North County Scuba Center offers the Standard Open Water Diver Certification Course once per month. Private classes are also available for an additional fee. (Click here for course fee details)


Course Format
The Open Water Certification Course is two weeks long and includes six mandatory class sessions. The course consists of two classroom sessions, two pool sessions, and two ocean sessions.

The academic portion of the course (classroom sessions) is a key component of the Open Water Diver Course. Students will first learn about the equipment required to SCUBA dive. In addition, students will be instructed on the proper use of their equipment as well as how to keep their gear in good working order. Most importantly students will be taught the basic theory behind buoyancy, changing pressures experienced by divers as they descend and ascend, risks involved while SCUBA diving (including decompression sickness), and general SCUBA best practices.


The pool sessions allow students to learn and practice basic SCUBA skills in a safe, controlled environment.


Ocean Sessions will be held at La Jolla Shores and will give students the opportunity to practice their skills in a typical open water environment. Under the watchful eye of certified SCUBA instructors and Dive Control Specialists, students will first practice their basic skills and then be taken on guided underwater tours of La Jolla Shores and it’s diverse underwater canyon system.


Online Academics Option Please note, students now have the option of completing the academic portion of the Open Water Diver Course ONLINE. Click here for details

In addition to successfully completing each course session, each student must also pass the final exam to be issued their C-Card.

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