Offering the widest variety of comprehensive diving courses in the Pacific Northwest

Come discover why the great Jacques Cousteau called the Pacific Northwest “the best temperate water diving in the world”

Teaching SCUBA for more than 47 years!

Lighthouse Diving Center is one of the oldest SCUBA Schools in the United States, with tens of thousands of certified divers having gone through our school. Many industry professionals originally learned SCUBA diving from lighthouse, or were former employees of lighthouse.

When you choose Lighthouse Diving Center, you have chosen the school the SCUBA Pros have used and trusted. The Lighthouse course is not a short-cut course. Our courses are full certification courses where knowledge and training are emphasized. Our goal and mission is to build confidence in our students, and reward with the SCUBA Open Water Diver certification card as the recognition of successful completion of this intensive training.

Further, our training is fun! It feels good to be confident in the water with your equipment and skills, and a student doesn’t get that with short-cut programs. Harry Truitt was the very first Lighthouse instructor and has set the standard for quality instruction since 1972. When you sign up for a Lighthouse SCUBA course, you have chosen a quality SCUBA course dedicated to your safety and enjoyment.


Our Instructors teach the internationally recognized  National Association of Underwater Instructors Certification program.


Our program combines classroom and pool time two different ways:

The weeknight course which runs two evenings per week for three weeks with open water dives on the final weekend.


The weekend course which is conducted over three weekends open water dives being the last weekend.

Both options are offered in all three of our locations and utilize an internationally-recognized standard outline to teach the academics of SCUBA through interactive classroom and pool sessions. This training requires the use of the NAUI education system by student enrolled.

Private Lessons (one-on-one with you and the Instructor at your own pace and schedule) are available at special rates for you or your family/group (one to four persons per instructor ).


Our pool sessions are taught in an indoor, heated, full-size pool to insure your comfort as you learn the easy, fun and practical skills of diving.

Our large pool allows the room for our small classes to learn the SCUBA skills without interference normally found in a smaller training pool.


The completion of the class/pool sessions leaves you ready and prepared for the experience of your life! Our four open water training dives are done in Puget Sound, giving you the opportunity to use your newly acquired diving skills in the open water environment.  It also prepares you for our continuing education programs such as Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and other Specialty Programs like Night Diver, Wreck Diver, Underwater Digital Photographer and local dive trips with your Lighthouse Instructor.


Our teaching staff is a dedicated group of professionals chosen for their skill and approach to safe, fun and enthusiastic Scuba instruction. Our instructors are qualified to train and certify divers using the internationally recognized NAUI instruction system.

Our  Weeknight and Weekend programs ensure you get maximum time in class and pool to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe experience during your Open Water dives.


We provide all necessary state-of-the-art SCUBA equipment: Tanks, BCD, Regulators with Octopus and combination gauges, 7mm 2-Piece cold water wetsuits with hood, and weight belts.**

Since individual needs such as fit and preferences vary, each student is required to provide their own approved personal snorkeling gear, which consists of mask, snorkel, fins, boots and gloves. Note:  Proper fit is essential for your comfort and success in learning scuba diving and this is where our professional sales staff excel.

Students are also encouraged to purchase their own SCUBA gear because they learn faster and more comfortably in their own gear.

Drysuit Upgrade: For an additional fee you may chose to learn in a drysuit! Diving in a drysuit, allows you to stay warm and dry during all of your open water training dives!

Nitrox Upgrade: For an additional fee you may chose to learn with the use of oxygen-enriched air which will decrease your fatigue.

**Equipment provided in standard sizes only, (students may need to purchase their own non-stock sizes)


Class sizes average 6 to 10 people per instructor which offers maximum individual attention to our students.

These smaller classes lead to a safer, more intimate environment and eliminate confusion in our diving activities. No herds of students here! Smaller classes fill quickly, so payment in full is required to hold a spot in a class. For your convenience you may enroll over the telephone with the credit card of your choice!

Medical Conditions: If you have Epilepsy, Asthma, Diabetes, or a heart condition, you might not be able to take Scuba lessons. If you have questions about a medical condition, please check with one of our staff, and your doctor. You will need a medical release to take a Scuba Class.

Contact Lighthouse today to discuss your SCUBA course with a trained professional.

For more information click on any of the links below, stop by one of our three locations or call 800-777-DIVE(3483)

Basic Open Water Course: This is where it all starts.

Continuing Education Courses: Advanced OW, Rescue Diver, Master Scuba Diver,
Specialty Courses, Enriched Air Nitrox Diver
and Many More.

Professional Courses: Assistant Instructor, Divemaster, Instructor.

Technical Diving Courses: Cave Diver, Heliair Diver, Helitrox Diver, Tri-Mix Diver, Closed Circuit Rebreathers,
and Many More.