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Scuba Diver Certification Course

Our entry-level scuba certification course provides the fundamental knowledge and skills to scuba dive. This NAUI certification is the key to dive anywhere in the world with a guide or divemaster. 
 
Typically our classroom session is held 6pm - 9pm on a Monday night.
 
We start new scuba diver classes every two weeks! Call us at 626-287-6283 to sign up today!  
 
 
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Advanced Scuba Diver Certification Course

For beginners, it is sometimes a puzzling question of where to take their new c-cards after being certified.  Ocean Safari Outdoors offers continuing education to serve that purpose.  Students are meticulously guided through the world of diving while simultaneously gaining new and fun experiences.  Here at Ocean Safari, we value commitment to education and we present quality of education.  Aside from a certification, what you ultimately gain is access to the world underwater.

 

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Leadership Certification Courses

Skin Diving Instructor
Assistant Instructor
Dive Master
Instructor
Instructor Trainer
 
Upcoming Dates:
Leadership Pool Session, September 14 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Leadership Classroom, December 15 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Nitrox Scuba Diver Certification Course

To fully adapt to another world, one must alter the composition of their breathing gas to be fully efficient and safe in that environment.  Known also as EANx, the first form of Nitrox was developed prior to WWII and kept secret from civilians until the 1960s.  Now, Nitrox takes human adaptation to an entirely new level.  A certification in Nitrox diving allows one to venture waters worldwide with grace and evolution.

Upcoming Dates:
December 10, 6:00 PM

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Basic Freediving Course

- Identify the importance of proper freediving equipment suited to your needs
- Understand the physiology of freediving
- Practice various equalization and breathing techniques
- Learn how to properly freedive to depths up to 15ft
- Describe benefits of breath hold training
- Learn to minimize risks and practice rescue skills

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Freediving Level 1 Course

After completion of this course, students should have the proper skills and knowledge to safely freedive with an equally or more qualified buddy in environments and depths equivalent to their training. 

Curriculum consists of:
- 1 Classroom session
- 2 Pool sessions
- 2 Day boat trip
- E-learning course

Upcoming Dates:
Freediving Level 1 Course, September 1 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Freediving Level 2 Course

After completion of this course, students should have the proper skills and knowledge to safely freedive with an equally or more qualified buddy in environments and depths equivalent to their training.

Curriculum consists of:
- 1 Classroom session
- 2 Pool sessions
- 2 Day boat trip
- E-learning course

Upcoming Dates:
Freediving Level 2 Course, September 1 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Rescue Scuba Diver/Advanced Rescue Scuba Diver Certification Course

Similarly to CPR and First aid, the Rescue diver course is a measure of prevention and awareness.  Being instructed in safety doesn’t imply that one is a rescuer; rather, it is the first step towards being a responsible diver, adventurer, and recreation enthusiast.  Whether diving solo or accompanied by a friend, knowledge of essential safety practices is crucial.  Welcome to all levels and ages of divers, this course is designed to equip you with the basics of an emergency in the water.

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Rescue Diving Workshop (confined water)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able practice rescue procedures in the event of an aquatic emergency which necessitates such action approximate those of training.

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Master Scuba Diver Certification Course

The crème de la crème of all civilian scuba certifications, NAUI’s Master Scuba diver certification course is designed for producing perfection in a diver.  Through Ocean Safari Outdoors ultimate experience tailored in every detail to the individual, gaining an all-around expert experience will earn you a Master Scuba Diver Certification Card—the most coveted and prestigious badge outside of leadership certification courses.  From the most advanced and beautiful of world dive sites to understanding insider trade secrets, this is where adventurers are made.

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Advanced Scuba Technique Workshop

Upon completion of this workshop, students will be able to practice advanced scuba diving techniques in the water so as to be better prepared for more challenging conditions worldwide.

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Aquatic Skills for Diving Competency

This program provides an environment where you will learn, practice, and improve the four main swim strokes: front crawl (freestyle), breaststroke, elementary back stroke, and side stroke. Addition skills include treading water, and basic lifesaving skills. Basic lifesaving skills consist of towing, assisting, buddy rescue, self rescue, and survival float.

 At Ocean Safari, we firmly believe that there is more to perfection than mere practice. Practice without proper refinement does not benefit you very much. Therefore, through constructive criticism, our experienced staff will help refine your skills, which eventually will lead towards perfection. Furthermore, much like yoga, committed consistency is the best way to achieve results while simultaneously developing, refining, and maintaining key skills.

 For whichever aqua skill level you possess, you will work with trained professionals who will push your endurance to swim faster, with more accuracy, and to improve physical fitness.

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Progressive Diving Program

This ongoing scuba program is split into seven-week intervals where you will learn, practice, and improve the four different diving skill categories. These categories include skin and scuba diving rescue, free/breath holding diving, aquatic skills, and advanced scuba techniques. By participating in this program, you will not only become a better diver with increased physical fitness, you will be able to handle difficult diving situations if you or your diver buddy were to lose your or his/her scuba gear.

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Freediving Workshop

Upon completion of this workshop, students will be able to practice free diving techniques in the water so as to be better prepared for more challenging conditions worldwide.

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Freediving Seminar

In this classroom seminar, you will:
- Learn about specific freediving equipment suited for your needs - Identify the importance of proper fitting
- Understand the physiology of freediving
- Understand the risks and causes of blackout
- Practice various equalization and breathing techniques
- Describe benefits of breath hold training

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Fish Identification Seminar

Diving isn’t just about looking around and enjoying the marine life. It’s also about being able to describe and share your experience to others or yourself when you write in your dive log.

This seminar will help you recognize and identify the variety of fish species such as the Garibaldi and the California sheephead. You will also learn how to better describe the anatomy of fish in a more detailed fashion.

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Underwater Navigation Seminar

Other than the “Big 3,” the most important skill to possess when stepping out of your door for adventure is finding your way home (or to the boat). The ability to navigate is more crucial underwater than it is on land due to the limited time, visibility, and air you have.

Through active participation, you will learn how to utilize a compass and underwater landmarks to help you navigate your way back to the boat. 

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Underwater Hunting Seminar

Catching your own game underwater is a thrill, it is a connection with nature, and it is a challenge and a responsibility.

This seminar will show you how to properly and safely use and select various hunting tools ranging from a knife to a spear gun. This seminar will also cover techniques for catching game with or without the use of tools. You will also be informed of the policies and restrictions to keep your hunting responsible, legal, and fun.

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Introduction to Underwater Photography Seminar

Taking pictures underwater is somewhat similar to taking pictures on land; however, underwater photography has its distinct differences. For example, when taking photos underwater, you always need to consider the three aspects of light: reflection, refraction, and absorption. Therefore, knowing how to use different lighting will enhance the quality of your pictures.

This seminar will examine the important functions of your camera, the most appropriate settings to use for the pictures you plan on taking, and basic underwater photography concepts. Additionally, it will discuss the use of proper casings to prevent your camera from flooding during your dive. Feel free to bring your camera to class for extra practice!

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Underwater Photo Seminar with Andy Sallmon

Photography Class with World Famous Andy Sallmon 
1/28 - Lighting the Underwater World
2/25 - Shooting it All from Large to Small - Wide Angle Like a Pro
4/22 - Adobe Lightroom for the Underwater Photographer
6/10 - The Small World - Macro and Close Up Photography -
POSTPONED
 
Andrew Sallmon is an underwater photographer and writer specializing in images and stories about marine life, scuba diving and the marine environment. His work has been featured in numerous books, dive, photography and lifestyle magazines, on calendars and posters, in dive and underwater photographic equipment catalogs and advertisements and has also been displayed in major aquariums and natural history museums throughout the U.S., including the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Smithsonian Institute. You've most likely seen one or more of his underwater photographs in your favorite dive publication! 

 

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Introduction to Marine Biology Seminar

Knowing the environment you are diving in is not only important for safety, but it is great knowledge to have as well.

This seminar will explore a vast spectrum of marine life such as nudibranchs, sea urchins, and bat rays on an introductory level. Ocean Safari Outdoors’ compact 3-hour Introduction to Marine Biology Seminar provides students with knowledge on the scientific perspective of marine life, with an emphasis on Californian kelp forest ecosystems—our most frequented and favored diving destinations.

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Marine Ecology

When we scuba dive, we enter a different environment beneath the waves. An environment vibrant in color, rich with life and packed with wonders for us to discover.

This seminar will introduce you to various types of marine organisms and where they can be found in various marine environments. This knowledge you will gain in this seminar will improve on your awareness to spot marine life as you make discoveries in your dive career.

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CPR and AED Seminar

Learning how to respond quickly and properly in an emergency is a critical skill for any citizen, diver or non-diver. We cannot always depend on someone else to be there who will know how to handle an emergency situation. Knowing and feeling confident to perform these skills can save your friend, family member, or complete stranger’s life. These classes will focus on techniques to assist individuals undergoing cardiac arrest, choking, and/or unconsciousness.
 
- Meets ILCOR/AHA 2010 guidelines
- 1 and 2 person CPR
- Child and infant CPR
- Obstructed-airway techniques
- Suctioning techniques

 

Upcoming Dates:
December 1, 9:00 AM

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Diving First Aid and First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

Being knowledgeable in first aid is important in order to prevent injury and treat injury if needed. Having this information makes you self-reliant and boosts confidence to handle cases of injury. In this three hour seminar, our instructors will thoroughly discuss the details of first aid as it pertains to diving and general circumstances.

- Manage shock and choking
- Assess injuries
- Identify hazardous marine life
- Practice treating injuries
- Gain tools to avoid injuries

 

 

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Emergency Oxygen, Neurological Assessment, Field Assessment, and Blood Borne Pathogens Seminar

Oxygen first aid provides needed oxygen to body tissues, enhances the elimination of inert gases such as nitrogen obtained from breathing gases, and helps shrink any gas bubbles that may have developed during ascent. 

- Provide oxygen to breathing or non-breathing injured divers
- Recognize nervous system injury
- Learn assessment techniques
- Uncover subtle changes
- F-A-S-T assessment
- Anatomy, physiology, blood borne pathogens
- Decompression Illness and Oxygen First Aid
- Response, assessment, and medical emergency management

 

 

 

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Lost at Sea Seminar - Crisis Prevention and Management

Nobody wants to get lost at sea, but things happen - conditions can change abruptly and accidents happen. People can get separated from their group and get carried away in the currents. Possibilities of man overboard and the boat sinking are always there. There are ways to avoid these things, and there are safety equipment and devices that can help you. In this seminar, we will discuss in detail the concept and practice of preventing getting lost at sea as well as dealing with such an emergency.

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Knot Tying Seminar

Knot tying is a must have skill for you to have a safe, convenient, and fun outdoors adventure. Knowing how to tie different kinds of knots makes more tasks possible and stress-free. To name a few uses, knots can secure your boat to your anchor or dock, set up a spear gun, lift objects, and attach objects together. Even in everyday life, you’ll never know when you’ll need to use a knot, but you’ll be glad you have a variety of knot tying techniques under your belt.  

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Seaweed Seminar

Aboard Peace on Gull Is/West Santa Cruz Island Trip

“All seaweeds are edible, but not all are palatable” says Dr. Ryan Drum, who is considered one of the top medicinal algae experts in North America. Seaweeds have higher nutritional content than land plants, but we often overlook them as a food source from the ocean. Come dive with expert Haruka Ito to sustainably harvest seaweeds and learn to cook with them! 

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Intro to Marine Life

The Channel Islands are at the confluence of the cold California Current from the north and the warm Southern California Countercurrent from the south. The mixing of these two major current systems, along with upwelling that brings up nutrients, result in the exceptionally high species diversity and ecological richness of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. There is no better way to learn about marine creatures than while diving and exploring in this remarkably biodiverse area, sometimes dubbed “The Galapagos of North America.” 

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Youth Aquatic & Outdoor Adventure Camp

The recent generations of youth have had much less exposure to nature and playing outside than previous generations. Electronics are being introduced to children’s lives at an early age, replacing the practical outdoor learning experiences that older adults had when they were young. This lack of outdoor exposure has been dubbed “nature deficit disorder” (a term coined by author Richard Louv) and has been linked to issues such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and obesity. Research has shown that spending time outdoors benefits such as improving mood and self-esteem, stimulating creativity and imagination, improving attention, memory, and reasoning skills (which can lead to better grades!), and developing social skills and emotional awareness. We believe that cultivating a connection with nature during the early years is essential for their well-being as well as enriching our society’s future leaders.
 
7/13 Classroom Orientation
7/20 Aquatic Session 1
7/27 Aquatic Session 2
8/3 Aquatic Session 3
8/10 Aquatic Session 4
8/18 Hiking Trip
8/26 Catalina Island Trip 
TBA Tidepool trip in fall

 

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