This is by far the most underrated excursion company here in San Diego. After doing lots of research and Yelping, I found this business when it only had one review.
I booked for 15 people easily. Just give Jesse a call and he'll open up the slot you want online (if it's available) as soon as you're ready to pay.
I originally found SDOA on Groupon, but I don't recommend purchasing it from there...I'm a supporter of great family owned businesses and I'm not about the interest being taken from them. Just call in and ask for the discount code to pay directly on the business website. My family was on a budget but we were determined to do something together, and $35ish each person (after discount and tax) which included all the needed gear was a remarkable price to us for the experience.
The locations are based off which excursion you're going on. Yelp says La Jolla, but my tour was at Mission Bay Park. Jesse sent me a dropped pin and it took us straight to the lot. We walk from the lot down to the canopy on the beach. Pretty easy to find but if your lost, Jesse will walk out to find you.
I was worried my group ranging from "child" to "old people"-years old wouldn't enjoy this collaboratively. Jesse, Britney, and Barbara went above and beyond to make sure we were all happy. They made sure to pay extra attention to those who couldn't swim (or in my case, kept losing a flipper) and didn't push us beyond what we were capable of. I showed up in a group of 18, booked for 15, but only 13 of us went on the tour. I don't know their return policy, but I didn't even bother asking for a refund because of how well they took care of us. They helped us get suited up (also, their gear was notably cleaner than other rentals we've seen) and were extremely clear with instructions. They didn't even mind that our other 5 family members frolicked in the water nearby the tour just to spend time with us, so you can't just NOT tip them extra!
We swam by school of fish, rocks, plants, Jesse's son (haha), etc. He caught a lobster and giant sea slug for us to pet. I think as beginners, this tour was great for us to just figure out how to use the gear and see some water life. Make sure to bring a Go Pro if you have one. If you want to get into the harder tours, they've got sharks and sea cave life.
So so happy my family was able to do something active together after years, and I can't stress how accommodating Jesse, Britney, and Barbara were throughout the entire experience. Such nice people, and I recommend this business to anyone.