Me and a friend had a trip to Jamaica a month away. Called these guys and they got us certified in 3 days. They love diving, are super knowledgable and make getting your certification fun and exciting. They have tons and tons of amazing dive stories from all over the world. 10/10 recommend them and love their passion for the water.
California Ocean Adventures is the best dive shop in Santa Cruz County, they are truly a family run dive shop that will take care of you time and time again. They offer everything you could possibly ask for and are extremely friendly and laid back. Brian and Steve are two great guys and you'd be lucky to be certified or dive with either of them! I've had such a great experience through this dive shop from first getting my open water to now getting my rescue diver and moving onto dive master! Would give 6/5 stars if that was possible.
Great Shop, Great Staff, Couldn't Ask for Better!
Brian is a great guy who goes above and beyond the call of duty when working with his students.
I took my Level 1 PADI Freediver course with him in March'19 and I couldn't have been happier with the instruction. Despite my apprehension about the cold water in the ocean, all the special freedive techniques, etc he provided humble direct instruction to us students every step of the way. Going from a first day of apnea techniques in the friendly environs of a local pool to a second session out in the ocean, the progression never felt rushed. Even when we got to the ocean session near Monterrey and had to dive for depth, as divemaster, Brian is right there with you swimming head down to the tennis ball right in front of your face.
I'm a safer freediver now and couldn't thank Ocean Adventures enough! While I'm moving to a landlocked state, will think fondly of these classes
Ocean Adventures is also the best stocked freedive specific shop between LA and Seattle, be sure to check the wares out. Picked up a great wetsuit and gloves there. Fins and masks on tap as well.
Brian and this group are a bunch of good natured fun people. Especially when you go with them on the Truth Aquatics boats!