Do you want a vacation adventure that you’ll remember for years to come? Do you want to get close to turtles underwater? Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, our Discover Scuba Diving course is for you. Our course is led by PADI Scuba Diving Instructors and follows PADI Standards and Curriculum. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest association of Diving Professionals and the leader in Diving Standards and Curriculum. Aarons is proud to be a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center.
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of your PADI Instructor. You’ll practice a few more skills in the water to prepare for your adventure. Once all our Discover Scuba Diving Students are checked out on their skills you will be ready to try scuba diving and be led on the first of your two dives. An Instructor will lead you on both dives.
On Mondays through Saturdays we can almost guarantee that you will get close to turtles and maybe even get your picture taken with one. (On Sunday’s we go to different dive sites where we often see turtles but it’s not as certain.) You’ll also see amazing reef fish and lovely coral. Our Instructors will point out particular fish, eels, and maybe octopus, as you are led on your two tours.
You will need to wear a bathing suit and bring a towel if you like. Aaron’s provides everything else you will need. We provide a wetsuit, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and all the Scuba Gear you will use for your two dives. We’ll even pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in Honolulu. Pickups are around 9:40 am at your hotel.
Aaron’s is the oldest dive shop on Oahu in operation today. We’ve been around since 1971 and have a great reputation. Check out our ratings.
We use small boats for a personal experience. You won’t wonder if our Instructor is attentive to your needs. We care about your experience and want to ensure that it's amazing. We love diving and love introducing the underwater world to people. Come try scuba diving with us. You can read more about our history here.
Divers must be 10 years old or older and in good health. Please review the Medical Questionnaire below.
If you make more than one open water dive on the same day; or, dive over two or more days, wait 18 hours prior to flying. (PADI Discover Scuba Diving Booklet, 2013).
Scuba diving is an exciting and demanding activity. To scuba dive safely, you must not be extremely overweight or out of condition. Diving can be strenuous under certain conditions. Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body air spaces must be normal and healthy. A person with heart trouble, a current cold or congestion, epilepsy, asthma, a severe medical problem, or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, should not dive. If taking medication, consult your doctor before participating in this program. The purpose of this Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by a physician before participating in recreational scuba diving. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of a physician. Please answer the following questions on your past and present medical history with a YES or NO. If you are not sure, answer YES. If any of these items apply to you, we must request that you consult with a physician prior to participating in scuba diving. Your PADI Professional will supply you with a PADI Medical Statement and Guidelines for Recreational Scuba Diver’s Physical Examination to take to a physician.
Do you currently have an ear infection?
Do you have a history of ear disease, hearing loss or problems with balance?
Do you have a history of ear or sinus surgery?
Are you currently suffering from a cold, congestion, sinusitis or bronchitis?
Do you have a history of respiratory problems, severe attacks of hayfever or allergies, or lung disease?
Have you had a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or history of chest surgery?
Do you have active asthma or history of emphysema or tuberculosis?
Are you currently taking medication that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
Do you have behavioral health, mental or psychological problems or a nervous system disorder?
Are you or could you be pregnant?
Do you have a history of colostomy?
Do you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
Do you have a history of high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
Do you have a history of bleeding or other blood disorders?
Do you have a history of diabetes?
Do you have a history of seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
Do you have a history of back, arm or leg problems following an injury, fracture or surgery?
Do you have a history of fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?
If you are just looking to try SCUBA diving without being certified, come out with us on one of our late afternoon charters.
You will be placed in a small group with other beginner divers lead by one of our excellent SCUBA Instructors. Our Instructors will give you a short lesson on SCUBA diving before going on the boat. They will show you the basic gear and teach you some basic skills that you will then practice on your first dive. After you are comfortable our Instructor will then take you on a nice tour of the reef for your second dive and show you all the interesting marine life that we see here in Hawaii!
We will ask you to sign some liabilities here in the shop.
We will also ask that you fill out a basic medical questionaire that states you are physically fit to go diving.
If there is a medical issue we ask that you get a doctors note clearing you to go SCUBA diving.