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

PADI's Online Training program is designed so that you can learn the academics at your own pace when it is convenient for you. You can complete the academics either online (PADI eLearning) or in the traditional format with us in our climate controlled classroom. Choosing the eLearning option allows you to skip the first evenings academics session.

2. Pool Training

Once you complete your academics you can begin your pool training. 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.

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

Academics and Pool: Evening weekday classes 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6pm to 9pm-ish

(Chose the eLearning option to skip the Tuesday night academic session and do it at home online instead)

Aug 8, 10, 15, 17

Aug 22, 24, 29, 31

Sept. 5, 7, 12, 14

Sept. 19, 21, 26, 28

Academics and Pool: Weekend Classes 

Friday 6pm to 9pm-ish, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 3pm-ish

(Chose the eLearning option to skip the Friday evening academic session and do it at home online instead)

Aug 11, 12 & 13

Aug 25, 26, & 27

Sept. 8, 9 and & 10

Sept 22, 23, & 24

Ocean “check out” dives 2017

August 19 &20

Sept 2 & 3

Sept 30 & Oct 1

Oct. 14 & 15

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!

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An important note by the World Recreational Scuba Training Councel (WRSTC) on agency neutral online scuba courses:

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Wallin's Dive Center does not issue nor accept agency neutral online courses.


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