About Us

Bamboo Reef has been serving Bay Area divers since 1961, and Monterey Bay divers since 1970.  We are proud to be one of a handful of SSI Platinum Training Facilities worldwide, which means we have the experience and knowledge to train dive instructors as well as students. 

 

Founded by Al Giddings in 1961, the business was owned and operated from 1972-2016 by Sal Zammitti; with 5 stores throughout the Bay Area at one point. Bamboo Reef is now owned by the father/son team of Mark and Brian Stanley. 

Brian and Mark have been working in the SCUBA industry since 2004 and have more than 30 years of experience between the 2 of them.

 

Join the Bay Area's most experienced operator when you are looking for diving lessons, equipment, or travel. See what Bamboo Reef has to offer and join us in the world below.

Brian

Mark

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San Francisco
Monterey

(415) 362-6694

584 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Business hours

*Yes, we're back to normal business hours now!*
Mon-Fri: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Sunday: Closed

 

Located down the road from Oracle Park, the original Bamboo Reef sits nestled in Mission Bay, San Francisco. With it’s door’s first open in 1961, Bamboo Reef has catered to thousands of divers all across the globe.

(831) 372-1685

614 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, CA 93940

 

Business hours

*Yes, we're back to normal business hours now!*
Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 7.00am – 6.00pm

 

Located just a couple of blocks from the historic Cannery Row, Bamboo Reef Scuba Diving Centers Monterey has been voted best dive shop 10 times by Monterey County Weekly! Come to the Monterey shop for…

  • Daily guided scuba dives in the majestic kelp beds of Monterey Bay

  • An air, nitrox, or trimix fill from our state of the art “Big Bamboo” blending station

“I love diving and traveling with Bamboo Reef because it is always a great group of divers that come out for the fun dives and trips! 

 

There are always plenty of experienced Bamboo Reef instructors and dive masters who are happy to help and make sure everyone is safe and comfortable during the dives. 

 

I always have a relaxing and fun time, and I’ve made a ton of new friends in the diving community by diving with Bamboo Reef. "

 

—  Felicia Svedlund

Fiji 2019, Eddie Gomez

Meet the Crew
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Mark Stanley

Owner

Jose Salazar

José is one of Monterey’s jack-of-all-trades. He is an excellent scuba guide and freediver, and his spearfishing can supply the whole shop with halibut for months. Commonly referred to as our most beautiful employee, he is skilled at carrying doubles and whipping up a trimix or a nitrox cold brew. If he’s not at the shop, José is likely in the ocean with friends or playing with our favorite employee, his dog-hter, Anaya. Next time you're in town, stop by and say hello!

Rosemary 'Rosy' Mena-Werth

Rosy bounces around our Monterey store in a variety of roles. Her specialties include leading scuba tours, adding puns to our social media, filling the store with plush nudibranchs, and eating burritos. Although she has a strong love of marine invertebrates, her appreciation for fish and spearing is quickly growing. 

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Brian Stanley

Owner

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Adam Lester

Adam is the manager of Bamboo Reef Monterey as well as our longest standing full-time employee. An avid storyteller, he will quickly befriend everyone who comes by and recount wild tales of his spearfishing and scuba diving exploits. His love of gear is a close second to his love of people, and he can go into great detail about any of our products. Whether someone needs a new speargun band, wants to compare drysuit brands, or likes chatting about local spots and conditions, Adam is your guy!

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Nettie Bodwell

Nettie is one of Monterey’s instructors and employees. She is the shop’s very own Rapunzel whose love of the water is second only to her love of sea nettles (which were probably named after her). All animals, from horn sharks to shop puppies, flock to her, but her work ethic keeps her and everyone else busy. She excels at everything she does from teaching classes to fixing regulators. We are so lucky to have her!

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John Darrin

Social Media & Marketing Manager

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