These are just a few of our frequently asked questions and answers.  If you don't see what you're looking for here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

General FAQ's

What are the course prerequisites?
  • Proof of scuba certification
The PADI Master Scuba Diver Program was created to make true master divers. The program requires a new open water diver to complete five Specialties, (e.g, Night Diver, Boat Diver, Drysuit Diver, Altitude Diver, Nitrox Diver etc.) plus the Rescue Diver Course, and show proof of log 50 dives. PADI feels a diver will be a true Master Scuba Diver after these steps accomplished
Yes! Heated to a toasty 80 degrees year-round, it makes a great location for all of our scuba classes
Wallin's Dive Center is located in San Mateo near the intersections of Highway 92 and El Camino Real. We are located at: W 20th Avenue & O'Farrell Street, San Mateo, CA 94403. Follow the Wallin's signs to our entrance at the rear of the San Mateo Elks Lodge. You will not be able to enter through the Elks' main entrance, so please look for the signs.

Summer Hours

  • Mon:    11am to 6pm
  • Tues:    11am to 6pm
  • Wed:    Closed
  • Thur:   11am to 6pm
  • Fri:       11am to 6pm
  • Sat:      12pm to 6pm
  • Sun:     12pm to 5pm

Closed for the following Holidays:

Easter, Thanksgiving, July 4th, Labor Day.

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver

  • The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, heat loss, tides, currents, waves, surge, etc.
  • Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.
  • Dive equipment selection, assembly, use and maintenance
  • Dive planning
  • Basic scuba skills including mask and regulator skills, swimming underwater, buoyancy control, basic rescue techniques, and emergency procedures
  • And much more!
Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent. Junior Open Water Scuba divers: 10 – 14 years old.
Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent. Junior Open Water Scuba divers: 10 – 14 years old.

Dry Suit Diver

  • No. The rental will be an extra fee of at least $65
  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Minimum age 18, 12 with parental consent

Full Face Mask Diver

  • All your academic and pool work will be FREE!
  • The FFM demo is a 3 hour academic and pool experience to introduce you full face mask diving and communication units.
  • The specialty certification class includes academic, pool and two open water dives.  Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certification card.
  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent

PADI Advanced Scuba Diver Program

  • Complete the Prerequisite: Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Complete five adventure dives including one Deep Dive (60+feet) and one Navigation Dive.
  • Junior Open Water Divers can earn a Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

PADI Night Diver

  • Light handling and communication techniques.
  • Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.
  • Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behavior at night.
  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Minimum age 18 , 10 with parental consent

PADI Nitrox Diver

  • Increased safety margins
  • Reduced post dive fatigue
  • Extended no-decompression times
  • Physiology of using different breathing gas mixtures and equipment considerations for using nitrox
  • How to safely use nitrox mixtures up to 40 percent with a dive computer
  • Advantages and disadvantages of utilizing nitrox mixtures, how to analyze a nitrox mixture
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent
  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver, or current enrollment in that course