Channel Islands Scuba has been locally owned and operated in Ventura County since 1988. Mike Schechter owns and runs the shop with his family. We are a family of divers wanting to spread our love of diving with other families.
Mike loves to teach people about scuba diving. He knows from personal experience that the love for scuba can quickly become a life-altering passion. In six short years, he’s gone from being open water certified to owning his own dive shop. He wants to share this passion with other divers in Southern California and beyond. We don’t just want to certify you, we want to help you become a diver.
At Channel Islands Scuba, we take our diving skills and apply them to things that matter. We volunteer for ecological surveys and are volunteer members of the Ventura County Search and Rescue Team.
Channel Islands Scuba is a dedicated Dive shop, giving us the specialized knowledge to meet all your diving needs. We are certified with the following organizations:
TRI Air Testing
Channel Islands Scuba has been awarded SSI’s Diamond Dive Center Award, which goes only to Dive Centers that meet stringent requirements from SSI, this is your indication that we are “the best of the best” when it comes to Dive Training. Because SSI stands behind our performance, you can rest assured that you are learning from true professionals in the dive industry.
DAN is the premier source for diving physiology, medical assistance, and dive insurance. As DAN Industry Partners, all of our students receive complimentary dive insurance that covers them during their Open Water training.
Membership in DEMA ensures that we are staying in touch with equipment updates in the dive industry.With a keen focus on conservation and protection of our aquatic resources, DEMA and their members are working hard to ensure you can dive for years to come.
SCUBA cylinders are filled to high pressure. Without proper maintenance, inspection, and testing, they could pose a significant hazard. PSI-PCI is devoted to training inspectors on how to identify issues and properly perform air station operations, to keep cylinders in a safe operating condition. Certification as a Premier Facility indicates that all of our staff are trained on proper air station operations, and that we use only PSI-PCI trained inspectors for visual inspection and maintenance on not only our cylinders, but our customers’ as well.
TRI Air Testing
As divers, we have a saying, “as long as you have air, you’re okay.” But that air needs to be high quality – proper oxygen level, proper dryness, particle free, oil free… The list goes on and on. Given that air needs to be compressed mechanically to get to the required pressures to fill cylinders, a lot can happen. That is why we test our air and post the results in the shop. You deserve to know that we are maintaining our equipment, and that the air you are breathing from our fills meets standards. It is your link back to the surface. Don’t accept air fills from a shop that isn’t willing to share this information with you.