Want to get your feet wet? Interested in what it would be like to breathe underwater? Curious to explore the sea below the surface? So were we, and we loved it so much that we became trained as Scuba Schools International Instructors so that we can train you and open your doors to the beautiful and vast underwater world!
Our Open Water Diver Certification Course is an easy two week long, home study course consisting of two academic sessions, two pool sessions, and two ocean sessions totally 4 ocean dives. . In our Open Water Diver program we focus primarily on safety in the development of our students. Our goal is to produce divers who are confident, competent, reliable, and safe. Our courses are always made of small groups to give individuals more one on one attention from the instructor, improve safety, and create a more enjoyable experience. Learn from some of the best instructors in the state in a relaxed, friendly manner for a total of $425, the cheapest in San Diego.
Dates and locations for our public course (private available) are as follows:
A) Academic Session #1: First Thursday of the month, 6pm at North County Scuba Center
B) Pool Session #1: Friday, day after Academic Session #1 . 6pm at Bay Club Carmel Valley
C) Ocean Session #1: Saturday, morning after Pool Session #1. 7am at La Jolla Shores
A) Academic Session #2: Second Thursday of month, 6pm at North County Scuba Center
B) Pool Session #2: Friday, day after Academic Session #2 . 6pm at Bay Club Carmel Valley
C) Ocean Session #2: Saturday, morning after Pool Session #1. 7am at La Jolla Shores
Please go to our Schedule Click here to see our calendar! to see the dates of any particular month. If you cannot make this schedule we do offer private Open Water Certification Courses that allow you to set your own dates and times, which can speed up the process tremendously and provide a better one on one experience with an instructor.
If you would like to sign up for the course please come at least a week prior to the first academic session date for a quick orientation session when you will receive your SSI Academic Package, complete required paperwork, go over the course in further detail, and if need be purchase your snorkeling package (see below).
*Allow approximately 2-3 hours for each academic and pool session, and plan to meet back at the shop after the ocean dives to rinse gear, receive new tanks, and sign required paperwork. Students can expect to be finished around noon on Saturdays.
*Snorkeling Package: The course price of $425 includes scuba equipment rental (regulator, wetsuit, buoyancy compensator, tanks, weights, and gauges). For sanitation and safety reasons each student must provide their own snorkeling package which includes mask, snorkel, fins, gloves, and booties. All of these items can be purchased at the store. If students are to provide their own gear it must be approved by the instructor. Please note that scuba diving fins are very different from most other fins in that they must be more powerful and accommodate diving booties.
Online Classes - SSI now offers a great option for new divers who are not able to physically come into NCSC to pick up their SSI Academics prior to the first academic session. You can now complete the academics portion of your certification class online. After completing the online course, you can continue your practical skills and assessments with the store.
*It is recommended to not choose the online option if you are able to come into NCSC and pick up your academic package. The reason being you will read, learn, and become more familiar with the physical version of the Open Water Manual, which you will have forever and can bring with you to all of your dives for reference and reminders of particular techniques, suggested methods to planning dives, diving limitations, etc.
Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns,
North County Scuba Center
122 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Please note: All students must provide mask, snorkel, fins, gloves, and booties. The fins, gloves and booties required for scuba diving are likely different than you may use currently for surfing, snorkeling or other ocean sports.
|2 Week Standard Open Water Class
Public Open Water Certification CourseIncludes: Tuition, academics, c-card fees, instructor fees, equipment rental, and tax
|Private Open Water Course (add $125 per person for books)….Tuition for 1 person….2 persons….3 persons….4 persons….5 persons….6 persons||$600$900$1300$1500$1600$1700|