BSA Frequently Asked Questions

  • ONLY the PADI RSTC Medical Form is allowed for all divers. Boy Scouts require that anyone who will be diving at camp have this form signed by a doctor. The BSA medical is not sufficient for divers. It is up to your physician if they require a physical, not us. Please bring all forms, releases and reports with you to Camp to turn in. Do not send to us ahead of time.

  • According to the PADI, Professional Association of Dive Instructors, children can be certified at 10 years old as Junior Open Water divers. The age limit at BSA Camp is 12 years old and up. This is more than a guideline, it is a hard rule. However, your child can start to learn about diving at any age. They can begin to swim and snorkel (join a Skin Diver program first) and perfect many of the skills that are used in SCUBA diving without even taking SCUBA lesson. Through the Bubblemaker program, PADI also allows children from 8 years old and up to begin SCUBA diving in the pool as long as the depth is limited to no more than 6 feet deep and they are under the supervision of a PADI instructor. SCUBA BSA or Discover SCUBA Diving is an excellent program to access readiness before committing to a PADI Open Water or Rugged SCUBA program. Malibu Divers offers this program at Camp and also at our store. Of course, all children (and adults) must also met the dive medical standards that have been established. Regardless of the age rules, a parent and guardian would need to be realistic about their children's ability and maturity to pay attention, listen and follow directions from their instructor. It's important that earning a SCUBA certification is based on a personal desire to learn and not feel pressured to learn. Certification is not guaranteed and is performance based. So if you don't finish or need more time to learn, you can schedule for additional time or come back for more training within one year from the last day attended. Additionally, while SCUBA diving is available to the vast majority of people of all sizes and shapes, a diver must be a swimmer, and comfortable in the water. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations have their own age rules (that supersede) that children need to be at least 12 years old and various other scout requirements.

  • Name Email (one for scout, one for parent if possible please) phone # (designate; cell, home, etc) Date of Birth Home address Parent name and contact phone # Troop # Height, Weight & Shoe Size **Payment is expected (either credit card or check) at the time of registration. Additional dives can be booked and paid for at camp.

  • You will be contacted if we do not get the minimum number about 1-2 weeks out you will be offered an alternative program of diving or moved to another scheduled week or local Malibu Diver program or a full refund.

  • If you bring an underwater camera or GoPro to camp, if you are in training, you will not be allowed to use it. Otherwise on non training dives, you must have a clip to hold it, so you can let go of it at any time for safety reasons. If it becomes an issue to safety, you will be asked to not take it. Most everyone has a camera or video these days. Most everyone who uses it take pretty average photos or video.

  • As far as timing devices go, with the exception of the Scuba BSA (non certified divers) program; (certified) divers need to have a means of tracking their bottom time, in order stay within time and depth limits. Keeping track of bottom time is one of the biggest mistakes divers make. They cannot count on someone else to do it. If you are a certified diver, you must keep track of your own bottom time. Period. Dive computer or watch. We have a good selection of Dive Watches, priced from $60-$130 (both GShock style digital and analog) and some very nice wrist mounted dive computers (the Suunto Zoop and the AquaLung i300) priced around $300. Cameras vs GoPro; I always ask people what are they primarily planning on doing. If they are planning on mainly shooting pictures, then an underwater camera (we like the SeaLife models). If you are primarily planning on shooting video, then the GoPro (we have the Hero models for sale at camp). If you want to switch back and forth easily between the two formats, we like the SeaLife cameras. We have the SeaLife DC2000 and the Micro HD available here at Malibu Divers.

  • We have Staff available to shoot if you are interested and we charge a flat fee per day or per week or can put photos/videos up in our gallery for purchase or some combination of sorts. If you would like to get a good set of pics and video to document the experience, we can be hired to provide that for your group.

  • Rugged Scuba is provided with snorkel package of mask, snorkel, fins, boots, gloves, and small gear bag to keep, and all other SCUBA diving gear is provided. Rugged O (Advanced Open Water) and all Certified Divers, we recommend that you bring your snorkel package and any other SCUBA gear you own. We do have SCUBA gear at the Dive Locker but it may be limited in sizes and quantities during busy weeks. Non divers who signup for Scuba BSA (Discover Scuba Diving) will be provided with all of their snorkel and SCUBA gear.

  • It is absolutely okay for Adult Leaders to join the class(es) also. If a person has not been diving for 2 years or more we highly recommend a Refresher done either at home prior to coming to camp or at camp. PADI refresher is called either Scuba Tune-Up or Reactivate. If done at camp, the cost is either $139 (book) or $169 (on line home study).

  • You can sign up at camp but we recommend any anticipated training programs be signed up in advance by calling (310) 456-2396 or send us an email at info@malibudivers.com. It helps to ensure you have the training materials in advance and our staff planning of our schedule for the week. Also, you must do a Checkout or Discover Local dive before you can do any night diving or specialty training.

  • Yes! Rugged SCUBA, Rugged Oceanographers and Rugged Rescue require the completion of online courses before coming to camp. Remember to print your completion report and bring it to camp. If you are interested in PPB, peak performance buoyancy, or a SCUBA Tuneup/Review or Digital Imaging Specialty, online training is a recommended option and you can signup with Malibu Divers directly by calling (310) 456-2396.

  • We usually turn this around in about 24-48 hours.

  • When you arrive at Camp, you should come to the Dive Locker to arrange with Malibu Divers for a time when the scout is "off session" or the scout will have to notify the merit badge counselor and make up for the time missed. Yes, please register ahead of time to save and pay for your spots to ensure we can plan our staff resources. If it is an especially busy week, we may not be able to guarantee your spot without pre-registration. Please remember cancellations within 24 hours of your spot will forfeit your payment.

  • We do about 4 - 5 in-water skills to ensure divers are ready and comfortable to dive. If not, then divers will have to either do a SCUBA review program or only participate in SCUBA BSA. Yes, we do have some minimum day times and night dives, but it always varies each week based on resources, and weather conditions. Occasionally, we cannot dive at all due to conditions that day. Please book your spots in advance.

  • DAN Dive Insurance is dive accident insurance. Some medical insurance policies do not cover accidents when they occur during diving. You can buy it online or you can buy it from Malibu Divers directly. You need to join DAN first as a member and then pick one of 3 plans available.

  • All diving specialty programs require that the divers be already certified; it does not have to be PADI. It can be any legitimately recognized Training Agency at the equivalent levels. Please make sure to let us know what Training Agency and Level of Certification you currently hold. Yes, they do need to know how to dive and be ready to dive - comfortable and confident! A checkout or DLD dive is required for all Specialty training except for PPB, but you should still be comfortable, confident and ready to dive. Non diving specialties such as Project Aware or EFR, Emergency First Response are open to non divers.

  • You enroll by calling Malibu Divers, (310) 456-2396 for EFR and O2 Admin/First Aid. it will be conducted at mutually agreeable time during the week; it will likely be one evening. Yes, anyone can take these courses including non diving scouts.

  • Scouts enroll by calling Malibu Divers (310) 456-2396 during our normal business hours. Yes, it is open to all scouts and adults.

  • Yes, it is very likely on Thursday or Friday. Most scouts are able to finish Rugged SCUBA.Maybe even a night (training) dive.

  • Please bring all paperwork with you. Do not send ahead.

  • Thank you for your email and questions.
    Yes, the website is being updated. Sorry - we got behind on a few things...I love that you are way ahead of most troops getting organized.

    RELEASES: You will be emailed all additional information including the releases.  They are provided and attached below for reference.  Follow all the directions and fill them out completely and bring them with you to Camp.  Any questions or need more information - contact us.

    1. PADI Medical Release (Every diver is require to have a physician's signature on page 2)
    2. PADI Standard of Safe Diving Practices and Statement of Understanding
    3. PADI Liability Release and Assumption of Risk
    4. Continuing Education Release (needed if you wish to continue to dive at Camp after you are certified)

  • No, as we don't go through it at that level of detail and it would take time away from Rugged SCUBA. You can sign up for it as an add-on or stand alone program or directly with the Camp program.