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. Academics

You will complete your academics via PADI's Online Training program (PADI eLearning). It is designed so that you can complete the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you then print out your results and bring them to class. Simple as that! Most students report the eLearning takes between 6 and 10 hours to complete. Some students may take longer. Minimum age: 10. *

2. Pool Training (Confined Water Dives)

Once you complete your academics you can begin your pool training in a 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 $169. 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. Minimum age: 10.*

3. Open Water Dives

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, though many prefer to do them in tropical waters in which case we issue a "referral form" documenting the first 2 steps are completed. Divers then take this to any instructor or dive shop in the world to complete their open water dives. Recommended ages for California open water dives: 13 and up. *  Referrals to warm water: 10 and up.

*Students ages 10-14 will receive a PADI Junior Open Water certification. Once certified divers aged 10 and 11 are restricted to a depth no greater than 40ft regardless of experience and must buddy with an active, in teaching status instructor, divemaster or certified parent/legal guardian. Those 12-14 may eventually with proper training and experience dive to a maximum depth of 70ft and must buddy with a certified adult 18 or over. A diver the age of 15 or older is considered an "adult" certification, however 15 and 16 year old's can not buddy with someone under 15 without an adult buddy present. 

Open Water Course Pool Training Dates

Saturday and Sunday roughly 9am to 3pm Unless noted. Subject to change.

Sat & Sun September 21st & 22nd

Sat & Sun September 28th & 29th

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 reserve your pool dates and eLearning pass: $399

Open Water Course Open Water Dive Dates

Ocean “check out" dives.

4 dives over 2 days.


Sat & Sun Aug 17th & 18th (Monterey)

Sat & Sun Sept 28th & 29th (Lakes Tahoe or Folsom TBD:  Incl. camping)

Sat & Sun Oct. 26th & 27th (Monterey)


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

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 $399. Completing the eLearning qualifies you for the open water dives which are $249. 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 Ocean Dives here:

Click Here for to reserve your ocean dates: $249

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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Refer to our FAQ for our cancellation policy.

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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, test diving the equipment in our pool, 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