Start Dates: Ongoing
Cost for Active Military:
Additional Fees: Cost of equipment between $2,200 - $2,500
Grading: Each course must be fully completed, including dives to receive certification. No letter grades given.
College Credit: non-credit course
Certifications: PADI or SSI, you can choose the program and the location for your training:
Locations: The Scuba Center at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, or North County Scuba Center in Encinitas, Temecula Scuba Center.
1. Open Water Class
o The Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases: Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving; confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills; open water dives to review your skills and explore!
2. Advanced Open Water
o The Advanced Open water certification includes five different open water dives. Two dives are core: deep and navigation. You choose the other three dives according to your interests. Some examples are: wreck, photography, night diving naturalist, and others.
3. Dry Suit Diver
o Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.
4. Enriched Air Diver Nitrox PADI Course
o Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. You will learn techniques for getting more dive time by using enriched air nitrox, enriched air scuba diving equipment considerations, enriched air considerations, including managing oxygen exposure, how to tell what's in your scuba tank and how to set your dive computer.
5. Wreck Diver
o Most divers find wrecked ships, airplanes and even automobiles nearly irresistible because they're intriguing to explore, exciting avenues of discovery, and usually teeming with aquatic life. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.
6. Emergency First Response CPR + 1st Aid
o Emergency First Response is a PADI affiliate that specializes in teaching these lifesaving skills. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors!
7. Rescue Class
o Expand on what you already know about how to prevent problems, and how to manage them if they occur. Learn techniques for self rescue, rescuing panicky divers and unresponsive divers.
Note: CPR and first aid completion is required to certify.
8. Dive Master Class
o The Divemaster course will also improve your ability to map a dive site, develop a local emergency assistance plan, and we'll work on your demonstration quality dive skills in preparation for you to lead any of the programs that can be conducted by a PADI Divemaster.
9. Emergency First Response Instructor
o Gain experience in how to structure learning, the requirements of performance-based training and your role as the instructor in the learning environment for teaching CPR and first aid.
10. Equipment Specialist Class
o As a PADI Equipment Specialist, you are prepared for the basic scuba equipment maintenance, care and adjustments you'll encounter every day. In addition, you'll learn interesting background information about how your gear works, how it's repair and other information that helps you with your equipment investment.
11. Gas Blender Diver Science and Technology (DSAT)
o The DSAT Gas Blender course will train you as a qualified gas blender, allowing you to provide gas mixes to appropriately certified consumers. You'll learn the physical properties of oxygen, its associated hazards, handling requirements and what cleaning equipment is necessary. Finally, you will learn the methods of obtaining the desired enriched air nitrox mix and the various methods used to obtain proper helium mixes
12. O2 Provider Class PADI
o Be the one ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise. You learn how to Recognize diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen, Properly setup equipment, Administer emergency oxygen
13. On-site Neurological Exams for Scuba divers
o Understand and identify common warning signs of decompression illness. Take a dive history to determine when it is appropriate to conduct a complete On-Site Neurological Assessment. Use an On-Site Neurological Assessment Slate to conduct a complete On-Site Neurological Assessment.
14. Skin Diver
o The course provides basic information on skin diving equipment, dive science, the environment, problem management and safe skin diving practices. In-water training includes various techniques for donning and adjusting equipment, entering the water, checking buoyancy, surface swimming, clearing water from your snorkel and performing effortless surface dives.
TA Funding Available for Active Military!
Interested in becoming a Scuba Instructor?
"I recently completed the Tuition Assistance PADI Divemaster program through Mira Costa Community College at The Scuba Center aboard Camp Pendleton. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am with the program and The Scuba Center. The instructors were extremely professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly made learning fun. I believe this is an excellent opportunity for Marines and Sailors to take advantage of and I am glad the program is in place. I say this because the skills and knowledge you gain in becoming a PADI Divemaster can be used all over the world making it easy for a transitioning service member, like myself, to gain employment in any dive center across the globe. Since successfully completing the program I am now employed through both Oceanside Scuba and Swim and The Scuba Center as a working divemaster and EFR Instructor. I enjoy what I do so much, that I signed up for two more DAN instructor level courses and am beginning the Instructor Development Course through The Scuba Center and hopefully by the end of April I will be a certified Open Water Scuba Instructor. In closing I would like to thank you, as the representative of Mira Costa Community College, for the hard work that you and The Scuba Center put in to make this program a reality."
Bryan S Parker
As a Dive professional it is expected that you have your own dive equipment. If you don't already own your own equipment, you will need to purchase your own scuba gear ($ 2,200-$3,500). There may also be additional dive costs to complete the full course.
TA funded for Active Duty Navy Personnel