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From equipment to classes, certification to trips, Great Vis Scuba has it all!

Great Vis Scuba offers different types of classes for people from all walks of life, including:

  • All ages
  • Seniors
  • Disabled
  • Handicapped
  • Youth programs
  • Group programs

Great Vis Scuba in Hemet can handle all of your diving needs. Visit us for scuba diving Southern California, Catalina scuba diving, scuba diving lessons Los Angeles, scuba diving in Southern California, and more!

Family owned and operated, Great Vis is a PADI Dive Center.  Everyone in the family, (the entire staff) is some level of certified diver, so we all know and understand what is involved in diving!

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Open Water Certification

The GREAT VIS Open Water Diver course is incredibly flexible and performance based, Rich and Josh (the owners and instructors of Great Vis Scuba) offers the program on a wide variety of schedules, and paced according to how fast you progress.  At Great Vis Scuba you will receive personal attention with small class sizes (no more than 6 per class) and an Instructor and Dive Master supervising your open water dives.  We teach students as young as 10 and as old as….

Knowledge Development – This develops your familiarity with basic principles and procedures. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best gear and what to consider when planning dives.

Confined Water Dives – This is what it’s all about – diving. You develop basic scuba skills in a pool or off the beach with pool-like conditions. Here you’ll learn everything from setting up your gear to how to easily get water out of your mask without surfacing. You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air – just in case. Plus, you may play some games, make new friends and have a great time.

There are five confined water dives, with each building upon the previous. Over the course of these five dives, you attain the skills you need to dive in open water.

Open Water Dives – After your confined water dives, you and the new friends you’ve made continue learning during four open water dives with Rich at a dive site. This is where you have fun putting it all together and fully experience the underwater adventure.

Number of Dives: Five Confined Water Dives and Four Open Water Dives

Knowledge Development: Five sessions or you can complete the knowledge development on line by using PADI eLearning.

Prerequisites: 10 for Junior Open Water Diver and 15 for Open Water Diver. Good health, reasonable fitness and comfort in the water.

Materials You’ll Need:
•   PADI Open Water Crew-Pak
•   PADI Open Water  Video or DVD
•   Dive Log Book

Equipment you’ll use during the course includes: mask, fins, snorkel, tank, regulator, buoyancy compensator, submersible pressure gauge and exposure protection as required by the local environment.

The regular monthly class cost is $399 and includes books, class sessions, pool sessions, open water dives, certification fees, one round trip ticket on the Catalina Express, or charter on a local day boat, rental gear (wetsuit, weights, tanks, regulator, dive computer, spg, and BCD.)  Compare all that is included to the Big Box place that draws you in with a “Tuition” of $165, then charges for books, rental gear, boat charters, certification fees and even your “student folder” separately.  And when you choose Great Vis Scuba, you work with Divers who can help you select the right gear for you!  You also become part of a group that loves to dive and will keep diving with you even after the class is complete.

Want to do the academics at home on your own time? Sign up with PADI’s eLearning!

Students must have their own mask, snorkel, fins, boots, gloves, and hood.  Mask, snorkel, fins and boot packages are available from  $179.  Students receive 10% off all non package price gear and equipment for duration of the class and 30 days after scheduled completion.

Our typical schedule is 3 and half weeks long, Tuesday nights are classroom, Thursday nights are pool sessions and open water training the weekend at the end of the three weeks.
Custom Schedules can be made for those whose lives don’t allow for evening and weekend lessons.  We will also work with small private groups.


This is for ladies who don’t want the pressure or competitiveness that men sometimes bring to activities.  Designed to allow extra times for questions you may have without feeling you might be holding someone else up.  Your instructor will be Rich and his assistant will be Mindy.

About Us
Great Vis Scuba opened Christmas Eve 2009. Family owned and operated, Great Vis is a PADI Dive Center. Everyone in the family, (the entire staff) is some level of certified diver, so we all know and understand what is involved in diving!
Rich is a PADI Staff IDC Instructor. You can go from new diver student to Assistant Instructor with Rich. He teaches a variety of PADI specialties too. Those specialties include Altitude, Boat, Deep, Dry Suit, Enriched Air, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Distinctive Computer Specialties, Multi-Level Diver, Search and Recovery, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Digital Photography, Underwater Navigation, Wreck Diver and more. Along with diving classes, he teaches Emergency First Response courses including instructor level down to simple CPR.

In addition to PADI, Rich is also a Handicap Scuba Association instructor with the capability of not only teaching impaired individuals to dive, but also teaching their buddies the skills they need for both to stay safe while diving.

Josh is also an Instructor. With a few hundred dives under his weight belt, and dozens and dozens of dives training, he is our go to guy when a student needs extra help. He’s gotten so good at helping students with ear problems, he’s sometimes referred to as the equalizer.
There’s no one better than setting up for training dives either. He organizes equipment for open water, navigation, deep, search & recovery and Rescue Diver dives like no one else. He’s also great in the shop, ready to help with questions on equipment or diving in general.

Sally is our primary office manager and bookkeeper. You’ll find her most days at the shop keeping things organized, making sure the bills are paid, and Rich doesn’t buy too many toys. She is also knowledgeable about diving and very helpful with questions you might have.

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