Beginners SCUBA - Start Diving Here Today!

ESCAPE to a different world. Scuba takes you to a different world with new colors, shapes, textures and creatures – a world where the roles you play – husband, wife, mother, father, friend – take on a new dimension. Become a scuba diver and escape to a peaceful place to renew your energy and excite your senses. 

EXPLORE new places. Scuba diving frees you to explore the underwater world – from historic shipwrecks and pristine reefs to the mysteries of your local quarry. Become a scuba diver and explore what you've been missing. 

EXPERIENCE a connection with nature; a feeling of freedom, and a transformation. Diving connects you with nature. It immerses you in new sensations and experiences. It transforms your perception of life forever. Become a diver and transform yourself! 

SCUBA TODAY How to get started? You have a couple of options.  The two most common paths are:

Discover Scuba is about a 2 hour program that will familiarize you with basic scuba diving knowledge and skills in the pool.  It is an excellent way to confirm if you are ready for a beginning scuba diving certification program.

Open Water Certification can be completed in as little as 2 weekends and is flexible to your schedule! It includes learning about basic diving information, mastering scuba skills in the pool and completing your ocean dives with an instructor.  You come to Malibu over one weekend, and then for your ocean dives, you complete your scuba weekend in Catalina! We also have other weekend and week day programs.

Continue Learning - Your Underwater World Awaits You

Congratulations on achieving your Open Water certification.  You have demonstrated mastery of the basic open water skills and are now able to dive independently to a maximum depth of 60 feet. The next steps are up to you. Is there a particular dive trip coming up that is beyond 60 feet?  Do you want to continue to learn about diving on wrecks?  The next place you dive may require skills you have not learned nor experienced yet. Maybe you simply want to increase your bottom time for repetitive dives. Most divers want to continue to expand their repertoire of diving skills and knowledge so that they can dive beyond the basic level of training.

The traditional approach to continuing diver education programs is encouraging beginner-level divers to take the next step by enrolling in a PADI Adventures in Diving (or Advanced Open Water) program. Each adventure or advanced dive gives you training and experience in the first dive of the corresponding Specialty course.

Maybe you know that underwater photography is what you want to do. You can take that Specialty after you are an Open Water diver.  If there is a specialty dive or course you'd like to complete, for the majority of specialty courses, you do not have to first take the Adventure or Advanced Open Water certification. Some specialties can improve the diving skills you use on each and every dive like - Peak Performance Buoyancy, and Underwater Navigation. There are a couple of exceptions - such as, Wreck and Deep (Adventure), Search & Recovery(Advanced or Underwater Navigation Specialty), Cavern and Ice (Advanced), Semiclosed Rebreather Diver (Dolphin/Atlantis) (Advanced OpenWater and Enriched Air Diver), and Public Safety Diver (Rescue Diver and public safety diver team affiliation) and all TecRec courses and programs.

We encourage you to complete the specialty courses or continuing education that best match your interests, perhaps with the greater goal of earning the Master Scuba Diver certification, the highest level of recreational scuba achievement.  What Specialties interest you?

Still have questions? Let us know which skills or types of diving you would like to explore at least one week prior to a start date (to allow time for any home study or in water assessment).  If you're not sure about the options or need more information, call or visit us, and we'll sort through how best to meet your schedule and needs.



Malibu Divers believes that a career in diving is a rewarding and challenging profession. Your introduction to this career and lifestyle is the foundation by which you will build your business. We are focused on your success and growth as a professional. Our programs are tailored to cater to your individual goals and needs. To us, you are more than a number or just another student, you are the future of the dive business.

We take our commitment seriously. We will do everything in our power to aid you in more than meeting your goals. We will help you exceed your own expectations. We appreciate that you have many options available to you for your education. We are concerned with your needs, not ours.

The quality of our programs are second to none. When embarking on a professional career, the foundation that career is built on is critical to your future success. Quality is our focus. We are preferred by people who know the difference. There is a difference. We not only understand that, we live it.

Malibu Divers is a leader in diving education. We have been turning people on to the water for over 40 years. We were the first PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center in Los Angeles County, California and the only CDC, Five Star Career Development Center in the entire Western USA for a number of years. Our staff has appeared in and helped shoot many of the PADI training videos. We have contributed to the development of several of PADI's course offerings. We have been number one in diving education for our area for decades. Your training program will focus on the practical, theoretical, philosophical, educational, and business needs and skills that are foundational to functioning as an elite professional in the diving industry.