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$189 for an Open-Water Diver Certification Course ($384 Value)
- One 2.5-hour Friday classroom session
- Two pool sessions from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (equipment included)
- Open-water ocean dives on the following weekend (equipment not included)
- SSI student kit with manual, workbooks, dive tables, folder, and bag
- SSI logbook
A classroom lesson commences the open-water diver certification course, covering fundamental diving techniques and other material in the SSI student kit. On the following days, students adapt to their equipment and underwater maneuvers during pool sessions, clad in school-provided scuba gear. They meet the following weekend to earn their certification with ocean dives, which can take place at Salt Point State Park, Stillwater Cove Regional Park, or Monterey. (Students will need to arrange their own transportation.)
All participants must provide or purchase their own mask, fins, snorkel, boots, and gloves; students receive a 10% discount on all dive shop purchases. For the open-water dives on the second weekend, scuba equipment rental is an additional $106.50, or students may purchase their own gear. Click here for a class schedule.
Sonoma Coast Divers
After leading expeditions in search of underwater treasure, the instructors of Sonoma Coast Divers show their students how to cook and eat the spoils—abalone. They try to conclude each of their abalone diving classes with a group picnic, where everyone can compare their catch in hopes of snagging a record-size shell. Persistent hunters can even compete in the autumn's abalone cook-off, part of a Halloween celebration that includes subaquatic pumpkin carving.
These special events highlight the dive venue's dual emphasis on community and adventure. Whether they are hosting a scuba-certification class, a Stress & Rescue course, or a simple air-fill service, the staff freely shares their passion for oceanic exploration. Their training pathways safely transform patrons from first-time pool divers into instructor-level dive masters. By filling their curriculum with specialty courses—such as night diving, wreck diving, and bubble collecting—they inspire guests to pursue different disciplines. They also plan several trips for all skill levels, guiding tours through local kelp forests and planning weeklong retreats to Caribbean islands.
“Staff is expert and friendly.”