About Chico Scuba Hut

Operating entirely around you and your schedule is what makes Scuba Hut’s programs and training unique.  Scuba Hut conducts PADI sanctioned courses, which are designed on the principle that people learn best when they learn at their own pace, on their own terms, and in a comfortable setting of their choice.

A wide array of programs are offered both in and out of the water. In the water, classes are available for every level of SCUBA diving upto and including Instructor, from simply jumping in the water for a few breaths, thru technical instructor. Continuing education courses open you to new sets of skills, environments, and situations underwater that increase the variety and quality of your diving.

Out of the water, PADI’s Project A.W.A.R.E. environmental education courses are conducted. These courses include information about underwater life and ecosystems, and human impact on such ecosystems. At Scuba Hut we are always changing our curriculum to make it as interactive and student-based as possible, and we love input from students of all ages. In every aspect of our courses, tours, and business, we have the environment in mind as a priority.

Other out-of-water courses include Emergency First Response, which prepares ordinary citizens with no medical background to be able to effectively respond to life- and non-life-threatening situations.

We recognize the significance of SCUBA diving being an extreme sport that has minimal impact and difficulty for the physically handicapped, whether that is deafness, paralysis, or loss of limbs. SCUBA can be a low-impact, low-exertion sport that is accommodating to those with even severe handicaps. It has been found to be quite the liberating sport for those who felt that physical activity was no longer possible.

To us, SCUBA diving is a way to foster appreciation for a very large underwater world that makes one want to call Earth “Ocean” instead. It is a humbling experience to swim through such an expansive environment, and understand just how large the world is, and how truly small we are.

We also find it important that such an experience be as passive and non-interactive as possible, as we are not meant to physically interact with a world with which we do not even share natural surroundings. This includes being neutral in our buoyancy, to keep from bumping into such a world, and also not interfering with its natural balance, either.

We are observers and students of a foreign world, and nothing more, when we dive recreationally and professionally. This is kept in mind along every step of our programs and courses, both in and out of the water, and we ask our students, and all divers, really, to do the same.

Meet The Team

Eric Simmons

Eric Simmons

Office Manager & PADI Divemaster In Training

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Richard Astley

Richard Astley

Owner & PADI Course Director

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Debbie Astley

Debbie Astley

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

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years diving

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Nick Balfour

Nick Balfour

PADI Instructor

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Steve Eady

Steve Eady

PADI Instructor

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2540 Esplanade Suite 14 Chico CA 95973
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Our hours are extremely varied during the summer.
Please call or email us to set up an appoint or to make sure we are here.

Saturday 12pm to 5pm

All other times by appointment
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