FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are your store hours?

Spring Hours

Tuesday, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Thursday, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday, 10:30am-2pm

Closed for the following Holidays:

Where are you located?

Wallin's Dive Center is located in San Mateo near the intersections of Highway 92 and El Camino Real. 

We are located at: W 20th Avenue & O'Farrell Street, San Mateo, CA 94403.

Follow the Wallin's signs to our entrance at the rear of the San Mateo Elks Lodge. You will not be able to enter through the Elks' main entrance, so please look for the signs.

Do you have an on-site pool?

Yes! Heated to a toasty 80 degrees year-round, it makes a great location for all of our scuba classes.

 


OPEN WATER SCUBA DIVER

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent. Junior Open Water Scuba divers: 10 – 14 years old.

Are there any add-on classes available for my training?

  • Yes! Inquire about adding on a Nitrox or Dry Suit Certification Course to your Open Water Training.

What can I expect to learn?

  • The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, heat loss, tides, currents, waves, surge, etc.
  • Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.
  • Dive equipment selection, assembly, use and maintenance
  • Dive planning
  • Basic scuba skills including mask and regulator skills, swimming underwater, buoyancy control, basic rescue techniques, and emergency procedures
  • And much more!

ADVANCED SCUBA DIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

How do I earn an Advanced Diver Certification?

  • Complete four Specialty Diver courses; only 1 course without dives, may be credited towards the SDI Advanced Diver development program, with the exception of SDI Computer Nitrox
  • Proof of 25 logged dives
  • After the previous requirements are met and verified by an instructor, the instructor issues the SDI Advanced Open Water Diver certification. It is that simple.
  • Requirements for the SDI Junior Advanced include the above requirements, provided the four specialty courses they have taken are allowed by their age

Is this the same as an Advanced Adventure Diver?

  • No, the Advanced Adventure course will give you an overview of five different SDI specialties.
  • Wallin's offers the Advanced Adventure Diver course on a private group or individual basis.  

SDI MASTER SCUBA DIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

  • The Master Scuba Diver Development Program was created to make true master divers. The program requires a new open water diver to complete four Specialties, the Rescue Diver Course, and log 50 dives. SDI/TDI feels a diver will be a true master scuba diver after these steps accomplished.

FREEDIVING LEVEL 1

Will I receive a certification?

  • If you complete the pool clinic, online academics and ocean clinic performance requirements you will receive a SSI Level 1 freediving certification card.  

INACTIVE DIVER/REFRESHER PROGRAM

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Proof of scuba certification

NITROX

 

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent
  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver, or current enrollment in that class courses

What can I expect to learn?

  • Physiology of using different breathing gas mixtures and equipment considerations for using nitrox
  • How to safely use nitrox mixtures up to 40 percent with a dive computer
  • Advantages and disadvantages of utilizing nitrox mixtures, how to analyze a nitrox mixture

What are the benefits?

  • Increased safety margins
  • Reduced post dive fatigue
  • Extended no-decompression times

NIGHT/LIMITED VISIBILITY DIVER

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Minimum age 18 , 10 with parental consent

What can I expect to learn?

  • Dive at night and in limited visibility conditions they were exposed to during training
  • Plan and execute a night and low visibility dives


FULL FACE MASK DIVER

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent

What is the difference between the demo and the certification class?

  • The FFM demo is a 3 hour academic and pool experience to introduce you full face mask diving and communication units.
  • The specialty certification class includes academic, pool and two open water dives.  Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certification card.

What if I purchase a FFM at Wallin's Dive Center?

  • All your academic and pool work will be FREE!

DRY SUIT DIVER

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Minimum age 18, 12 with parental consent

Is the Dry Suit rental included?

  • No. The rental will be an extra fee of at least $65

What if I purchase a Dry Suit at Wallin's Dive Center?

  • All your pool work will be FREE!

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

DEEP DIVER COURSE

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Open Water Scuba Diver
  • Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent

What can I expect to learn?

  • You will receive the necessary training that will allow you to venture beyond 18 metres/60 feet and to a maximum depth of 40 metres/130 feet.

RESCUE DIVER COURSE

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Provide proof of an Advanced Adventure Diver certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 40 logged open water dives
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider certification. These courses may be combined with our rescue class.

SDI SCUBILITY DIVER PROGRAM

  • The SDI Scubility Diver Program is designed to give physically disabled divers the necessary skills and techniques used to conduct open water dives in conditions similar to their training without the direct supervision of a SDI Scubility Instructor. However, some SDI Scubility divers require supervision of a qualified SDI Dive Buddy.
  • The SDI Scubility Diver Program takes a closer look at the techniques and equipment adjustments to meet a disabled divers needs allowing individuals to dive with safe diving practices. Please contact us for details.

TDI TECHNICAL & REBREATHER COURSES


HOLLIS EXPLORER 2 RECREATIONAL REBREATHER

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Nitrox Diver
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent

What is the difference between the demo and the certification class?

  • The demo is a 3 hour academic and pool experience to introduce you the Hollis Explorer 2 Recreational Rebreather
  • The specialty certification class includes academic, pool and two days of open water dives.  Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certification card.

 

KISS CCR REBREATHER

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Nitrox Diver
  • Minimum age 18
  • Provide proof of 20 logged open water dives

What is the difference between the demo and the certification class?

  • The demo is a 3 hour academic and pool experience to introduce you the KISS CCR Rebreather
  • The specialty certification class includes academic, pool and five days of open water dives
  • Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certification card.

TDI ADVANCED NITROX DIVER

Who is this course for?

  • The certified nitrox diver looking to expand their understanding of nitrox mixtures containing more than 40% oxygen
  • The certified nitrox diver looking to expand their in-water skills
  • The certified diver who has interest in moving forward with technical diving education

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Nitrox Diver
  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Provide proof of 25 logged open water dives

TDI DECOMPRESSION PROCEDURES DIVER

Who is this course for?

  • The certified Advanced Diver looking to expand their knowledge of decompression theory and diving techniques
  • The certified Advanced Diver who is interested in extending their bottom time
  • The certified Advanced Diver who has interest in moving forward with technical diving education

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Minimum Advanced Adventure Diver or Advanced Diver
  • Minimum age 18
  • Provide proof of 25 logged open water dives