PADI Open Water Scuba Certification

If you're interested in scuba diving lessons in the Sacramento area, you found the right place! We are Sacramento's only PADI Dive Center and California's only scuba training center with 100% 5-star Yelp ratings.  At Sac City Scuba, our expert instructional staff has been training divers for decades! We have up-front pricing with no hidden costs.

Steps to Scuba Certification

1. Academics

First you will complete your academics via either a take home workbook and video or PADI's online training program (PADI eLearning*).  Either way,  you can complete the academics in a self-study format at your own pace when it is convenient for you.

*Additional Fee

2. Pool Training (Confined Water Dives)

Once you complete your academics you can begin your pool training in a heated pool. Your instructor will put into practice the techniques you learned in the academics program. Your pool training sessions will be logged and approved by your instructor before you move on to the open water "check out" dives. Many people prefer to complete the open water check out dives in a warm, tropical location. If that's you, then we will issue you a "PADI referral form" documenting what you have completed. You will give this to any instructor of any training agency and they will be able to complete your "check out" dives seamlessly. Referral forms are valid for 1 year.

3. Open Water "Check Out" Dives

Get ready to experience everything you've learned with the freedom of open water!  Once you complete your pool training, you have the option to do the "check out" open water dives with us (local lake or Monterey) or in a tropical destination of your choice. As soon as your open water training dives are approved by your instructor you will be a certified PADI Open Water Diver!

Now is a great time for online scuba lessons!



Summer classes now enrolling

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all academic portions of our scuba courses are taught via eLearning until further notice.


Package 1:  Complete PADI Open Water Course

Includes the following:

PADI eLearning: $195

Pool training: $185

Four check out dives: $185

See Course Calendar Below

Total $565  Click here


How do we compare to our competition?

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Train in large 12-14' deep pool Train in small 9' deep pool Train in large 12-14' deep pool
Complete Open Water Course: $629 Complete Open Water Course:  $622 Complete Open Water Course:  $565


Package 2:  PADI Open Water Referral Course
(No open water dives)

Includes the following:

PADI eLearning: $195
Pool training: $185

See Course Calendar Below

Total $380  Click Here


*All packages include rental gear, pool fees, instructor fees, PADI certification fees and a logbook.


Each student needs their own mask, snorkel, fins, booties and (if diving cold water) gloves. Students will visit the store before class to be sized and purchase this. Personal gear starts at about $180.

†Students ages 10-14 will receive a PADI Junior Open Water certification. 10-11yo maximum depth of 40ft and must buddy with a dive professional or parent. 12-14 maximum depth 70 ft and must dive with an adult. 


An important note on gear:  The major pieces of scuba gear will be provided but it is imperative each student have their own personal gear; (mask, snorkel, fins, booties.) We offer these items for sale discounted for students with packages starting at around $180. This is not something you want to buy cheap, borrow or buy sight-unseen off the internet. It is not just "snorkeling gear", it is part of your life support system. Not to put too fine a point on it , but losing your vision or propulsion while on scuba due to faulty or ill fitting gear can be life threatening. Make sure you are fitted by one of our dive professionals to give you the best possible chance for success. We price match any authorized online retailers and have a fit guarantee. If your mask doesn't fit, we will keep trying different ones until we find one that does! Safety is our #1 priority.


Open Water Course Pool Training Dates 2020

Elearning must be completed before starting pool training. Students must attend both days. Splitting weekends is not possible. 

Part No. OWC 2020-018

Session 1 Saturday July 11th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday July 12th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-020

Session 1 Saturday July 25th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday July 26th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-021

Session 1 Saturday August 1st: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday August 2nd: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-022

Session 1 Saturday August 8th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday August 9th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-023

Session 1 Saturday August 15th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday August 16th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-024

Session 1 Saturday August 29th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday August 30th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-025

Session 1 Saturday September 5th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday September 6th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-026

Session 1 Saturday September 12th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday September 13th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-027

Session 1 Saturday September 26th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday September 27th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-028

Session 1 Saturday October 3rd: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday October 4th: 11am to 4pm

OWC 2020-029

Session 1 Saturday October 10th: 9am to 4pm
Session 2: Saturday October 11th: 11am to 4pm

More to come

*Exact times may vary   



Open Water Course Open Water Dive Dates

Open water “check out" dives.

4 dives over 2 days.

Folsom Lake 2020

Sat & Sun August 22nd & 23rd
Sat & Sun October 17th & 18th
Sat & Sun November 14th & 15th

Breakwater Cove, Monterey 2020

Sat & Sun September 19th &  20th

D.L. Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe 2020

Sat & Sun July 18 & 19* (FULL)


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*Does not include personal gear: Mask, snorkel, fins and booties. Visit our training center to be professionally fitted. We have a fit and price guarantee. Please do not buy these sight-unseen off the internet. This is not just "snorkeling gear", it's part of your life support equipment. Most students end up buying a second set when they realize that the fit is not right or the quality sub-standard.  You do not want to have issues with your sight or propulsion during a dive.



Please download and read the PADI Medical Waiver to determine if you need to have a doctor sign you off prior to participating in SCUBA activities.

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Refer to our FAQ for our cancellation policy.

Considering the internet for your personal gear?
Please consider supporting your local small businesses.
Before you consider any internet purchase of dive equipment, please check with us first.  We compare very favorably with any internet site, and feature the added benefits of the same or better pricing, hands-on evaluation and product comparisons, expert advice, assembly & inspection, fitting, warranty activation, parts-for-life programs where applicable, test diving the equipment in a pool, and future repair. We also offer a fit guarantee. If you are not happy with your gear during the pool session, you can exchange it for full value. Spend $500 or more with us on gear qualifies you for free air fills for life!

What's next?

Once you've become a PADI Open Water Diver, your education is just beginning.  Why not take on a new challenge with PADI Advanced Open Water Diver? If you did a warm water referral and would like to be able to dive in the temperate waters of California, the Advanced Open Water Course is one way to convert your warm water certification to a temperate water certification! And don't forget, the PADI Advanced Open Water Course counts towards your specialty and PADI Master Scuba Diver rating!

PADI Advanced Open Water

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PADI is the world’s most recognized and well-known authorizing bodies when it comes to scuba. If you’re interested in learning this skill and becoming a certified diver, you can register with us. We’re Sacramento’s only PADI diving center.

Get your PADI lessons, training and certification under truly skilled experts and trainers with years of experience in navigating open waters. Follow a step-by-step program starting from basic training all the way to open water certification that allows you to explore the open sea safely.

Our PADI lessons begin with academics, and then move to confined waters and controlled environments so you can build a strong foundation. Eventually, you move onto open waters and test the skills you’ve worked so hard to develop. Work with trainers and go on guided dives, explorations and learn the correct and safe use of your equipment, gear and diving methods that allow for the richest experience possible.

On clearing the check-out dives, your instructor will be able to certify you and grant you the title of a PADI diver. It’s challenging but so worth it and once you have the taste of open water, there’s no going back.

Register with us today and get started on your journey toward becoming a scuba diver with a PADI certification!