

  • Pool or confined water session early in the morning
  • Two open water dives in the afternoon

 

Our goal is to get more people diving and then to keep them diving!  We believe that learning to drive dry and obtaining proper equipment is absolutely key to enjoying the splendor of California diving.

PADI Enriched Air Nitrox

PADI Enriched Air Diver

 

What is enriched air nitrox?
The normal air we breathe is 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen, and 1% other trace gasses. In contrast, enriched air nitrox is air which has an oxygen content greater than 21%…which means the nitrogen content is less than that found in air.

Why dive with enriched air nitrox?
A diver breathing Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN) accumulates nitrogen in body tissues more slowly than if he were breathing ordinary air. That means the diver he has more time at depth before reaching the no decompression limit.  Simply put, you get more bottom time by using nitrox than by using ordinary air.  Exactly how much more bottom depends on a variety of factors, of course. But a general rule of thumb is that you get about 50% more bottom time on the first dive of the day and up to 100% more bottom time on repetitive dives–particularly when there are relatively short surface intervals involved.

When you spend the money to travel to a dive resort and do multiple dives a day off a boat–which usually means short surface intervals–the extra cost to use nitrox and get double the bottom time will seem insignificant indeed! But be warned: dive operators you will not allow you to obtain nitrox unless you can show them an EAN Certification card.

What are the risks?
There are several considerations for using enriched air nitrox which are not of concern when using ordinary air. For this reason, no reputable dive operator will supply enriched air nitrox to a diver who has not had training in those special considerations. The purpose of the PADI Enriched Air Diver specialty course is to train you in the proper handling and use of enriched air nitrox so that you can dive safely using enriched air.

Cost of the course is $150 includes Pic fee, plus Nitrox Manual and DVD rental ($75)

Schedule

The course begins with self-study of the Enriched Air Diver manual.  After you have read the manual and completed the knowledge reviews, you will meet with the instructor for 4 to 5 hours to complete the course.  There are 2 scheduling options for this course:

  1. Meet for 2 evening sessions from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
  2. Meet for 1 day, either weekday or weekend, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Upon successful completion of the final exam, you will receive a certification card from PADI which will enable you to obtain enriched air nitrox.  (There are no dives required to complete this course.)

Next class:  ANY TIME YOU WANT!

We schedule this course at your convenience, since there are no longer any open water dives required.  Please contact us and let us know what works for you and we will find a way to meet your schedule.  And whatever you do…don’t take off for a dive vacation at a resort or on a live-aboard boat without a Nitrox certification in your pocket!

PADI eLearning Option – do it from home!

PADI now offers the eLearning option for Nitrox Course which takes care of all your in classroom requirements, all you will have to do is take final quick Review.  For eLearners, that choose Aquarius Dive Shop when they register for the PADI eLearning, we charge only $45 to show you how to analyze nitrox tanks, order your certification card, and complete your certification. If you did not register with Aquarius Dive Shop for the eLearning the fee to finish your Enriched Air Diver Course is $99.  Click here to sign up today!

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After Certification…

We bank 32% nitrox at Aquarius Dive Shop and can provide nitrox fills almost as quickly as we can provide air fills. Nitrox cylinders are available for rent in the same way we offer air cylinders for rent. The extra cost for nitrox is negligible, and it allows you to spend more time doing what brought you into diving in the first place: spend more time on the bottom!

We can also provide custom nitrox fills, between 32% and 50%.  However, this type of fill takes longer and is slightly more expensive than a 32% fill from our banks.

PADI Equipment Specalist

PADI Equipment Specialist

Want to know about how your dive gear works? Then the PADI Equipment Specialist course is for you. This course familiarizes you with the operation and maintenance of your dive equipment. The more you know about how your gear works, the more comfortable you are with it, the more performance you get from it and the better you can care for it.

  • Must be a PADI Scuba Diver or Junior Scuba Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Reviews the theory, principles and operation of dive equipment
  • Routine, recommended care and maintenance procedures, and equipment storage
  • Common problems with equipment and recommended professional maintenance procedures (may include a demonstration of repair procedures)
  • Simple suggestions for comfortable equipment configurations and an introduction to new gear (may include optional confined water dive to try new or unfamiliar equipment)
  • No dives are required, so you can take the Equipment Specialist course any time of the year
  • The PADI Equipment Specialist Course is not an equipment repair course, but it provides the foundation you’ll want if you’re interested in learning equipment repair
  • Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

This Class is scheduled on demand and takes 4-6 hours to complete.  Call us to schedule a date and time.  

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