This program is for divers who are currently Open Water certified. If you are not a certified diver, please see our Open Water Program for more information.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT please FILL OUT THE REQUEST FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.  Please indicate your redemption code (6-8 DIGIT). There is no alphabet in your redemption code. You will receive an email within 72 hours to schedule your class.

Beach Cities Scuba Centers offers quality dive and snorkel gear! You will receive 10% off anything you purchase in store! If you find it cheaper from an authorized dealer within 30 days of your purchase, we will beat that price!

You are required to have mask, snorkel, fins, logbook, PADI materials, Recreational Dive Planner (or dive computer), gloves, booties, surface marker buoy (SMB), and handheld light for this program.

NOTE: All participants must be 15 years or older, they will need to upgrade to the Junior Advanced Open Water program (Call 714-378-2611 for more information on Junior Advanced Open Water) so we can ensure the safety of the child in the open water environment. Thank you!

Step 1:

Pick up your material at a minimum of 2 weeks prior to class. You will receive a confirmation email. Please wait for confirmation prior to starting these steps. YOU MUST complete the five chapter knowledge reviews at the end of each chapter for the dives you will be doing. NOTE: You are not required to do all of the chapters for knowledge reviews. When you arrive in store, you will have items to purchase. The materials for this program are a PADI Advanced Open Water e-learning and the Certification Fee ($183) You will also purchase one trip on the Riviera ($149) for your two dives on a boat. If you require rental scuba equipment, you will purchase the scuba rental at $65. This $65 is for the duration of the program. 

Step 2:

Attend the classroom orientation (2 hours) at TBA (Please call or email to arrange the time) on the Thursday at your selected store. You have the five chapters for you reviewed and paperwork completed with our staff. We will take you on five dives for this program. These specialties include Deep, Navigation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Fish Identification, Night Diver/Boat Diver (the last dive is optional for you). 


Step 3:

Spend two weekend days diving in the ocean for a total of five ocean dives. These sessions last approximately five hours. You could dive at 6 a.m. on shore and be home chilling at noon! The dives on the boat depart at 7am and 12.15pm. We have three beach dives and two boat dives. Do not worry though, you can plan these out as your schedule allows! The program is very flexible for you! 

Step 4:

Smile. You will have completed all the steps at this point! Once you are done with the five dives, you will then see our scheduling team for certification!  

PADI Semi-Private Advanced Open Water Diver Course

The Semi-Private Advanced Open Water Course includes tuition. Your materials are an additional $100. The student must furnish their own scuba quality mask, snorkel, fins, logbook, PADI materials, Recreational Dive Planner (or dive computer), gloves, booties, surface marker buoy (SMB) and handheld light. All of this is purchased through any of our seven Beach Cities Scuba Centers at a discounted cost! Remember that if you buy your gear with us, we give you 10% off anything you select in store! 

If you do not receive a confirmation email with instructions in 72 hours please check your spam folder or contact us!

Still have Questions?  We have ANSWERS! Contact our scheduling team at 714-378-2611 today!

All class schedules shown here list the initial orientation day, followed by the first weekend of dives. Your ocean dives can be flexibly scheduled for any two weekend days. We are flexible with you! 

ALL Boat dives are also available! Talk to your instructor about enjoying a beautiful, relaxing day on our boat the Riviera and avoid the full gear climbs to and from the shoreline!

*NOTE: There is a 7 days cancellation policy when you schedule classes. The rescheduling fee is $95 per session.

The Advanced Open Water Program Schedule*

2022 Group Program Class Schedules – Oceanside and Laguna Beach  – Courses are held on weekends. Request that students pick up their gear 2 weeks prior to do homework!

Day 1 is Fish ID (Check out dive), Night Dive 4pm to 8.30pm (Beach)

Day 2 is Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Navigation 7.15am to 3pm (Boat and Beach)

Winter Schedule: 

Day 1 - Fish ID (Check Out Dive) / Night Dive 4pm to 8.30pm (Beach) Day 2 - Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Navigation (Boat and Beach)
FEB 13 FEB 13
FEB 19 FEB 19
FEB 20 FEB 20
FEB 26 FEB 26
FEB 27 FEB 27
MAR 12 MAR 12
MAR 13 MAR 13
MAR 20 MAR 20
MAR 26 MAR 26
MAR 27 MAR 27


Day 1 is Fish ID (Check out dive), Navigation Dive 6am to 11am (Beach)

Day 2 is Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night 12.15pm to 8pm (Boat and Beach)

Summer Schedule: 

Day 1 - Fish ID / Navigation 6am to 11am (Beach) Day 2 - Deep, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Night (Boat and Beach)
MAY 14 MAY 14
MAY 15 MAY 15
MAY 21 MAY 21
MAY 22 MAY 22
MAY 28 MAY 28
MAY 29 MAY 29


*NOTE: There is a 7 days cancellation policy when you schedule classes. The rescheduling fee is $95 per session. Your commitment of the dates you selected are required. Remember, you can select whatever weekend days you want to do your boat or beach dives!

We limit our classes to a small group intent on focusing on your superior quality training and making you the best diver in the world. With these limited class sizes, it’s important that you:


Why Learn with Beach Cities Scuba?

For multiple years, the Beach Cities Scuba Center team has won the #1 Padi Diver Acquisition and Padi Diver Retention awards. With four Course Directors, nine IDC Staff Instructors and ten Open Water Scuba Instructors, Beach Cities Scuba Centers has dedicated personnel intent on providing you with top-notch scuba instruction. Our dedication is your education! You’ll meet a diverse, friendly group of professionals that will show you why Beach Cities Scuba Centers remains within the industry (since 1963) and has certified over 22,000 people! 

Additionally, Beach Cities Scuba Centers is proud to offer high-quality customer service and competitive pricing on our equipment, continuing education, service and travel! When you join the Beach Cities Scuba Center team, you join a family of divers that provide the nation with high-quality scuba equipment with a smile! Even if you find it cheaper, we’ll beat it. We want you in our family! In fact, we will beat any authorized dealer’s advertised price.  Just ask us!

For directions to our stores, click here.

NOTE: For the Laguna Beach location parking is limited. We ask that you park in the surrounding streets when you arrive.

Here are some other cool reasons to dive with Beach Cities Scuba:

1. With no hidden costs and our guarantee to beat any authorized dealer price you have no worries knowing that you are getting the best deal. We want your business and we are up front about our costs. 

2. We offer a flexible ocean schedule.  We know you’re busy. Ask us, we will work with you as best as we can!

3. Our instructors are professional, experienced, friendly and vigorously trained. We have internship programs and required qualifications prior to ever teaching students in a professional environment. We put the best we can with you.

4. We have 7 facilities (ALL are PADI Five Stars)  in convenient locations mainly by the beaches, equipped and well stocked to offer all scuba products and services. Did you know that Beach Cities Scuba Laguna Sea Sports is two blocks from the #1 dive site in Southern California

5. We own our heated pools on site, which separate us from the competition that use rental pools and limit the time of your training. 

6. We own the only commercial dive boat in Orange County, which makes it easy and convenient to do your ocean dives from the boat.

7. FREE Certifications!  Get your class fee refunded if you buy your full set of scuba gear through us. 

8. We offer the most friendly and cost effective “Refer a Friend Program”! Ask us about it.

9. We offer Online Learning through our PADI E-Learning Program.

10. Free year membership of the Dive949Dive714, or Dive760 dive clubs ($80 Value).