Morning Open Water Class in downtown San Francisco


Classes are broken down into four phases.


1) Orientation: Done online and instructor lead every Tuesday Evening.  


2) Theory 1 & 2: Done online and instructor lead every Tuesday evening. 


3) Pool Sessions: 6:00 AM - 8:30 AM class done on Thursday and Friday. 

    PS: Not as bad as you might suspect ;)  we can add another day if needed.


4) Open Water Check Out: Done at the lake or ocean and it's the class preference. 



Classes are half size and follow the PADI curriculum resulting in a PADI referral/certification. This class cannot be mixed into SSI curriculum. 


This class includes two or three pool sessions (two is standard but we will conduct the 3rd session if needed)

Two online Instructor lead Theory sessions on Tuesday evenings. 



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The Fine Print


-Students must be 18 years of age or older (15 is ok but must discuss) 

-Class sizes are limited to four students (five with a DM and permission from other four students) 

-You will be using for the online learning portion of the class and must have a reliable internet

-You will receive your book and materials in the mail.

-Missing class will result in a delay in certification and a fee.


Total Cost for the Course

As in the REAL cost to take a Diving Course here in the Bay Area

Tuition: $450.00

Book's and Materials: $140.00

PADI Fee:$40.00 (your certification)

---Total cost for a "referral Diver" $630.00-- thus, the above-mentioned cost.

For Ocean Dives: (classes choice)  

One time Weekend Cost -

Ocean: $100.00 

Shadow Cliffs: $50.00

Rentals:$127 (The big stuff, tanks, BCD, Regulator, etc) one-time cost for the entire course.


Read and let's be honest about your shopping experience: 

This undertaking, when it comes to first-time open water students, is going to cost you about $1,200.00 regardless of how you execute it or whom you learn with. Scuba Bay Area loves all dive shops! however, we note the trend in low tuition but high rates in the rental cost. We often see a lack of transparency on pool fees or gear requirements of what one must own vs what one can rent. We understand companies do this to be competitive. It is also a standard in the Bay Area that you are required to own or have possession of Mask, Fins, Gloves, Boots, Snorkle which is another large investment in the event you do not have this gear.

Bottom line : don't be bought into an add that tells you tuition is $100.00 (for example). Places outside the United States may have such a deal but we would leave it to you making sure the dive shop is safe.


 Diving in Monterey is hard! to do it safely and correctly this diving adventure is going to cost about $1,200.00 when you put it all together.


For example; gas, hotel, rentals, meals, everything that it takes to do this course.  We at S.B.A save you a little money by sending you the book, giving you access to the hotel, and vs a private session about 50% on tuition. S.B.A. cost overall 7.5% more because we cut the class in half which, from surveying students, makes a massive difference in the experience. 


Diving Monterey is hard, but with smaller class sizes, the right instruction, we get you ready and many of our students continue on. Bamboo, HaborDive Center, Sinoma Coast Divers, Diver Dans, they are all great shops and will teach you how to build confidence in the water. Despite whom you decided to learn with, we all have two things in common, we enjoy being under the water and we want you the student to become confident. 


MORE Fine Print on Cost

Scuba Bay Area LLC and Bamboo Reef have a partnership for rental and pool use. As do many dive shops we will require you to buy your own personal gear. This is your mask, fins, gloves, boots, and snorkel. Bamboo Reef sells nice packages ranging from $175.00 - $800.00 depending on what you want to spend vs quality and the newest thing on the market. You are not required to buy this gear from Bamboo Reef, you are required to have it. You may barrow or go online. The risk of buying online, you're unable to return the items after use. Bamboo reef will allow you to return an item if it does not fit while you're conducting your pool training.


You also should consider the price of hotels if you're going to the Ocean, most people drive to the lake if you choose the lake. Your dive instructor does happen to be an Army Officer (Part-Time) and if planned correctly can get you a room for $85 - $120.00 + tax per night. He/they, however, can't give you a ride. 

It's true! Diving with Scuba Bay Area cost about 7.5% more than other dive shops. Now, if one takes advantage of the lower cost hotel then you are saving money. However, none the less, you're paying for smaller class size, more convenient gear accessibility, higher quality gear, close-nit instruction, and as many past students would attest to much better instruction overall.  Just remember, total cost overall, just plan to pay over 1K for this endeavor, trust us it's worth it!  

Why this class

Welp, you get a smaller class size which makes a massive difference, additional dives, access to the lower-cost hotel if going to Monterey, much better gear than other dive shops, a one on one session if needed, and a lot of individual attention. 


This class is intended to appeal to folks that work in downtown San Francisco and want to go for that nice morning swim prior to work. The major plus (as you can read in the Yelp reviews) is the instruction. Here is a yelp link:






San Francisco CA
 Tel: 925-518-5405​
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