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scuba: One-On-one training & coaching

If you are looking for the best training in the Bay Area or Monterey County, then look no further. Bamboo Reef's private training and coaching are designed specifically to give you the best experience possible. Our instructors are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and prepare you for your next great dive adventure

*Regardless of where your class location is, all ocean dives are located in Monterey Bay, California.


Learn to SCUBA

Open Water


 Buoyancy & Trim

Finning Techniques

Rescue Skills

1-On-1 Classes:

Specialty Courses

Equipment Specialties


training options


Important information

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

Pool Skills


  • Clearing Water from your Mask & Snorkel

  • Proper Finning Technique


  • Breathing Underwater

  • 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 Mask, Snorkel, Booties, Fins & Gloves.

All students will receive a 10% discount on any equipment purchased for the training.


*Booties, Fins & Gloves are available as an option to rent.

  • Dive Mask

  • Snorkel

  • 5-7mm booties

  • Open Heel Scuba Fins

  • 3-5mm gloves, only required for ocean

  • Bathing suit & towel


Dive Mask





Dive Booties

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Open Heel

Scuba Fins



Dive Gloves

(Required for Ocean Only)

Minimum gear requirements


Facility info


Bamboo Reef - San Francisco

Mon-Fri: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: Storefront closed - Limited entry for classes


  • Classroom

  • Outdoor heated pool (on-site)

  • Changing Rooms

  • Bathroom

  • Store

  • Gear Repair & Air Fills

  • Rentals

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  • Classroom

  • Outdoor pool (off-site)

  • Bathrooms

  • Store

  • Air & Nitrox Fills

  • Rentals

Bamboo Reef - Monterey Bay

Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 6:00pm

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