welcome to THE open water Certification process!
Learning to SCUBA dive is one of life's greatest joys, and Bamboo Reef is the premier training center in San Francisco and the Bay Area for SCUBA Diving! With over 70% of the Earth's surface covered by water, the hidden wonders beneath are only accessible through SCUBA diving. Whether you're venturing into the far north kelp forests of Canada, exploring the tropical coral reefs of Indonesia, or diving into the freshwater cenotes of Mexico, SCUBA diving opens doors to breathtaking environments.
At Bamboo Reef, you'll embark on your underwater journey in the pristine waters of Monterey Bay, California. Dive alongside playful otters and curious harbor seals, discover the mysteries of sunken shipwrecks, and glide through mesmerizing coral reef tunnels. This life-changing activity will not only redefine how you look at the world but will also set you on a path to explore the incredible underwater landscapes our planet has to offer. Dive into the adventure with Bamboo Reef today!
*Regardless of where your class location is, all ocean checkout dives occur in Monterey Bay, California.
Get Ready for scuba training in
4 EASY STEPS!
Are you looking to go diving underwater? We are here to help!
With Bamboo Reef Dive Centers you can complete your certification in these four steps:
Book your time slots for your training over the phone or online!
Classes book up fast and your next dive trip is just around the corner.
Don't wait! Do it NOW!
Complete all necessary paperwork - Training Agreement, Liability Forms, Medical Waiver.
Most IMPORTANTLY, complete all of your Online Home Study before your first session
*At your leisure 😉*
Academics and Knowledge Review
Test your knowledge against your instructor and prove you didn't just watch the online videos 🤣
This is a key time to prepare for your Exam.
Pool Sessions - Now the real fun begins!
Jump in the water and start familiarizing yourself with your new equipment.
Develop proficiency underwater and you'll be swimming like a shark and stinging like a jelly!
Class schedule options
Pool - Swim Assessment
* The Swim Assessment is designed to gauge your in water comfort and identify any weakness before we begin. You do not need to be an expert swimmer but a confident one*
200 metre swim without rest - no time limit
10 minute tread or survival float
Age & Depth Limitations
Junior Divers - Under 15 years of age
Minimum age 10 years old
Under 12 yrs must dive with an instructor at all times
12 to 14 years of age may dive with a parent or guardian
Recommended Depth Limitation - 40 FT / 12 M
*Divers in Training under 15 years of age are required to enroll in private sessions*
Open Water Divers - 15 years or older
Recommended Depth Limitation - 60 FT / 18 M
Clearing Water from your Mask & Snorkel
Proper Finning Technique
Equipment Familiarization & Troubleshooting
Neutral Buoyancy Control
Entries & Exits, Descents & Ascents
Buddy Skills - communication, assistance, & rescue
Emergency Training - lost weights, low/out of air
Many More Skills
Fitness Recommendations: SCUBA Diving is an equipment intensive sport. You should be prepared to carry heavy equipment and to swim in various conditions, including currents.
Comfortable carrying 30 to 60 lbs of WET gear
Decent Kinesthetic Awareness - meaning you should know how your limbs move in a given space without visual feedback.
Decent Cardiovascular Fitness & Endurance to engage in 1 to 3 hours of total diving
Every student is required to have their own personal gear. Bamboo Reef offers all enrolled students 10% off any equipment you may need, including the ability to exchange gear that does not fit properly or meet your physical needs.
Open Heel Scuba Fins
3-5mm gloves, only required for ocean
Bathing suit & towel
(Required for Ocean Only)
Minimum gear requirements
Outdoor heated pool (on-site)
Gear Repair & Air Fills