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SCUBA Programs


No trip to Catalina Island would be complete without exploring the rich underwater ecosystem that draws tourists from around the world to Catalina Island. Camp Emerald Bay sits beside a system of kelp forests and rock reefs routinely ranked among the top ten dive destinations in the world.! Our in-house dive center is just steps away from the very same reefs that dive boats scramble to visit every weekend, reefs that you will find bustling with octopi, sea lions, bat rays and leopard sharks. Learning to dive off the shores of Emerald Bay rather than in a pool will not only be more fun, it will make you a stronger and more experienced diver in less time. For divers who already have their certification, there are plenty of opportunities to continue your training at advanced levels or to enjoy our world class diving while participating in regular summer camp. Finally, for those who just want to taste what SCUBA diving is, Discover SCUBA Diving experiences offer the chance to try diving for the first time in an unforgettable locale. These courses will only run once a minimum of 4 participants has been met for each week. If this minimum has not been met for the week in which you registered, we will work with you to find an alternative or refund the cost of the program.


  • A PADI Open Water Certification. This week-long course provides the basic training to begin SCUBA Diving independently. Must be 12+ to participate.
  • A PADI Advance Open Water Certification. This week long course builds on your previous training and covers advanced techniques and environments such as Night Diving, Deep Diving, and Peak Performance Buoyancy, among others. Participants will dive in a variety of locations as they sharpen their dive skills. Must be 15+ and have an Open Water Certification to participate.
  • A PADI Rescue Diver Certification. This week-long course trains divers to respond to diver emergencies and includes advanced First Aid for dive-specific scenarios. Must be 15+ and have an Advanced Open Water Certification to participate. Available only during weeks 5, and 9.
  • This half-day course is designed to introduce new divers to SCUBA diving at Emerald Bay under the close supervision of an instructor. It is an experience, not a certification course. Must be 12+ to participate, pre-registration available, though not required
  • Certified Divers who want to explore the world-class diving that Emerald Bay has to offer can sign up for one or several of these guided dives throughout the week. Daytime dives, boat dives, and night dives will all  be available at times that do not conflict with regular camp programming. Must be 12+ to participate and a certified SCUBA diver.
  • Want to dive deeper into SCUBA? Specialty courses that include Peak Performace Bouancy, Night Diver Specialty, EFR First Aid and CPR certification and much more are available in your free time at camp.
Required Forms: You can begin your program at Camp Emerald Bay much more smoothly if you arrive at camp with all the necessary forms already filled out. Please follow the link below to our "Forms and Packets" page, please fill out and sign your documents before arriving on the first day.