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 training 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 watching a video. 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. 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 Pool Training Dates

Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm


 Jan 5th & 6th

Jan 19th & 20th

 Jan 26th & 27th

Feb 2nd & 3rd

Open Water Course Ocean Dives Dates

Ocean “check out” dives in Monterey  7am-1pm

4 dives over 2 days.


Sat & Sun Jan 12th & 13th

Sat & Sun Feb 9th & 10th


We have the best prices in the Bay Area! No surprise or hidden cost!

The pricing for the PADI Open Water Course is broken into two parts. The academics/pool and the open water dives. The academics are completed via PADI's online eLearning program with 2 days of pool training is $419. Completing the eLearning 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.) These will be sized by your PADI Instructor the morning of your pool session. We have a fit and price match guarantee. 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 eLearning option here. We will send you an eLearning access pass and link to sign in.

Click Here for to Book Your Class : $419

Purchase the PADI Open Water Course Ocean Dives here:

Click Here for to reserve your ocean dates: $199

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?
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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