Anonymous asked in SportsSwimming & Diving · 1 decade ago

How expensive is it to get into scuba diving?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    about 300 to 500 dollars.

    depends on what kind?

  • 1 decade ago

    I got into scuba diving through lessons at a community college; it was very inexpensive. You will need to provide mask, snorkle, and fins at a minimum; you don't have to get top of the line stuff and could even buy used. Just make sure the items fit properly and are reasonably comfortable. Total investment in gear less than $100 normally, maybe $150 or so if you go for name-brand items. An open-water scuba certification course will probably be $150 to $300, perhaps a bit more if they are doing boat dives.

    Everything from wet suits to scuba tanks are rentable. You can buy your own gear later on if you find you really like to dive. If you will be doing resort diving almost exclusively, you can almost always rent gear at the resorts. But you will still want your own regulator set, perhaps a dive computer, certainly a wet suit, and perhaps your own bouyancy-compensator. That can start adding up, but you'll find the more gear you actually own, the more convenient it is to go dive, then the more you will likely do it!

    Have fun!

  • 1 decade ago

    First, you have the cost of getting certified. Prices for the course and pool work portion of your scuba diving certification can range anywhere from around $150 to several hundred. I think $200-$250 is probably about average for the course and pool portion.

    If you take the book portion online through PADI, the course currently costs $120. You still have to pay for your in water training and open water dive portions of the course.

    The price of your open water certification dives vary depending on where you take them. For instance, looking on the internet, an operator in Grand Cayman charges $325 for the 4 certification dives. The dive shop I used while on my last Cozumel scuba diving vacation was charging $185 for the 4 certification dives. So scuba diving prices can vary fairly widely depending on where you go. Estimate about $200-$250 or so on average.

    So figuring in the cost of your book, pool and open water certification dives, total cost of scuba diving certification will probably be about $350-$450. Using the same two operators I mentioned above as an example, the total cost of certification (book, pool, open water) through them would be $500 and $368.

    Adding to your scuba cost is the the fact that you will probably want to get (or will be required by your course instructor) to get your own mask, fins and snorkel (as I discuss here.) There is a wide amount of leeway here but figure about $150-$200.

    If you want to get a full set of good quality gear (the above plus BC, computer and regulator), that can easily run you over $1,000.

    Then you can get into buying all other sorts of accessories such as wetsuits, watches, dive bags, etc. You can spend as much or as little as you want on these other items. Whatever works for your wallet.

    If you are diving with a dive shop, the most common dives are 2 tank boat dives. As with the certification dives, the cost of your dives varies depending on the island and the operator. As a ballpark, in the Caribbean you can expect to pay anywhere between $75-$100 for a 2 tank boat dive with closer to $75 more the norm.

    However, on our last dive trip (to Cozumel) we paid $58 for a 2 tank boat dive so it was relatively cheap. This also included our BC rental since we didn't bring our BC's on that trip.

    If you want to rent your gear (BC, regulator, computer) a set of rental gear for the day will be in the ballpark of $25-$50. Some operators include it in the price (not the norm) and some have a discounted price for week rentals.

  • 1 decade ago

    It all depends... (prices quoted in American dollars).

    The actual class will cost from $300 to $500, and that usually includes use of rental gear for the course. All you need to provide is your own scuba-quality mask, fins, snorkel, and booties (can be had for around $150).

    After you get certified, you can either purchase all your own gear or you can rent gear from a dive store whenever you want to go diving. It will cost you around $1000 to purchase your own gear (regulator, octo, BC, gauges, wetsuit, tank, and maybe a computer, if your budget allows). You certainly don't have to purchase all the gear right away; there's no problem in purchasing what you can afford and renting the rest. If you decide to rent your gear instead of purchasing, it will cost you around $50 a day to rent. Whether it's more cost effective to rent your gear or purchase gear depends on how much you go diving, and if it's local or vacation diving. Obviously, if you only go diving on vacation, it might just be easier to rent the gear.

    Aside from that, you'll have to pay about $5 to fill your tank every time you want to go diving, and then whatever entrance fees are required by the dive site (usually free to go diving from shore, $20 to go diving at some quarries and freshwater springs, $100 to go diving from a boat).

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  • 1 decade ago

    The most cost will be in the equipment but learning is probably less than $200. If you plan on joining a dive club; I would recommend learning from a dive shop that has a dive club.

  • 1 decade ago

    well first u have to take a course which is around 150 dollars then u have to start to buy gear and if u want the good stuff i would say around 1200 if not more and if u want to take more course and other things come along that u will need. so it is really expensive

  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on your where you live. In NY, it is about $300 for classroom and pool training. Another $350 for basic personal gear (mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit.....)

    Then you have your open water training/certification. In NY, we normallly do it in our vacation in somewhere nice and warm. + $$

    Gear can go really $$$. BCP, Regulator, dive computer......

    Source(s): I am a certified diver.
  • 1 decade ago

    about 300 bucks

  • 1 decade ago

    it vary"s i got mine for about 120something. i have heard of it being under 110. find out want it is you want to dive for then go for that certification.

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