Learn to Scuba Dive

Course Info


Our Scuba Lessons program involves a home study system which utilizes manuals, study guides, and videos to thoroughly prepare our students in the academics of diving, minimizing classroom hours, and allowing our instructors to concentrate on pool training.



San Francisco
Based in the heart of San Francisco our store has been in the same location for 50 years and features a heated pool on site!

Monterey Bay 
Our store is located just off Cannary Row and the San Carlos beach where many divers complete their Check Out dives.



All classes, require Home studyClassroom knowledge review and Pool training in our own heated pool on the premises1 to make learning to dive convenient, easy and fun.

A two hour orientation class is required before you begin our Open Water program.  This orientation reviews the requirements, home study materials, schedule, and ocean dive options.  We offer free orientations every Saturday afternoon at 2pm.  A private orientation can be arranged, for a slight fee ($40.00).

For your convenience, we offer three options to complete your classroom and pool training:

  1. Evening programs meet two nights a week for two weeks.  Classes meet from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  2. Weekend programs meet Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  3. Private Lessons may be tailored to your personal learning style and individual scheduling needs.

Your Open Water Training is completed by performing a minimum of four ocean dives, held over two days in Monterey.  If you wish to complete your certification dives on vacation we are happy to provide a Universal Referral Package.  Take this package to an active SCUBA instructor anywhere in the world to complete your two days of ocean training.  We’ll be happy to assist you with a recommendation from our vast diving experiences.

Our scuba classes fill quickly, and size is limited to ten students.  Reservations can be made by placing a $50.00 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit at the time of registration.  The balance is due at the first class meeting and is non-refundable/non-transferable upon receipt.

Because fit and comfort are very important, and to enhance your diving experience, each student must have their own personal snorkeling equipment - mask, fins, snorkel, boots and gloves. We sell a wide variety of most major brands of SCUBA equipment, and our professional staff will be happy to assist you in the proper selection of your equipment. Bamboo Reef will supply the remainder of the SCUBA gear for the pool training sessions.  Rental of SCUBA gear for the ocean dive weekend is available.

To become certified, you will be required to complete Ocean Dives, over two days.



Classes are available during Evenings, Weekends, or via private tution by arrangement.

Each of our stores run there own program and schedules to cater to local needs
Make sure you check with the store for their specific program.