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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.

Step 1 - Sign up for Class - Choose your class dates with the San Francisco store or the Monterey store.

Step 2 - Home Study & Online Course - Complete your online SSI Open Water Diver course on your own time at your own convenience before your first day of class. The online course takes 4-5 hours to read and complete the 6 chapter review sections.

Step 3 - Select your Ocean Dives - Complete your 4 ocean dives over 2 days with Bamboo Reef in Monterey  or on one of our International Trips.

Step 4 (Optional) - Referral Ocean Dives - Complete your 4 ocean dives on your vacation. Talk to a Bamboo Reef Representative for assistance in setting up your referral dives.

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 2 pm and run for 1 1/2 hours. Please be on time as we do not allow anyone into Orientation after 2 pm.
 
Class/Pool Format -
  • Weekend Class:  Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm with a 1 hour lunch.
  • Evening Class: Tuesday and Thursday (2 weeks) from 6 pm to 10 pm.
  • Private Class: Unlimited Classroom and Pool Sessions with 1 on 1 training. Call for more information
Our scuba classes fill quickly, and size is limited to ten students.
 

$375 + Digital Kit of $125. Each student is required to purchase a Digital Kit which enables them to complete their online study. 
* Does not include SCUBA rental equipment for the ocean dives.*
*$150 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot for the class*

Age Requirements Booking Policy – Open Water Certification Minimum Age is 15 for scheduled classes. Private Lessons are available for Junior Divers Age: 10-14. Bookings must be made by calling a store to arrange private lessons for students under 15. Bookings made online for underage students will be canceled.

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

$370 ALL INCLUSIVE
*Includes online digital materials, equipment for the pool and ocean check out dives. A saving of more than $200.*
*$150 non-refundable deposit will secure your spot for the class*
 

Age Requirements Booking Policy – Open Water Certification Minimum Age is 15 for scheduled classes. Private Lessons are available for Junior Divers Age: 10-14. Bookings must be made by calling a store to arrange private lessons for students under 15. Bookings made online for underage students will be canceled.

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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