PADI Open Water Scuba Certification

If you're interested in scuba diving lessons on the San Francisco peninsula, you found the right place. We are California's only scuba center with 100% 5-star Yelp ratings.  As an Authorized PADI Dive Center, this certification means we stand out for training divers from beginners to the professional level.  Wouldn't you want to learn to dive from seasoned professionals?  At Wallin's Dive Center, we've been giving scuba lessons for more than 50 years!

Steps to Scuba Certification

1. Open Water Academics

You can complete the academics either online (via PADI eLearning) or in the traditional format by independent study with the PADI Open Water workbook and DVD. PADI's Online Training program (PADI eLearning) is designed so that you can complete the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you.  If you choose the book/DVD option, you must visit the store prior to the scheduled pool session have your homework checked and quizzes administered by one of our PADI instructors. This will take about 2 hours. ELearners (i.e. online) complete all their quizzes online.

2. Pool Training

Once you complete your academics you can begin your pool training in our on-site heated pool. Your instructor will put into practice the techniques you learned in the academics program. Our instructor ratios set us apart from the competition: maximum 6-1, usually less. Your pool training dives will be logged and approved by your instructor before you move on to open water. Your tuition includes all the major pieces of scuba gear for the pool session. You only need your personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins, booties, and if you do your checkout dives in Monterey, you will also need gloves). We offer these items for sale discounted for students with packages starting at $199. Once you complete the pool training, you have the option to do the "check out" open water dives with us in Monterey or in a tropical destination of your choice. The latter is called an "open water referral" and since we are PADI, every dive shop in the world will accept our referral paperwork without question or confusion. This is not true for any of the other certification agencies.

3. Open Water Training

Get ready to experience everything you've learned with the freedom of open water!  As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your instructor you will be a certified diver. The four checkout dives are typically conducted over two weekend days in beautiful Monterey, California. PADI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide so your diving experiences will be limitless!

Open Water Course Training Dates 2017-2018:

You have two scheduling options: either weekday evening classes or weekend daytime classes.

Academics and Pool: Evening weekday class option. 

Your pool training will be conducted over two 4-hour evenings sessions. Students must attend both evenings.

Independent study ("Traditional" workbook and video or eLearning) must be completed before first class meeting.

Note: "Traditional " students completing the academics via the workbook and video must attend a roughly 2 hour academics session at the training center by appointment before the pool training dates to complete your quizzes and exams.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm to 10pm.


Tues & Thurs July 17th & July 19th

Tues & Thurs July 24th & July 26th

Tues & Thurs July 31st & August 2nd

Tues & Thurs August 7th & 9th

Tues & Thurs August 14th & 16th

Tues & Thurs August 21st & 23rd

Tues & Thurs August 28th & 30th

Tues & Thurs September 4th & 6th

Tues & Thurs September 11th & 13th

Tues & Thurs September 18th & 20th

Tues & Thurs September 25th & 27th



Academics and Pool: Weekend Classes 

Independent study (book and DVD or eLearning) must be completed before first class meeting.

Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to ~2pm. Students must attend both days.


Sat & Sun June 30th & July 1st

Sat & Sun July 14th & 15th

Sat & Sun July 20th & 21st

Sat & Sun July 28th & 29th

Sat & Sun Aug 4th & 5th

Sat & Sun Aug 18th & 19th

Sat & Sun Sept 1st & 2nd

More to come.


Ocean “check out” dives 


Sat & Sun July 21st & 22nd (At Lake Tahoe: Add'l fees apply)

Sat & Sun Aug 11th & 12th

Sat & Sun Sept. 8th & 9th

Sat & Sun Oct. 13th & 14th

Sat & Sun Nov. 3rd & 4th


This list is not all inclusive. Due to our on-site pool and resident instructors we are able to fit any schedule. If you don't see a date that works for you here, give us a call. We are adding custom and semi-custom classes every day! Have a pool with a deep end? We will send an instructor to you!

Call now! (650) 591-5641

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The pricing for the PADI Open Water Course if broken into two parts. The academics/pool and the open water dives. The first part,  academics/pool has two learning options: 1) eLearning (online) or 2) traditional book and video. The eLearning option with pool training is $399, and the traditional book/video option with pool training is $325. Completing either of these options qualifies you for the open water dives which are $199. All equipment is included apart from personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins, and, if you go complete your open water dives in the temperate waters of Monterey, booties and gloves.) Students may also elect to complete the open water dives at a tropical warm water destination of their choosing.


Purchase the PADI Open Water Course with traditional book and video here:

Click Here for Book/Video Option: $325


Purchase the PADI Open Water Course with eLearning option here. We will send you an eLearning access pass and link to sign in.

Click Here for eLearning (online) Option: $399



Please download and read the PADI Medical Waiver to determine if you need to have a doctor sign you off prior to participating in SCUBA activities.

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Considering the Internet for Dive Equipment?
Before you consider any internet purchase of dive equipment, please check with us first.  We compare very favorably with any internet site, and feature the added benefits of the same or better pricing, hands-on evaluation and product comparisons, expert advice, assembly & inspection, fitting, warranty activation, parts-for-life programs where applicable, and future repair. We offer a fit guarantee. If you are not happy with your gear during the pool session, you can exchange it for full value. 

What's next?

Once you've become a PADI Open Water Diver, your education is just beginning.  Why not take on a new challenge with PADI Advanced Open Water Diver? If you did a warm water referral and would like to be able to dive in the temperate waters of California, the Advanced Open Water Course is one way to convert your warm water certification to a temperate water certification! And don't forget, the PADI Advanced Open Water Course counts towards your specialty and PADI Master Scuba Diver rating!

PADI Advanced Open Water