PADI Open Water Scuba Certification

If you're interested in scuba diving lessons on the San Francisco peninsula, you found the right place. Wallin's Dive Center offers all PADI diving courses from Open Water through Master Scuba Diver and Divemaster, along with a myriad of specialties. Whether you're a new diver looking to hone your skills with a specialty course or interested in going pro as a PADI Divemaster, Wallin's is the dive shop for you. 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 (PADI eLearning) or in the traditional format by independed 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 take about 1 hour. Elearners (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 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, gloves). 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.

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

Choose either weekday evening classes or weekend classes.

Academics and Pool: Evening weekday classes 

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

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm to 10pm . Students must attend both evenings.


Oct. 3rd & 5th

Oct. 24th and 26th

Nov. 14th & 16th

Nov. 28th & 30th

Dec. 5th & 7th

Dec. 12th & 14th

Dec. 19th & 21st


Jan. 9th & 11th

Jan. 16th & 18th

Jan. 23rd & 25th

Jan. 30th & Feb. 1

Feb. 6th & 8th

Academics and Pool: Weekend Classes 

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

Saturdays and Sundays, 9am to 3pm. Students must attend both evenings.


Oct. 7th & 8th

Oct. 21st & 22nd

Nov. 18th & 19th

Dec. 2nd & 3rd

Dec. 16th & 17th


Jan. 6th & 7th

Jan 20th & 21st

Ocean “check out” dives 


Sept 30th & Oct 1st

Oct. 14th & 15th

Nov. 11th & 12th

Dec. 9th & 10th


Jan 27th & 28th

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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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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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 master scuba diver rating!

PADI Advanced Open Water