PADI Open Water Certification

How do I get started? ~ What will I need? ~ When do I scuba dive? ~ What happens next? ~ What is SLO Ocean Currents? ~ Class Schedule


Here at SLO Ocean Currents, classes start every couple of weeks and last 3 weeks. Often, accelerated Private courses in as little as four days are also available - just ask. You may choose between evening classes during the week on either Monday and Wednesday nights or Tuesday and Thursday nights, with ocean diving on weekend days. Included with your Open Water Certification Course Tuition ($336 plus tax) are:

  • 5 Classroom Modules over 3 class meetings
  • 5 Pool Modules with Scuba Equipment over 3 pool sessions
  • 2 Ocean Beach Dives and 2 Ocean Boat Dives (1 Dive Day, boat price not included) -OR- 4 Ocean Beach Dives
  • Complete Scuba Equipment Rentals for all Ocean Dives
  • Internationally recognized PADI Open Water Certification Card
  • A complete PADI Educational Package (Open Water Textbook, Logbook, Recreational Dive Planner, and PIC Form)


Beginning Scuba students will need to purchase the following required personal dive equipment before the first class:

  • Dive Mask - your eye to the underwater world
  • Snorkel - surface air supply
  • Fins with heel strap - provides underwater propulsion
  • Neoprene Booties - protects feet and provides warmth
  • Neoprene Gloves - protects hands and provides warmth
  • Weight System - either Soft weights or Hard Weights with belt and webbing
  • Dive Equipment Bag - to ensure that you and your equipment get to the dive together

An important part of your instructor's job is to help you select your diving equipment. Many divers wish to get certified in their own equipment; your instructor will be the best one to assist you in selecting equipment suited to your individual needs.


You will start SCUBA diving in your first pool session and will be ocean diving the 2nd half of the course. For most classes, you complete 2 dives at local beaches PLUS up to 4 dives (2 to finish you class and 2 on your own) on an all day boat trip to the Channel Islands! These boat trips cost an additional $85-115 but are well worth the price (ask anyone who has been). For the price conscious, we have occasional courses where all 4 ocean dives are completed entirely at local beaches.


After completion of SLO Ocean Current's certification program you can participate in our many store and club activities which include:


We are a team of professionals dedicated to showing you how to get the most out of diving. We teach one of the safest and most thorough diving programs available. We invite you to join our family of divers. So start your adventure today - the underwater world is waiting for you! It's a whole new way of enjoying the marine world that our instructors would like to show you personally. Come on in and see our facilities and let us answer any questions you may have.


Scuba classes are offered year 'round and are frequently added to this schedule on an "as needed" basic - give us a call if you don't find a class to meet your schedule. Private Classes are also available.

SLO Ocean Currents
3121 South Higuera, Suite B
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 544-7227 or (805) 544-DIVE
FAX: (805) 541-DIVE
MON - FRI: 10AM - 6PM
SAT: 10AM - 5PM
(Closed Sundays)
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