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welcome to your open water scuba class!

Learning to SCUBA dive is one of life’s greatest joys! More than 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water and what lies beneath is only accessible by SCUBA diving. From the far north kelp forests of Canada to the tropical coral reefs of Indonesia, or the freshwater, sun dappled cenotes of Mexico, scuba diving will allow you to explore all these environments. Dive with otters and harbor seals, view sunken shipwrecks, swim through large overhangs and tunnels formed by coral reef. SCUBA diving is a life changing activity that will redefine how you look at the world.

Get scuba certified in
Starting at $350

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:


Sign up & complete
your NAUI e-Learning at
home on your
own time before class.


Attend 4hrs of Zoom sessions for a short academic review & to answer any questions


Develop basic snorkel
skills into Scuba skills
while growing familiar
with your gear in the pool.


Complete 4 ocean dives over 2 days to earn your SCUBA Certification - in Monterey or by Referral

Class calendar

Class requirements

Diver requirements

  • Swim Evaluation - 200 meter swim & 10min tread/float

  • Academic Exam - 50 question exam (multiple choice)

  • Practical Pool Training

  • 4 Open Water Dives


  • Dives 1 & 2:

       Min: 5 meters / 15 feet
       Max: 12 meters / 40 feet

  • Dives 3 & 4:

       Min: 5 meters / 15 feet
       Max: 18 meters / 60 feet


  • Minimum Age: 15 years old

  • Students 14 and under are required to book private lessons

Required gear

  • 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)


Bathing Suit

& Towel

*Student discount*

Ask about your student discount and student packages for any equipment you need, or check out our online store or physical location for any equipment you might need.

Facility info

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Bamboo Reef - Monterey Bay

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


  • Classroom

  • Outdoor pool (off-site)

  • Bathrooms

  • Store

  • Air & Nitrox Fills

  • Rentals

ocean schedule & info

After our class and time in the pool, we’ll head to the ocean and complete 4 awesome ocean dives over the weekend in Monterey


What to expect

Water Temps: ~ 55°F/ 13°C

You may encounter Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Sea Otters, Rockfish, Starfish, Anemones, Crabs, Sand Dollars, & more!

Transportation & lodging

We do not offer any transportation in Monterey, but highly recommend having a car to ease the transport of dive gear.

We do not offer lodging or weekend accommodations. But we recommend staying at these diver friendly hotels: *Lone Oak Lodge or the *Stage Coach.


*Ask For the Diver Discount w/ Bamboo Reef!

Dive site - location

San Carlos Beach

Monterey Bay, California

Weekend breakdown

Saturday & Sunday

7am to 2pm

Don't Forget to bring:

  • Dive logbook or download mySSI app for digital logs

  • Snacks, light lunch & plenty of water

  • Reef safe sun screen

  • Rental scuba gear - Pick up at Bamboo Reef Monterey

  • Personal scuba gear

  • Bathing suit & towel

  • Jacket

  • Card payment for parking

meet the locals of monterey

And your future dive buddies!

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