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.




San Francisco

(415) 362-6694

584 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

Business hours
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
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
Mark Stanley


Brian Stanley


Adam Lester

Shop Manager - Monterey Bay

John Darrin

Social Media & Marketing Manager

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