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 your eLearning you can begin your pool training in a 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 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 (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!



Option 1: Complete PADI Open Water Course

Includes the following:

Review of your PADI eLearning, complete pool instruction and rental of the major pieces of scuba gear.

Four "check out" open water dives (Folsom Lake) and rental of major pieces of  scuba gear.

(Monterey/Tahoe check out dives add $50)

Total $565 Winter Discount $499

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You will also need the PADI eLearning (online academics) $195 $120

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See Course Calendar Below


Option 2:  PADI Open Water Referral Course

("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:

Review of PADI eLearning, complete pool training, rental of major pieces of scuba gear: $380 Winter Discount $349

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You also need PADI eLearning (online academics) $120

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See Course Calendar Below


How do we compare to our competition?

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4 Stars on Yelp 4.5 Stars on Yelp 100% 5-Stars on Yelp
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 $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.


Each student needs their own mask, snorkel, fins, booties and (if diving cold water) gloves. Students will visit the store meet with your instructor before the pool training to be sized and purchase your personal gear. Personal gear starts at about $190.

†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 Group Course Dates 2021*

Elearning must be completed before starting pool training. Students must attend both days. Splitting weekends is not possible. Small attendance may allow for single day training. 

Other dates available upon request.

Part No.OWC 2021-11 Full!

Session 1 Saturday April 10th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday April 11th: 10am to 3pm

OWC 2021-12 Only 4 spots left

Session 1 Saturday April 24th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday April 25th: 10am to 3pm

OWC 2021-13

Session 1 Saturday May 1st: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday May 2nd: 10am to 3pm

OWC 2021-14

Session 1 Saturday May 8th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday May 9th: 10am to 3pm

OWC 2021-15

Session 1 Saturday May 15th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday May 16th: 10am to 3pm

OWC 2021-16

Session 1 Saturday May 29th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday May 30th: 10am to 3pm

OWC 2021-17

Session 1 Saturday June 5th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday June 6th: 10am to 3pm

OWC 2021-18

Session 1 Saturday June 19th: 8am to 2pm
Session 2: Sunday June 20th: 10am to 3pm


Other dates available upon request.

*Exact 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 2020/2021

 Sat & Sun March 21st & 22nd, 2021 (Water temp averages 47f)
Sat & Sun May 22nd & 23rd (Water temp averages 52f)

Breakwater Cove, Monterey 2020/2021 ($50 additional fee)

Sat & Sun April 17th & 18th, 2021 (Water temp averages 47f) Full!


Lake Tahoe 2021 ($50 additional fee)

August 14th & 15th, 2021


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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!

One on One and Group Classes now enrolling

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.


Announcing our heavily discounted COVID safe custom scuba programs. 

Improvise, adapt, and overcome. That's what we have done!

In your pool our ours, we are now offering COVID-safe 1 on 1 and 2 on 1 custom formats to quickly and safely get scuba certified during the pandemic.

Our instructors wear 2-way N95 respirators in class and when in public and are periodically tested for Covid-19.


Choose your class type:

Custom 1 on 1 Complete PADI Open Water Course with eLearning and Private Instructor: $1599 Discounted to $699pp 

Custom 2 on 1 Complete Open Water Course with eLearning with Private Instructor: $1099pp  Discounted to $599pp 

Custom 1 on 1 Open Water Referral Course (eLearning and pool only) with Private Instructor: $899 Discounted to $499pp

Custom 2 on 1 Open Water Referral Course (eLearning and pool only) with Private Instructor: $699pp Discounted to $449pp 

Group class prices shown are per person.

Call 772-DIVE or email DIVE@SACCITYSCUBA.COM for more info.

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!