Learn to Dive!
PADI Open Water Diver


Have you always wanted to learn to scuba dive and explore the underwater world? Dive in and get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course!

Training to become a certified scuba diver is comprised of three components:

  • Scuba Theory

    You will learn the theory related to the fundamentals of scuba diving, required equipment, and safe diving protocols. You will be quizzed on what you learned and a final exam will be administered to assess your knowledge. This component can be completed online through PADI eLearning (learn more about eLearning) or in a classroom setting with your instructor. Please note that the online option is more expensive.

  • Confined Water (Pool) Training

    You will learn, practice, and develop proficiency in scuba skills in a controlled environment.

  • Open Water (Ocean) Training

    You will demonstrate your scuba skills in an open water environment. This involves four scuba dives and one snorkel/free-dive and is usually completed over one weekend, two dives each day. Ocean dives are typically conducted in Monterey. We also offer the option to complete your ocean dives at many of our travel destinations!

Age Requirements

  • You can earn a scuba certification as early as 10 years old!
  • Children ages 10 to 14 will receive a PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification.
  • PADI Junior Open Water Divers who are 10 or 11 years old may only dive with a PADI Professional, or a certified parent/guardian to a maximum depth of 40 feet. PADI Junior Open Water Divers ages 12 to 14 must dive with a certified adult.

Training Programs & Fees

Our modular program allows you to customize your training experience to meet your schedule. Here’s the breakdown of training opportunities and associated fees:

Weekender Program – $395

This is our most popular program! Scuba theory and confined water training are completed in one weekend; open water training is completed the following weekend in the beautiful and exciting Monterey Bay. This does not include book work or pic fees.

Dive Travel Program – $450

If you prefer to dive somewhere other than Monterey, join Any Water Dive Center on one of our dive trips and complete your open water training while on vacation! All you have to do is sign-up for the trip of your choice and then complete the theory and confined water training within six months of departure. Fees are the same as our Weekender Program.

Referral Program – $250

This program is similar to the Dive Travel Program. You complete the theory and confined water training with an Any Water Dive Center instructor and then conduct your open water training with an outside instructor. If needed, we can help you find a qualified instructor at your dive destination.

Private lessons ~ variable

We can fit your schedule… we can come to you… if you have a pool, we can even do the confined water training at your home! Call the shop for details.

What else do I need?

Training equipment provided in the course fees includes the scuba gear: tanks, regulator with compass and computer, BCD, weights, wetsuit and hooded vest.

Personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots, and gloves) is not included. Student pricing is available for personal gear and a staff member can help you select the gear that best suits your individual needs.

Register for PADI eLearning for $195 and get started now.

Start Your Adventure

  1. Determine the training option you’d like to complete.
  2. Find a class date (see below) that fits your schedule.
  3. Register for your class by calling 408-244-4433.
  4. Stop by the shop and pick up your training materials or sign up for PADI eLearning.
    Important: Students aged 10-13 must pick up their materials no later than one month prior to class start date.
  5. Get fitted for Personal Snorkeling Gear and Scuba Gear.
  6. Read Open Water Manual or complete PADI eLearning prior to first class meeting.

Upcoming Classes

We are now open in-store!

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