Group Classes

PADI Group OpenWater Course Details

 

The fun and adventure in diving starts as soon as you begin your OpenWater SCUBA Class at PACIFIC WILDERNESS.  The PADI OpenWater Diver Course is the most popular SCUBA course in the world and we teach it here at PACIFIC WILDERNESS!

Your PADI OpenWater Diver Course is divided into three segments:

  • Lecture – Class Session (s) (Approximately 6-8 Hours Covering Five Chapters)
  • Confined Water  – Pool Session (s) (Approximately 6-8 Hours)
  • Open Water – Open Water Ocean Dives (4 Dives over a Two Day Period)

Each segment is designed to ensure that you learn the skills needed to enjoy diving to the fullest. Listed below are our PADI Open Water Program Options conveniently offered on a year-round basis; this course is your key to an unforgettable underwater adventure you’ll treasure for a lifetime!

ENTRY LEVEL CLASS REQUIREMENTS
PREREQUISITE REQUIRED GEAR
 Only the Desire to have Fun and to Learn to Dive!(Minimum age 12 to Register)FOR COMPLETION

  • Attend All Class Sessions and Complete Assignments.
  • Attend All Pool Sessions and Demonstrate Water Skills.
  • Demonstrate Water Skills in Ocean.
  • Fulfill Written Exam.
The Following Equipment is Required for your OpenWater Class:

  • Silicone Dive Mask (Properly fitted)
  • Snorkel
  • Dive Fin with Heel Strap (Properly fitted to your Boots)
  • Neoprene Boots (5mm thickness or more)
  • Neoprene Gloves (2mm thickness or more)

Note, this Equipment is Required “Basic” Gear at ALL Dive Shops and is not included in the Class.  However, if you Purchase this Gear at Pacific Wilderness prior to the start of your class, you get an Instant $50 Rebate on your Course and a 30 Day Low Price Guarantee on ALL Items purchased!

We offer this incentive because we know – When we fit you, it’s done properly and we’ll avoid problems during class…

TRAINING OPTIONS

 GROUP – BEACH / BOAT – WEEKEND CLASS
BEACH & BOAT DIVESThis is our most Popular program and also your Best Value. The beach and boat dives program incorporates 30 hours of Instruction with two Local Beach dives and two final Certification dives off Catalina Island (On a Dive Boat, not the “Express”). Your tuition even includes the Catalina Boat dives to make your learning experience more fun and exciting!We recommend this Course to most Students for Several Reasons:

  • It’s the Best Value
  • It gives you both Beach & Boat Diving Experience.
  • You don’t want to miss out on Diving Catalina Island – it really is Fantastic!
  • This Course has the Most Varied Schedule Available.
To View Class Schedules Click HERE for Schedules & Information

Also…Don’t Forget – Buy your “Basic” Equipment from Pacific Wilderness (Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Boots & Gloves) and we’ll give you an INSTANT $50 REBATE on your Class!

Classes Limited to Eight People

 

NO HIDDEN FEES!  Ask about your $50 INSTANT REBATE on this Class!

Your Course Fee Includes:

  • Tuition Fee
  • All Necessary Books, Log Book, Dive Table & Forms.
  • All Rental Gear Including; Wetsuit, Hood, Weight Belt, Weights, B.C., Regulator System & Tanks.
  • PADI Open Water Certification Card.
  • (4) Open Water Dives
  • Catalina Island Boat Dives
  • FREE 1 Year Membership in Pacific Wilderness Dive Club ($30 Value)
GROUP – ALL BEACH DIVING WEEKEND CLASS
ALL BEACH DIVES – SATURDAY / SUNDAY CLASSThis is our Accelerated program for those of you limited on time. The beach dives program incorporates about 24 hours of Instruction in Class, Pool and Beach Diving Sessions only. Once you Complete all Class, Pool and 4 OpenWater Dives – your Instructor can sign you off.  This Course runs the same as our most Popular Course above, but does not include a Boat Trip (It’s all Beach Dives)t.We recommend this Course for those Students who:

  • Do not have week-nights available for Classes.
  • Wish to complete the Course as Quickly as Possible.
  • Have Excellent Study Habits and will come to the First Class with ALL Chapters Completed.
  • Have Good Watermanship Skills and feel they will Excel in an Accelerated Program.
To View Class Schedules Click HERE for Schedules & Information

Also…Don’t Forget – Buy your “Basic” Equipment from Pacific Wilderness (Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Boots & Gloves) and we’ll give you an INSTANT $50 REBATE on your Class.

Classes Limited to Eight People

 

$299NO HIDDEN FEES!  Ask about your $50 INSTANT REBATE on this Class!
Your Course Fee Includes:

  • Tuition Fee
  • All Necessary Books, Log Book, Dive Table & Forms.
  • All Rental Gear Including; Wetsuit, Hood, Weight Belt, Weights, B.C., Regulator System & Tanks.
  • PADI Open Water Certification Card.
  • (4) Open Water Beach Dives
  • FREE 1 Year Membership in Pacific Wilderness Dive Club ($30 Value)
  GROUP – REFERRAL OUT (COMPLETE CLASS/POOL HERE – FINISH OPENWATER DIVES ON VACATION)
CLASS & POOL WORK ONLY COMPLETED HEREOur Referral program is for those of you limited on time or not wishing to Dive in our Beautiful (although Slightly Colder) Local Waters.   The Referral Program incorporates about 15 hours of Instruction focusing only on Class Room and Pool Skills.  You may complete the Final Four Open Water Dives in more Tropical Waters.  Although this class costs less, be aware you will incur expenses at the other end to complete your PADI Open Water Certification.  We would be happy to provide you with the names of PADI Dive Centers located at your destination should you choose this option or you may Click Here for a listing of PADI Resorts.It’s our experience you will pay approximately $175 to $350 to finish your dives elsewhere –  (note “approximately” means just that – whomever you deal with for completion is free to charge any amount).

  • We recommend this Course for those Students who:
  • Do not want to Dive Locally (Though you’re missing out)
  • Are Limited on time and are unable to complete the Regular Class prior to a trip you may have already planned.
To View Class Schedules Click HERE for Schedules & Information

Note, you will not need to attend the Final Two Sessions in the Referral Program.

Also…Don’t Forget – Buy your “Basic” Equipment from Pacific Wilderness (Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Boots & Gloves) and we’ll give you an INSTANT $50 REBATE on your Class.

Classes Limited to Eight People

 

$274COMPLETE!  Ask about your $50 INSTANT REBATE on this Class!
Your Course Fee Includes:

  • Tuition Fee
  • All Necessary Books, Log Book, Dive Table & Forms.
  • All Rental Gear for Pool; Weight Belt, Weights, B.C., Regulator System & Tanks in Pool.
  • FREE 1 Year Membership in Pacific Wilderness Dive Club ($30 Value)

Course Fee Does NOT INCLUDE:

  • Certification Card
  • Four Open Water Dives
  • Rental Gear at Destination
  • Any Applicable Boat Fees
  GROUP – CATALINA WEEKEND
ALL WORK COMPLETED OVER TWO WEEKENDSThis is our Favorite Program and also Big Fun! The Catalina Weekend program incorporates 24 hours of Instruction. The first weekend is split between classroom and pool time on both Saturday & Sunday.  The second weekend is two full days on Catalina Island making your Open Water Dives off Casino Point!

MINIMUM (4) STUDENTS TO RUN THIS CLASS
Call to set a Schedule.

2 Weeks prior to start date.

  • Visit our San Pedro Dive Center to Pick-up your Books & Loaner DVD.
  • Get fitted & Purchase your Basic Snorkeling Gear at either Location.
  • Read your PADI Open Water Book and Complete All 5 Knowledge Reviews at the end of each Chapter.
  • View your DVD in its entirety.
  • Fill out your Medical release in FULL.  If you answer ANY of the questions on the Medical Form “Yes” you will need to get a signed release from your Doctor.  Click Here for Medical Release Form.

Bring to your First Class/Pool Session:

  • Your Signed Medical Release. (Doctor’s Release, as well, if you answered any Medical Questions “Yes”).
  • Your Books and DVD (DVD to be returned), plus completed homework assignments (All 5 Chapters) to hand into your Instructor.
  • Pen, Paper, Swimsuit & Towel plus your Basic Snorkeling Gear.

Typical Schedule:

Weekend #1

Saturday morning you’ll meet at the San Pedro Store at 9:00 am.  You’ll do some paperwork, Classroom review and break for lunch around noon.  Following Lunch you’ll do your swim assessment in our on site, indoor heated pool (85 degrees of comfy, clear, clean water).  Following, you’ll put on SCUBA gear & practice honing your Diving Skills.  Class should wrap up around 5 pm.

Sunday morning you’ll meet at the San Pedro Store at 9:00 am again.  Start with a Classroom review, Final exam and break for lunch around Noon.  Following Lunch you’ll put on SCUBA gear & practice honing your Diving Skills and run through Dive scenarios to make you comfortable in the water.  Class should wrap up around 5 pm.

Weekend #2

Saturday morning you’ll take the Early Catalina Express Boat to Avalon with fellow students and your Instructor(s).  The Seaport Village Inn Van will meet our Group at the Dock to help us with Gear & People Transport to the Dive Site.  They will take your Luggage to the Hotel and store it while your group prepares to Dive.  You’ll make two Dives with your PADI Instructor at Casino Point.  Following the dives, the Van will pick you & your gear up and take you to the Hotel.  You can then clean up if you wish and have the rest of the day off to enjoy Avalon.  You’ll be spending the night in a 4-5 person “Bedroom Guest Suite” with a full Bath and Kitchen.

Sunday morning you’ll awaken to an early Breakfast (Included) prior to making your final two Beach dives off Casino Point.  The Seaport Village Inn Van will meet our Group at the Hotel to help us with Gear & People Transport to the Dive Site.  Following the dives to complete your Open Water Certification, the Van will bring you back to the Hotel.  You should be wrapped up by noon and depart back to the mainland at about 4 pm.  So you’ll have some time to get some lunch and share stories with your fellow – newly Certified divers!

NOTE: All Hotel and boat reservations are booked more than 10 days in advance – Because of this we may not be able to accommodate special requests.  Additionally, we pay a fee based on the number of people who register for the class.

Should you wish to cancel after you have already made payment our Cancellation Policy is;

  • More than 14 days from the start date – we will try to fill your spot with another diver.  If we are unable to fill your spot, you will be charged a $50 Tuition Cancellation fee.
  • Less than 14 days from the start date – we will try to fill your spot with another diver.  If we are unable to fill your spot, you will be charged a $100 Tuition Cancellation fee.
  • Less than 7 days from the start date – you will be charged a $224 Tuition & accommodation loss.
  • Less than 3 days from the start date – you will be charged the $299 Tuition & accommodation loss.

Also…Don’t Forget – Buy your “Basic” Equipment (Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Boots & Gloves) from Pacific Wilderness and we’ll give you an INSTANT $50 REBATE on your Class.

Classes Limited to Eight People per Instructor

$899COMPLETE!Ask about your $50 INSTANT REBATE on this Class!

Your Course Fee Includes:
  • Tuition Fee
  • All Necessary Books, Log Book, Dive Table & Forms.
  • All Rental Gear Including; Wetsuit, Hood, Weight Belt, Weights, B.C., Regulator System & Tanks.
  • PADI Open Water Certification Card.
  • (4) Open Water Catalina Dives
  • Hotel Stay Saturday Night at the Seaport Village Inn
  • Breakfast on Sunday Morning
  • Transportation to and from the Hotel to Catalina Express and the Dive Site Casino Point both days.
  • Catalina Express Round Trip
  • FREE 1 Year Membership in Pacific Wilderness Dive Club ($30 Value)
Your Course does NOT INCLUDE:
  • Air Fill Fees at Catalina Dive Park (About $7 x 3 Fills)
  • Meals other than Breakfast at Catalina
  • Basic Snorkeling Gear required for the Class

 

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