Get your SCUBA certification through SD Expeditions

At SD Expeditions we provide you with more than just a scuba certification.  Unlike other dive shops in San Diego, we believe learning to scuba dive is more than a set of skills and a certification test – learning to scuba dive is your first step to experiencing all the wonders of our underwater world.

Our goal is to give you the scuba skills, confidence, and safety so that you will enjoy the ocean as much as we do.  And our support doesn’t end once you’re certified. Whether learning to scuba dive or continuing your education with SD Expeditions, everyone is instantly welcomed into our community. Join us for guided dives, interesting talks and get-togethers across San Diego and we’ll make sure you get in the water. You’ll never have to worry about finding a dive buddy either – we collaborate with dive clubs throughout San Diego so that you can continue experiencing our amazing ocean.

We are committed to providing all our scuba students with an elite level of knowledge and understanding.  Our scuba instructors are internationally PADI certified to ensure we conform to the highest levels of safety – so you can worry about enjoying yourself.  SD Expeditions carries DAN Diver Alert Network insurance on all our instructors, so that even in the event of an emergency help is never far away.

San Diego SCUBA Certifications

Open Water

Advanced Open Water

Rescue Diver


Specialty Diver Certification Classes

Enriched Air Diver (NITROX)

Search and Recovery Diver

Wreck Diving

Deep Diver

Night Diver

Boat Diver

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Digital Underwater Photography

Conservation Classes

REEF Fish ID class

Project Aware class

Aware Coral Reef Conservation class

DAN and EFR First Aid Classes

Emergency First Response CPR Class

EFR Care for Children with AED

DAN Oxygen First Aid

DAN Advanced Oxygen First Aid

DAN On-Site Neurological Assessment for Divers Class


DAN First Aid for hazardous marine life

We offer private as well as corporate first aid certification classes. If you’re interested please contact us.

We do most of our scuba instruction in San Diego, at the beautiful La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove. Totaling over 533 acres of no-take and no-fishing zones, the La Jolla Ecological Reserve was established in 1971 and is home to the La Jolla Canyon – a deep water fissure responsible for the huge amount of marine life (even whales) in the region.  The cove-like coastline and gentle topography of La Jolla shores results in very gentle wave breaks and easy entries, giving divers the chance to be a part of this underwater world and all the wonders it has to offer.