Harbor Dive Center | 200 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, CA 94965 | 1-415-331-0904 | hdc@harbordive.com | hdc mobile site
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Located in the waterfront community of Sausalito, along San Francisco Bay, Harbor Dive Center serves local/regional customers and travelers passing through the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Scuba lessons & equipment -- get information on PADI's entry-level scuba lessons, the PADI Open Water Diver certification  /  learn about our customers' favorite scuba equipment.
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PADI online scuba courses -- sign up and complete your scuba course academics online from home or anywhere with an internet connection.
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Shop store.harbordive.com or register online for your PADI® scuba lessons, classes and courses.
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Local and sponsored events -- get information about events in the San Francisco Bay Area and at Harbor Dive Center.
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Stand up paddleboards (SUP) -- get information about Body Glove SUP's by Focus Brands.
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PADI Specialty Diver Courses

San Francisco Bay Area SCUBA lessons featuring PADI diver educational programs

Find Out What Interests You

Scuba diving is a way to explore the underwater world in new and different ways.  PADI Specialty Diver courses teach you new techniques and give you the tools to enhance your exploration.

PADI® Altitude Diver
altitude diver
Imagine descending below the surface of a clear mountain lake to explore a well-preserved wreck.  Interested?  Any time you scuba dive at an altitude higher than 300 metres/1000 feet above sea level, you are altitude diving.  If you are ready to discover a hidden world where few have ventured, then the PADI® Altitude Diver Specialty course is for you.
PADI® Boat Diver
boat diver
Much of the world's best scuba diving is accessible only by boat.  Whether you have never made a boat dive or you have logged dozens, the PADI® Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently.  Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site.
PADI® Deep Diver
deep diver
The lure of the deep.  There is something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving.  Sometimes it is a wreck that attracts you below 18 metres/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge.  Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130 feet, you should take the PADI® Deep Diver Specialty course.
PADI® Digital Underwater Photographer
digital underwater photographer
Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.  The PADI® Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.  Because underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers, there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course.
PADI® Drift Diver
drift diver
The PADI® Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along.  It feels like flying – except that you are underwater using scuba equipment.  Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time.  If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.
PADI® Drysuit Diver
drysuit diver
Want to stay warm?  Want to extend your scuba diving season?  Then dive dry.  A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water.  There is incredible diving in the world's cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months.  Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.
PADI® Enriched Air Diver
enriched air diver
The PADI® Enriched Air Diver course is PADI's most popular specialty scuba course.  Why?  Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives.  If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then do not hesitate to become an enriched air diver.
PADI® Night Diver
night diver
The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring.  Although you have been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light.  The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge.  If you have wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI® Night Diver Specialty course.
PADI® Underwater Navigator
underwater navigator
Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you are going.  The PADI® Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater.  If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.
PADI® Wreck Diver
wreck diver
Whether purposely sunk as an artificial reef for scuba divers, or lost as the result of an accident, wrecks are fascinating windows to the past.  Ships, airplanes and even cars are fascinating to explore and usually teem with aquatic life.  Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spying something others have missed.  The PADI® Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.