Learning to dive in a basic Open-Water class just barely scratches the surface (no pun intended) of what you need to know. We've long said that getting your certification card is like getting a license to learn. And no matter how many dives you've done or how long it's been since you were originally certified, there's always something new to think about. We've tried to narrow things down to what seem to be the five that people are not only most interested in learning, but which can be the most immediately useful:

(except for Mastering Surf Entries & Exits and Navigation)

NEW FOR 2022!!!

Chances are that your "training" for surf entries in your basic class consisted of your instructor yelling "Let's go!!" while waves that you swore were 10-feet tall bore down upon you. Most people are either not very good at surf entries, terrified of them, or both. But the reality is that we've got lots of good shore diving here in SoCal, so it's a useful skill. This class is taught as skin-dive-gear only (so no tanks) and will start with a short lecture on how to "read" a beach and what to watch out for. Then we'll go play in the surf, showing you not only the right things to do but the wrong things to do as well and how to recover from those.

SCHEDULE FOR 2022: March 26, July 9, September 17, and December 3


You knew it had to happen eventually. Although we were one of the last stores in the world the accept the concept of recreational divers using nitrox as a breathing gas, we're the best store to learn how to use it because we've thoroughly investigated all the ins and outs of diving nitrox, and didn't just succumb to the hype. We'll teach you all about PPO2s, proper and improper uses of nitrox, the dangers of oxygen toxicity, how to analyze tanks, and a whole lot more. At the end of the classroom session you'll be qualified to dive nitrox. Course fee covers instruction only. You may need to also purchase a book.

SCHEDULE FOR 2022: February 2, June 22, and November 2


There's a great peace of mind to be had knowing that when you enter the water, you have the ability to return pretty close to the spot where you started. And that's what our Navigation class is all about. We teach it in two parts: Dry and Wet. "Dry" is actually done on land (much easier to see and correct mistakes) and requires no dive gear whatsoever, other than a compass. We will cover the basics of what the compass is telling you, show you how to run a reciprocal (out and back), as well as how to start to get fancy with triangles, squares, etc. And we'll give you some easy tips as how to estimate distances traveled.  If you like, you could just do the "dry" version and get a very good feel for how to use a compass along with natural aids to navigation.

SCHEDULE FOR 2022: February 12, June 2, August 27, and November 5


The question we hear most often after a dive is, "What was that fish?" This class aims to help you discover those answers on your own. We'll start with some basics of fish identification, learning common shapes, behaviors, habitats, and other things that help ID fish. Then we'll follow that up with some practical applications of actually figuring out the IDs of some fish pix. Because people travel so much nowadays, we'll cover California fish, Caribbean fish, and Indo-Pacific fish. But you'll also learn, in addition to some specific names, that there are common characteristics that work in each ecosystem and once you get comfortable with some of the basics, the techniques work anywhere in the world.

SCHEDULE FOR 2022: March 2, July 27, and December 21


With the proliferation of cameras nowadays, from small point-and-shoots to big housed DSLRs to small video/still cameras like the GoPro, it seems like everyone is taking pictures or shooting video. And - as many of you probably already know - it's easy to take crappy shots. But to take ones you're proud of takes a little bit of work and thinking about what you're doing. This 2-3 hour workshop aims to help you in those areas. We'll cover some of the basic things to remember when shooting, go over ways you can "fix" shots with things like Photoshop and Lightroom, and we can even look at things you've already shot and see if we can spot what the problems are. It's very free-form, and very hands on. The goal is for you to walk away with some skills and perspective that you didn't have when you walked in. And whether you're a new shooter or a veteran, we're willing to bet that you can become a better shooter after spending an evening with us.

SCHEDULE FOR 2022: January 5, May 18, and October 5


With more and more diving "education" on-line these days, it seems there's less and less emphasis on some of the science and math behind our sport. This class is designed to simply that for you, make the process easier to understand, and best of all . . . IT'S FREE!!! We'll start with the basic gas laws and physics: Boyle, Dalton, and Henry. Then we'll look at Haldane's research into decompression sickness which will take us into a simplified explanation of how (and why) dive tables work. After we've cleared the mental cobwebs about that, we go into computers, which essentially tell you the same thing as dive tables do, but on a more sophisticated level. And best of all . . . IT'S FREE!!!

SCHEDULE FOR 2022: April 6 and August 4

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