Open Water Scuba Certification
San Francisco 

You want to scuba dive? We want to make that happen!

With Bamboo Reef, you can complete your Open Water Certification in 4 easy steps.​

Select the schedule and format that suits your schedule 

1.

Attend orientation (free!) and complete your SSI coursework online

2.

Develop practical and safety skills with classroom & pool sessions

3.

Refine your skills over 4 ocean dives to complete your certification

4.
Course requirements
  • Orientation – Attend any FREE Orientation before your first Class

  • Swim Evaluation – 200 Yard Swim & 10min Tread/Float

  • Academic Exam – 50 Questions Multiple Choice

  • Practical Pool Training

  • 4 Open Water Dives

Maximum Training Depth
  • Dives 1 & 2 - 12 meters / 40 feet

  • Dives 3 & 4 -18 meters / 60 feet​

Age requirements
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

  • Students 10-14 are required to book Semi-Private or Private lessons

Gear requirements
  • Gear Requirements - Mask, Snorkel, Booties, Open Heel Fins, and 3/5mm Gloves

Group Class

Maximum 8 students

Classroom, pool, 4 ocean dives

Classroom + pool schedule

Our class and pool sessions run in 3 different formats. Ocean sessions are always on a weekend. Pick the timing that works for you!

Saturday/Sunday Course

  • Tues + Thur Class: 6p-8p

  • Saturday Pool: 12:30p-6:30p

  • Sunday Pool: 12:30p-6:30p

Weekend AM Course

  • Tues + Thur Class: 6p-8p

  • Sat + Sun Pool: 8a-12p

  • Sat + Sun Pool: 8a-12p

 

Evening Course

  • Tues + Thur Class: 6p-8p

  • Tues + Thur Pool: 6p-10p

  • Tues + Thur Pool: 6p-10p

 

Ocean schedule

Once you've completed your class and pool sessions, apply what you've learned over 4 dives at San Carlos Beach in Monterey Bay. 

  • Saturday dives 1 and 2: 8am-2pm 

  • Sunday dives 3 and 4: 8am-2pm

Cost
  • $400 Class & Pool

  • $130 Digital Open Water Course

  • $150 Ocean Checkout Dives

Semi Private Class

1 to 4 students

Just classroom and pool training

Scheduling

At your convenience. Note that there is a maximum of 4 sessions, of 4 hours each. 

$780 per person

  • $650 for Instructor Fees, Class & Pool Sessions, SCUBA Equipment for Pool

  • $130 for SSI Digital Open Water Course: Online & Offline Access, SSI App, Processing Fees & Certification Card

1:1 Class

One on one sessions

Just classroom and pool training

Scheduling

Unlimited sessions. Note that this is for classroom and pool training only. 

$1030 per person

  • $900 includes Instructor Fees, Class & Pool Sessions, SCUBA Equipment for Pool

  • $130 for SSI Digital Open Water Course: Online & Offline Access, SSI App, Processing Fees & Certification Card

Referral program

Tight on time? Do your classroom and pool with Bamboo Reef, and complete your ocean dives with any SCUBA agency, local or abroad. Contact us for assistance with arranging referrals.

Classroom + pool schedule

See the Group Class section for

our 3 class/pool formats, and find the one that fits with your schedule.

Referral

Tell us which shop you'll be completing your certification with, and we'll be sure to send the paperwork along.

$530 per person

  • $400 includes Instructor Fees, Class & Pool Sessions, SCUBA Equipment for Pool Sessions

  • $130 for SSI Digital Open Water Course: Online & Offline Access, SSI App, Processing Fees & Certification Card

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