San Francisco (415) 362-6694
Monterey Bay (831) 372-1685

Learn to Scuba Dive

Getting certified with Bamboo Reef Dive Centers is easy. We have broken down the certification process into 3 easy steps.

Sign up for Class/Pool - Choose between a Weekend Course or an Evening Course.

Home Study & Online Course - Complete your SSI Open Water Diver class on your own time at your own convience. The online course takes 4-5 hours to read and complete the 6 chapter review sections.

Sign up for the Ocean - Complete your 4 ocean dives with Bamboo Reef in Monterey or on one of our trips, or on your vacation.

San Francisco Program

Based in the heart of San Francisco our store has been in the same location for 50 years and features a heated pool on site!

Required Orientation - Attend any FREE Saturday Orientation before your first Class/Pool dates. No signups needed. No reservations required.  Orientations begin at 2pm and run for 1 1/2 hours. Please be on time as we do not allow anyone into Orientation after 2pm.
Class/Pool Format -
  • Weekend Class:  Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm with a 1 hour lunch.
  • Evening Class: Tuesday and Thursday (2 weeks) from 6pm to 10pm.
  • Private Class: Call for more information
Our scuba classes fill quickly, and size is limited to ten students.

$350 + Digital Kit of $120. Each student is required to purchase a Digital Kit which enables them to complete their online study. 
* Does not include rental of equipment for the ocean check out dives.
A $150 non-refundable deposit secures your spot in the class, deposits are transferable up to 7 days before your class. The remaining balance is due on the first day of class.

BOOK ONLINE NOW or Call (415) 362-6694


Monterey Program

Bamboo Reef Monterey which has been voted best dive shop in Monterey 10 times, is located just off Cannery Row and the San Carlos beach where many divers complete their Check Out dives.

We offer small classes sizes of no more than 6 students. Students enrolled in our Monterey Bay Open Water classes are not required to own snorkeling packages, but it is recommended for best comfort & fit and can be purchased 10-20% off regular pricing.

10% discount for CSUMB and military on all equipment sales.

Class/Pool Format - 
  • Open Water Class

- Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 pm to 9 pm for academics review.

- Saturday and Sunday at the pool from 7 am to 11:30 am.

- Saturday and Sunday on the following weekend in the ocean from 7 am to 1 pm both days.

  • Private Class: Call for more information

* Includes online digital materials, equipment for the pool and ocean check out dives. A saving of more than $200.
A $150 non-refundable deposit secures your spot in the class, deposits are transferable up to 7 days before your class. The remaining balance is due on the first day of class.


BOOK ONLINE NOW or Call (831) 372-1685

Please call us with any questions or for more information. Our professional and friendly staff will be happy to assist you with your scuba diving needs.

Because fit and comfort are very important, and to enhance your diving experience, each student must have their own personal snorkeling equipment - mask, fins, snorkel, boots and gloves. We sell a wide variety of most major brands of SCUBA equipment, and our professional staff will be happy to assist you in the proper selection of your equipment. Bamboo Reef will supply the remainder of the SCUBA gear for the pool training sessions.  Rental of SCUBA gear for the ocean dive weekend is available.

To become certified, you will be required to complete Ocean Scuba Dives, over two days. Your Open Water Training is completed by performing a minimum of four ocean dives, held over two days in Monterey.  If you wish to complete your certification dives on vacation we are happy to provide a Universal Referral Package.  Take this package to an active SCUBA instructor anywhere in the world to complete your two days of ocean training.  We’ll be happy to assist you with a recommendation from our vast diving experiences.


1 San Francisco store has a pool on Site.  Check with Monterey on their pool facilities

All classes require a non-refundable deposit at the time of registration.

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Business Hours

San Francisco
Mon-Fri: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 5:30pm

Tel: (415) 362-6694
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Monterey Bay
Mon-Fri: 09:00am - 6:00pm
Sat: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sun: 7.00am - 6.00pm

Tel: (831) 372-1685
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