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Scuba Courses San Diego

Getting scuba lessons in San Diego makes you a well-rounded diver.

All-Inclusive Scuba Lessons

We know all too well the feeling of getting a check twice as expensive as what you expected to pay because of all the gizmos and gadgets added to your order.

We created a lineup of scuba lessons that come with the whole enchilada so you know what you’re paying penny-by-penny from day one:

E-Learning

$89 to $190 value

RENTAL GEAR & TANKS

up to $95 value

INSTRUCTOR

$200 to $400 value

CERT CARD

up to $37 value

BOAT DIVES

$122 to $294 value

LOG BOOK

up to $29 value

THE DEAL:

    Courses Offered

    Advanced

    Advanced

    Ideal for Open Water divers who are ready to take their diving to the next level.

    An Advanced Certification will give you access to almost all of recreational dive sites around the world. 

    • Pre-Req: Open Water
    • E-learning: 6-8 hours
    • Boat dives: 5 (2 days)

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    $1023

    $870 per diver

    $716 per diver

    $688 per diver

    DEEP DIVING

    DEEP DIVING

    Ideal for divers who enjoy diving on depths over 60ft. 

    A Deep Diving Certification will help with non-deco limits, air consumption, and buoyancy so you can act wisely down below.

    • Pre-Req: Advanced
    • E-learning: 2-4 hours
    • Boat dives: 4 (2 days)

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    $827

    $703 per diver

    $620 per diver

    $579 per diver

    NAVIGATION

    NAVIGATION

    Ideal for divers who tend to rely on their buddies for finding the boat at the end of a dive.

    A Navigation Certification will teach you exactly how to use a compass and use headings to effectively explore dive sites.

    • Pre-Req: Open-Water
    • E-learning: 2-4 hours
    • Boat dives: 4 (2 days)

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    $827

    $703 per diver

    $620 per diver

    $579 per diver

    PHOTOGRAPHY 🇲🇽

    PHOTOGRAPHY 🇲🇽

    Ideal for divers who want to capture and share their underwater life.

    An Photography Certification will teach you how to set up your camera and shoot underwater at the Coronado Islands, in Mexico. 

    • Pre-Req: Open-Water
    • E-learning: 2-4 hours
    • Boat dives: 2 (1 day)

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    $744

    $632 per diver

    $557 per diver

    $521 per diver

    WRECK DIVING

    WRECK DIVING

    Ideal for divers who are naturally drawn to diving in sunken wreck.

    A Wreck Diving Certification equips will teach you how to survey a wreck and properly use lines and reels to avoid potential problems.

    • Pre-Req: Advanced
    • E-learning: 2-4 hours
    • Boat dives: 4 (2 days)

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    $827

    $703 per diver

    $620 per diver

    $579 per diver

    NITROX

    NITROX

    Ideal for divers who want to enjoy longer dives and take shorter surface intervals.

    A Nitrox Certification will teach you how to use an oxygen analyzer, understand dive limits and air mixes, and set up your computer.

    • Pre-Req: Open-Water
    • E-learning: 2-4 hours
    • Boat dives: 2 (1 day)

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    $764

    $650 per diver

    $573 per diver

    $536 per diver

    REFRESHER

    REFRESHER

    Ideal for divers who need to dust their fins. If you haven't dove in 6 to 12 months, that's a good one for you.

    A Refresher Course will touch on scuba and safety basics so you can get right back on that horse... Water-horse! 

    • Pre-Req: Open-Water
    • E-learning: None
    • Boat dives: 2 (1 day)

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    $411

    $349 per diver

    $308 per diver

    $288 per diver

    (none of which require payment just now)

    The prices above are the final cost for your entire course, not a penny more, not a penny less. After you submit your application and we match you with an instructor and boat trip(s), we'll send you and your buddies a payment link to finalize your course registration.

    The Waterhorse-Way

    Choose Your Agency

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    We’re a ‘neutral-grounds’ dive shop and offer courses both from PADI and NAUI. This multi-agency approach helps us to handpick instructors based on their skill and kindness, not their affiliation. 

    PADI & NAUI

    PADI certifications are respected and sought after across the globe. No matter where you travel, your PADI certification will be recognized and accepted. Oftentimes, you’ll be surrounded by other PADI divers on dive boats. Needless to say, continuing your education on a PADI path will allow for more flexibility on getting destination certifications. Each PADI course builds on the previous one, teaching you skills and techniques when you’re ready to learn them.

    Although not as globalized as PADI, NAUI is a well-known agency with a family feel and ocean conservation emphasis. NAUI's courses prepare divers to be responsible, self-sufficient, and confident from the very start. Most divers will agree that NAUI has the highest training standards in the recreational diving industry, which brings an elite list of organizations to their programs: Disney, Navy SEAL Teams, and NASA amongst them.

    THEN WHAT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

    Divers are welcome to go from one agency to another as they climb the dive ladder and, unless they want to follow a pro career, what agency they get their latest certification with hardly matters. Do your research and choose what feels right for you.

    THEY COST THE SAME

    Despite slight cost fluctuations between agencies, we charge a fixed price that only varies from course to course and encompasses the entire boat instruction experience and course materials.

    Choose Your Classmates

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    All our courses are private and limited to 4 divers. You’re in charge of deciding the class size and rounding up your dive buddies. That means you get to choose exactly who’s in your class. 🙂

    Set The Schedule

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    Different courses will have different dive requirements. When you sign up for a certification, we’ll suggest upcoming boat dives recommended for your course (mostly on weekends), but you are the one to ultimately decide when the time is right for you.

    • You sign up for a course

    • We find your ideal upcoming boat trip(s)

    • We send your e-learning material

    • You take the course at home

    • You meet your instructor at check-in

    • You meet your course's dive requirements

    • Your certification card is mailed to your house

    And the cherry on top: you’re complimentary added to our Dive Membership and get 25% off every boat trip with us in the following 12 months ($250 value).

    *Big Bonus: No Shore Diving Involved

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    Ok, please don’t assume this is the least important part because it’s the last perk listed here. This should probably be within the top 3 real reasons why you’d like to get your certification with us and nowhere else.  

    In the Waterhorse-way, you simply come to the shop, meet your instructor, snag your carefully packed rental gear bin, and head out for a convenient ride to the dive site. And yes, we will brag here because no one else in San Diego offers that level of comfiness.

    BOAT DIVING ALL THE WAY:

    • Easy-peasy entries and exits
    • Help gearing and finning up
    • Yummy snacks and amenities between dives
    • Extra attention from captain and crew
    • Safety equipment readily available

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