If you are coming from warm water and have not been diving in cold water – try one of our beginner guided dives in Monterey before attempting the Advanced course.

We love to dive in beautiful tropicalesque Monterey. It’s just a 90 minute drive from San Mateo. And on a hot summer’s day with crystal clear water it is akin to a day on the beach in Hawaii. However, it can be a difficult learning experience for beginner students who are not comfortable in the ocean, are extremely prone to seasickness, or are claustrophobic. The water is cold, 50ish degrees, so we wear thicker wetsuits, gloves, which require us to wear more lead weight than you wore on the nice fun Hawaii dive complete with Chi Chis. The extra weight and suits make learning to dive in Monterey challenging.

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