UC San Diego is proud to have 4 instructors whose combined expertise spans 115 years diving & 72 years teaching. Join our classes and have fun as we share our experience from over 4635 logged dives. Our team has certified over 1154 divers in basic, advanced, specialty and leadership level courses.
Each of our instructors bring their own unique experiences and love of diving to their style of teaching. Each instructor will insure a safe and enjoyable learning environment so our students get the most from the class.
We strive to produce divers that once finished with the class, will be comfortable continuing to dive on their own. This is done through insuring each student has mastered the basic skill taught in the class as well as being comfortable with the logistics and methodology surrounding the sport of diving.
Note: Private classes are also available for students needing extra support.
Open Water and Advanced Scuba classes are offered quarterly. Specialty classes include Night Diver, Deep Diver, Underwater Digital Photography and Rescue are also offered.
Diving Since: 1960
Bert began the Open Water scuba program at UCSD in 1970 when the courses were taught as part of the Physical Education Department.
In one of his famous letters congratulating you on your certification he wrote: “Remember I have preached that we are not interested in your merely experiencing scuba for a novelty-we want you to be active divers just like we are and to partake in all the other things we find ourselves caught up with.”
Bert was famous for creating an active diving community leading trips especially to Baja California and Catalina on a regular basis. He took the time to coordinate tours for the students at the aquarium, Sea World and the hyperbaric chamber at UCSD Hillcrest. Hundreds of students owe their start in scuba to Bert and he is credited with igniting a passion for diving and the underwater environment in an entire generation. Many incredible stories are shared when the old time “Sea Deucers” (UCSD Dive Club) gather.
There was always fun attached to learning. Bert was incredibly generous to his students making them feel welcome in and out of the water. He brought the spirit of “Aloha” to diving in San Diego.
His list of credentials are many. But perhaps the most important is how much love and respect each student holds for this special mentor who introduced the undersea world to them.
Professional Summary: Dr. Bert Kobayashi Dr. Bert Kobayashi received his Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography with emphasis on Ichthyology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has been a lecturer in Marine Biology at UCSD since 1976 and has received two Outstanding Teacher Awards from both Muir and Warren Colleges at UCSD. Dr. Kobayashi has published more than 30 scientific and popular articles on the ocean environment from 1960s through 1993. He has been a narrator and tour-guide at Sea World and has conducted hundreds of public lectures on various topics in Marine Biology to wide diversity of civic groups and clubs. Bert began diving in 1960 and has over 7000 logged dives. Bert now resides in Hawaii. He visits San Diego to enjoy time with his family.
Diving Credentials: PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer) IDC, OWSI, IDC Staff Instructor, and EFR Instructor Trainer
MARK CELEBRATED HIS 35 YEAR PADI MEMEBERSHIP AWARD
"I have been a PADI member for 35 years, and will receive my award from PADI HQ in the next couple of weeks. I've enjoyed training SCUBA divers, and SCUBA Instructors with PADI since 1977."
Specialty Instructor Trainer for: PADI - Boat, Deep, Dry Suit Diver, Equipment Specialist, Underwater Navigation, Night Diver, Wreck, Enriched Air, Drift Diving, Project Aware Instructor, Aware Fish Identification, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Search & Recovery Diver, Digital Underwater Photography, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Kelp Diver. Emergency First Response-Instructor, CPR, First Aid, AED (Adult), CPR, First Aid, AED (Child)
Real Job": None, training PADI Instructors, 100 ton Coast Guard certification, with more than 2,500 PADI certifications for instructor and divers. 25 years experience training dive Instructor with 5000 dives.
Personal Passions: Training dive Instructors, and wreck diving
Non-Diving Activities: writing books, and investigating dive accidents for San Diego County
Favorite Food: Italian and Mexican Food
Favorite Dive Location: Aircraft carrier Oriskany, and ALL warm water locations