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! Our up-front pricing with no hidden costs separates us from our competition.

Steps to Scuba Certification

1. Academics

First you will complete your academics via independent study via PADI's online training program (PADI eLearning).  This way you can complete the academics socially distanced in your own home at your own pace when it is convenient for you. It takes 6-10 hours to complete the online training. Once complete, you are ready for your pool training!

2. Pool Training (Confined Water Dives)

Once you complete the academics portion you can begin your pool training in our 12' heated pool. Your instructor will have you 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 (this is not true for non-PADI certification agency issued referrals) and they will be able to complete your "check out" open water dives seamlessly. Referral forms are valid for 1 year.

3. Open Water "Check Out" Dives (Lake or Ocean Dives)

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



First choose between the two course options, then choose your academic learning method.

Option 1: The Complete PADI Open Water Course

Do all of your course with us!

Includes the following:

Academic materials, (Non-eLearning) classroom, pool instruction (confined water dives), four "check-out" (open water dives) and rental of the major pieces of scuba gear.

Cost $499

*Does not include personal gear: mask, snorkel fins and boots.

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Option 2:  PADI Open Water "Referral" Course

Do just the academics and pool (confined water dives) with us but do the "check-out" (open water dives) elsewhere.

("Referral Course" means the student will arrange with a dive shop/instructor of their choosing their open water "check out" dives in another location. Usually in a warm, tropical destination)

Includes the following:

Academic materials (Non-eLearning), classroom, pool instruction (confined water dives), and rental of the major pieces of scuba gear.: 

Cost $349*

*Does not include personal gear: mask, snorkel fins and boots.

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Add Optional PADI eLearning

Skip the required on-site classroom session by completing your academics including final exam online with PADI eLearning.

Cost $199

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Open Water Course Pool Training Dates

All academics must be completed before starting pool training.

Exact start and end times may vary. 


OWC 2022-02

Session 1 Saturday Jan 22nd: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Jan 23rd: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-03

Session 1 Saturday Jan 29th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Jan 30th: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-04

Session 1 Saturday Feb 5th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Feb 6th: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-05

Session 1 Saturday Feb 12th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Feb 13th: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-06

Session 1 Saturday Feb 26th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Feb 27th: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-07

Session 1 Saturday Feb 29th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Feb 30th: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-08

Session 1 Saturday Mar 5th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Mar 6th: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-09

Session 1 Saturday Mar 12th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Mar 13th: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-10

Session 1 Saturday Mar 26th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Mar 27th: 9am to 2pm

OWC 2022-11

Session 1 Saturday Apr 2nd: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday Apr 3rd: 9am to 2pm



Other dates available upon request.

*Exact starting/ending times may vary   

Courses without at least 4 students subject to rescheduling or being converted to a single day pool session.




Open Water Course Open Water Dive Group Class Dates

Open water “check out" dives.

4 dives over 2 days.


Folsom Lake 2022

Sat & Sun Feb 19th & 20th (Depending on water clarity)
Tahoe 2022
Sat & Sun July 9th & 10th
Sat & Sun Sept. 10th & 11th

Breakwater Cove, Monterey 2021 /2022

Sat & Sun Dec 4th & 5th
Sat & Sun Jan 15th & 16th


How do we compare to our competition?

Dive Shop 1 Dive Shop 2
PADI Certification Non-PADI Certification PADI Certification
4 Stars on Yelp 4.5 Stars on Yelp 100% 5-Stars on Yelp
Train in either large 12-14' deep pool or small backyard pool. Train in small 9' deep pool Train in large 12' deep pool**
Complete Open Water Course: $629 Complete Open Water Course:  $622 Complete Open Water Course:  As low as $499!



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

**1 on 1 or 2 on 1 custom classes my be in a smaller pool.


†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. Open water "check out" dives with 10-11yo require a max 4-1 student to instructor ratio thus there is a $75 additional fee.

*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!

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all academic portions of our scuba courses are taught via eLearning until further notice. We no longer conduct group classroom sessions.


Custom 1-1 or 2-1 courses format courses available upon demand. 

The small print: Prices includes all PADI fees, instructor fees, tuition,  and rental gear but does not cover optional eLearning, park access fees (if applicable) nor personal gear which must be scuba quality, in good condition and properly fitting mask, snorkel, fins and booties. We will bring several options for you to try on before purchase. We offer the best prices and proper fit guaranteed. (Support your local businesses! 😉)


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!