Frequently Asked Questions
The Referral course is recommended for students who wish to start their dive training with us, then complete their open water dives and certification at another location. If you plan to travel to a tropical dive destination, the Referral course is a great way to optimize your time since you will complete all of the home study and pool training before your trip. This is also a great option if you do not want to dive in colder waters. The Non-Referral course is the complete training program, and includes four open water dives completed over two days in Monterey, California. Once you have successfully completed the Non-Referral course, you will be a certified PADI Open Water Diver!
The Open Water Diver Non-Referral course is $599. The Open Water Diver Referral course is $359. Please visit the courses page for more information on available courses.
Everything you need to complete the course is included in the price. For the Open Water Diver Non-Referral course, this includes PADI eLearning home study materials and all equipment needed for the pool and ocean sessions. For the Open Water Diver Referral course, this includes PADI eLearning home study materials and all the equipment needed for the pool session only. You can find complete details on the courses page.
Yes, you need to have basic swimming skills to scuba dive. You will need to pass a 200 yard swim test without stopping, or be able to swim 300 yards with mask, fins, and snorkel, without stopping.
Our pool sessions are held in an indoor, heated, saltwater pool that averages about 89°F (31.6°C). The average ocean temperature in Monterey, California is 55°F (12.7°C) year round, but you will be provided with a wetsuit, hood, gloves and booties to keep you warm.
The minimum age requirement is 10 years of age. Student divers younger than 15 years of age will earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, which they may upgrade to PADI Open Water Diver certification upon reaching the age of 15. Please contact us for more information on scheduling a PADI Junion Open Water Diver course.
Please refer to our calendar. Classroom and pool sessions are completed over two days, on a Tuesday and Thursday of the same week. Accelerated classes are offered with a single day classroom and pool session on Saturdays. Classes fill quickly, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as you have a date in mind. Please check the calendar for availability. Private courses can also be scheduled.
We estimate that eLearning (home study) will take about 8-10 hours. Regular classroom and pool work are then completed over 2 sessions, which are about 4 hours each. Acelerated sessions are completed over 1 session lasting about 7 hours. Finally, the ocean dives are completed over 2 days.
The pool is located at Anderson's, 541 Oceana Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044. Weekday classes begin at 6:00pm (sharp), and end about 10:00pm. Saturday accelerated pool sessions begin at 2:00pm, and end about 9:00pm.
Please bring a printout of your eLearning completion summary, original registration/liability/medical release forms, swimsuit, and towel.
We will meet at Breakwater Scuba, 225 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940. We will start at 8:00am both Saturday and Sunday.
No, students who do not complete the coursework, or cannot perform the skills necessary to pass PADI's requirements will not be considered a safe and competent diver. Of course, if you are unable to pass, we will make reasonable accommodations for students to make up any requirements for certification.
All course fees are non-refundable. Please refer to our Refund and Rescheduling policy for more details on rescheduling your class. Once you have begun the course, you have one year from the date of your pool session to complete your training.
You are more than welcome to come back within a reasonable time frame to follow up on a pool or ocean session. Please contact us for more information.