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PADI Open Water Diver
(Visit PADI's "Open Water" webpage.)

Welcome to the world of SCUBA diving!
Learning how to Scuba Dive Starts Here!

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Diver Dan's is looking forward to helping you get started into the exciting world of SCUBA diving. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up contact us today.

I want to learn to scuba dive, how can I?

Now is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI, the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.

Why PADI Open Water?

As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program.

How much is it going to cost me?

This class includes the works -- classroom & pool sessions, your ocean dives in Monterey, all the needed rental gear and of course your PADI Open Water certification card!

The total training fee is $350.00 and the fee is broken down in order to provide many training options to our clients. The breakdown is as follows:

$150.00 Registration/Facility/Rental Fee
$200.00 Instructor & Certification Fee

When you sign up for a class, the classroom, pool and rental fee will be collected.  The instructor will collect the instructor and certification fee during the first class.

Take a look at the schedules below and CLICK HERE to sign up online to reserve your spot for the next exciting class.

Hurry!  Class size is limited so early registration is recommended.

What is the class schedule?

The PADI Open Water SCUBA Course is offered in two schedule formats.   A Weeknight Format or a Weekend Accelerated Format.

The Weeknight Format is a three and a half week course consisting of seven classroom / pool sessions (twice a week), and ocean dives on the final weekend of the class.

The Weekend Accelerated Format is the exact same course except that it is done in just two weekends! The first weekend consists of all the class and pool sessions, then the ocean dives are done on the second weekend of the class.

The ocean dives consist of four SCUBA dives and one snorkeling dive (optional).

What do I need to start?

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is the PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.

What will I need to buy?

Before the class begins you will need the PADI Open Water Student Kit (includes the PADI Open Water Dive Manual, Dive Tables, Logbook and a Student Record File) and the PADI Open Water DVD.  An internet eLearning option from PADI is also available.

Before your first pool session, you will need to purchase your own personal gear which includes a mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves.

Why don't you order your Beginning Diver - PADI Open Water Diver Student Kit now?

Order your Student Kit here:

Mfg Price:  $77.85
Diver Dan's Price:  $69.99

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PADI Open Water Diver Course is Online!

If you wish to skip the traditional classroom training, one option you have is to do your classroom training Online. Click on the image below to learn more about PADI's eLearning!

What can I rent?

The rest of your SCUBA diving equipment is included in the Classroom/Pool/Rental Fee listed above.  The rentals include your wetsuit, hood, regulator (primary with octopus, pressure gauge, depth gauge & compass), weight belt, buoyancy control device (BCD), and tanks.

If you purchase all of the items from Diver Dan's that are included in the rentals before your ocean dives,  you will receive a $95.00 rebate!

Medical Concerns or Questions?

If you are currently under the care of a Medical Doctor, or have a pre-existing medical condition that requires permission from a Physician, you will need to have a signed Medical Release form from your doctor before you can participate in any in-water activities.

To obtain a medical release form and view some conditions that would require a doctors release, download the PADI Medical Release Form here.

OK - I'm ready! - What are the class dates?

Being a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center (IDC), Diver Dan's has the largest staff of instructors in the Bay Area.  This allows us to offer class schedules that are sure to meet your needs.  However, if you find that you are unable to find a class that fits into you schedule, just let us know as there are many options available to you from private classes to participating in multiple classes, the choice is yours.

I've Signed Up (or I want more Information)!

If you have signed up for a class please download the Open Water Sign-Up Information Packet.  It contains important information as to how the class is conducted, and will answer many of your questions.

Open Water Sign-Up Information Packet
10 page pdf file (418K)

2014 Class Schedules


2014 Weekend Accelerated Format
First Weekend: Fri @ 6:30-9:45PM, Sat and Sun @ 9AM-6PM
Ocean Dives are done on the second weekend of class

Start Date (Friday) Format Ocean Dates (Sat/Sun)
January 3 Fri/Sat/Sun January 11/12
January 10 Fri/Sat/Sun January 18/19
January 17 Fri/Sat/Sun January 25/26
January 24 Fri/Sat/Sun February 1/2
January 31 Fri/Sat/Sun February 8/9
February 7 Fri/Sat/Sun February 15/16
February 14 Fri/Sat/Sun February 22/23
February 21 Fri/Sat/Sun March 1/2
February 28 Fri/Sat/Sun March 8/9
March 7 Fri/Sat/Sun March 15/16
March 14 Fri/Sat/Sun March 22/23
March 21 Fri/Sat/Sun March 29/30
March 28 Fri/Sat/Sun April 12/13
April 11 Fri/Sat/Sun April 19/20
April 25 Fri/Sat/Sun May 3/4
May 2 Fri/Sat/Sun May 10/11
May 9 Fri/Sat/Sun May 17/18
May 16 Fri/Sat/Sun May 24/25
May 23 Fri/Sat/Sun May 31/June 1
May 30 Fri/Sat/Sun June 7/8
June 6 Fri/Sat/Sun June 14/15
June 13 Fri/Sat/Sun June 21/22
June 20 Fri/Sat/Sun June 28/29
June 27 Fri/Sat/Sun July 5/6
July 11 Fri/Sat/Sun July 19/20
July 18 Fri/Sat/Sun July 26/27
July 25 Fri/Sat/Sun August 2/3
August 1 Fri/Sat/Sun August 9/10
August 8 Fri/Sat/Sun August 16/17
August 15 Fri/Sat/Sun August 23/24
August 29 Fri/Sat/Sun September 6/7
September 5 Fri/Sat/Sun September 13/14
September 12 Fri/Sat/Sun September 20/21
September 19 Fri/Sat/Sun September 27/28
September 26 Fri/Sat/Sun October 4/5
October 3 Fri/Sat/Sun October 11/12
October 10 Fri/Sat/Sun October 18/19
October 17 Fri/Sat/Sun October 25/26
October 24 Fri/Sat/Sun November 1/2
October 31 Fri/Sat/Sun November 8/9
November 7 Fri/Sat/Sun November 15/16
November 14 Fri/Sat/Sun November 22/23
November 21 Fri/Sat/Sun December 6/7 *
**Skips a week due to Thanksgiving Weekend is Nov. 30/Dec. 1
December 5 Fri/Sat/Sun December 13/14
December 12 Fri/Sat/Sun December 20/21
December 19 Fri/Sat/Sun December 27/28
These dates skip a weekend due to a holiday
* Thanksgiving Weekend - Nov. 30/Dec. 1

2014 Weeknight Format
Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs @ 7-10PM for 3 1/2 Weeks
Ocean Dives are done on weekend of the last week of class
Classes start on a Wednesday or Thursday evening

Start Date Format Ocean Dates (Sat/Sun)
January 2 Tue/Thu January 25/26
January 15 Mon/Wed February 8/9
January 30 Tue/Thu Feb. 22/23
February 12 Mon/Wed March 8/9
February 27 Tue/Thu March 22/23
March 12 Mon/Wed April 5/6
March 27 Tue/Thu April 19/20
April 9 Mon/Wed May 3/4
April 24 Tue/Thu May 17/18
May 7 Mon/Wed May 31/June 1
May 22 Tue/Thu June 14/15
June 4 Mon/Wed June 28/29
June 19 Tue/Thu July 12/13
July 2 Mon/Wed July 26/27
July 17 Tue/Thu August 9/10
July 30 Mon/Wed August 23/24
August 14 Tue/Thu September 6/7
August 27 Mon/Wed September 20/21
September 11 Tue/Thu October 4/5
September 24 Mon/Wed October 18/19
October 9 Tue/Thu November 1/2
October 22 Mon/Wed November 15/16
November 6 Tue/Thu December 6/7 **
**No Class Thanksgiving Week; Tuesday Nov. 25 Thursday Nov 27
November 19 Mon/Wed December 13/14

** No Class Thanksgiving Week - November Tuesday 20/ Thursday 22

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If you'd like to organize your own private group lesson for a business, school, church or other group of individuals, refer to our current pricing schedule for private classes or contact us for more information.

Where can I go from here?

Continue the adventure with PADI’s Adventures in Diving program, your next step in exploring the underwater world.  Stop by the shop for more information on the PADI Adventures in Diving program.