Learn to dive in Chico, California
If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons and learn to scuba dive, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving (completed online)
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.
We offer three styles of class:
- Group class – fixed monthly dates and times (see dates below). $495 per person
- Semi-private class – you pick the dates and times. $695 per person, minimum of two
- Private – you pick the dates and times. $895, one on one
Heres what to expect from the Open Water course here at Scuba Hut:
Initially you will need to sign up and complete the PADI eLearning by clicking here.
Upon completion of the eLearning we will get together at Scuba Hut to briefly review the knowledge you learnt and cover any areas you don’t fully understand. We will also elaborate topics to the ‘local’ environment. During this short session we will also try on wetsuits, BCDs, and other equipment in preparation for your first pool session.
Due to the personal nature and small classes we find that 2 three hour pool sessions tend to be sufficient for you to achieve mastery in the basic skills for a scuba diver. Not to worry, if we need to conduct a third session or if your schedule doesn’t allow for three hour session then we can schedule accordingly.
Once all skills have been mastered in the pool we move on to the ‘open water’ certification dives (there are four that are spread out over two mornings). These dives are conducted at a local lake.
Tanks, weights, BCD, regulator, and 7mm wetsuit are included in the course cost. You will need to provide your own set of personal dive gear:
These items can be purchased through us here at Scuba Hut. As part of the course we will give you a 10% discount on the equipment you do purchase.
If you want to become scuba certified but don’t really want to dive the cooler waters here in California then ask about our referral program. We can complete your theory and pool dives here and then finish the open water dives in another location. This also allows you to free up vacation time.
The practical portions of our training and classes are currently on hold until the shelter-in-place order is lifted.
We recommend you enroll in and complete the online academics. Once completed you may contact us to book and pay for the practical components. Although dates are uncertain at the moment you will be added to our waiting list. We will be training customers on a first come first served basis.