PADI Open Water Diver Course
Start your underwater scuba adventures with the PADI Open Water Diver Course at Carmel Bay Divers. We offer small class sizes and flexible schedules to help you maximize the value of your scuba diving experiences. We offer both group and private classes.
Learn 2 Scuba Dive at Carmel Bay Divers in San Jose, CA
At Carmel Bay Divers, we use the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) system of diver education. Most of these courses as taught by Carmel Bay Divers have received ACE (American Council on Education) recommendation for college credit.
The beginner level course is the PADI Open Water Diver Course. The PADI Open Water Diver certification is the world's most recognized entry level scuba diver certificatiton. Earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification means that you and your dive buddy have the knowledge, training and skills necessary to plan your own dives in conditions equal or better than those in which you trained.
Sign-Up for your own Private Class
Step 2 - Confined Water (Swimming Pool) Training
At Carmel Bay Divers we offer both group and private classes. The minimum age to participate in a group class is 14. Divers age 10 - 14 can join with other friends and family members in a private class.
Sign-Up for a Group Class ($195 per person)
Private Classes can be arranged for up to 6 divers. The price is $600 for up to 4 divers. Call for pricing for more than 4 divers.
Your Confined Water Training includes: 1. Personal Equipment Orientation Session (1 hour). 2. eLearning Review and Dive Planning Session based on your group or private class schedule (about 2 hours). 3. up to 8 hours of scuba training in a swimming pool based on your group or private class schedule. 4. Use of the scuba life-support rental package during the pool training. 5. One weekend use of the scuba life-support rental package if you complete your ocean dives with us during one of our Monterey or Channel Islands weekends.
Step 3 - Ocean Scuba Dives
To complete your PADI Open Water Diver certification, you will need to demonstrate that you have mastered the skill you have learned in the pool during 4 Open Water Dives over at least 2 days of diving. Most divers will complete these dives during one weekend (2 dives on Saturday and 2 more on Sunday). The instructor fee for the ocean is $100 per day for up to 2 dives per day. We plan training dive days for both Monterey (shore diving) and the Channel Islands in Southern CA off the coast from Ventura (Boat Diving).
During Monterey weekends, we offer morning dives or afternoon dives and sometimes a night dive for certified divers on Saturday night.
During Channel Islands weekends you will have the opportunity to comlete up to 3 dives per day from the boat.