Each student diver must purchase his/her own set of course materials through me. The eLearning materials are included in my tuition fee.
One exciting aspect of diving is the cool scuba gear that allows you to explore underwater. Students must have scuba quality fins, booties, scuba mask, snorkel, and a dive suit appropriate for the open water dive temperature to use during training. These personal items should fit well and be comfortable. I provide the scuba kit consisting of scuba tank, weights, BCD, scuba regulator, dive computer, and signaling device during training. You will train with a weight integrated BCD, premium balanced adjustable regulator, and easy to read air integrated dive computer, not cheap rental gear. You do not need a dive knife, or other add-on items unless you desire them. Gloves are optional but usually not needed. The tendency is for new divers to buy a lot of stuff they don't need, so use caution and save your money for a dive vacation to the Caribbean where you can use your new skills. Scuba quality mask, fins, snorkel, boots, and 3mm wetsuit should cost less than $300. I am an authorized dealer for EDGE and HOG and other brands of dive gear.
To provide an exceptional value to my students I offer these and other brands at special prices far below manufacturer suggested retail price. I will also match or beat online prices on these brands or comparable equipment. Visit the online store and contact me for details if you want the best value on dive equipment.
Purchasing Scuba Diving Equipment
Purchasing a scuba system is a decision that should not be rushed. As with any sport it takes experience to make an informed buying decision and know what gear is right for you, but often new divers feel pressured to buy gear immediately. This is because dive shops make the majority of their income from equipment sales and are eager to sell full packages of gear to new divers. While having your own gear can have advantages, some people choose never to buy a full set of scuba equipment. They save on airline luggage fees, travel light, and rent gear at their dive destination. Their gear is usually set up and ready to go when they board the boat. Other people enjoy owning their own equipment and feel it makes them better divers. You are free to purchase equipment anywhere you like and I will never pressure you to purchase expensive dive gear or make it part of the price of scuba lessons. I am happy to advise you in getting the best value on scuba gear. If you have your own scuba system you must demonstrate to me that it is in good condition and has been properly serviced within the last year by a qualified technician. Please consult me before burrowing or purchasing gear to be sure you get the right stuff.
Scuba Certification Cost
Safety and the quality of your training are more important than cost. I offer the best price for the quality personalized service and thorough training you will receive. I customize training to suit the students' learning style, needs, and preferences. My classes are limited to a maximum of four people- often less. You won't be sitting on the bottom of a pool or lake waiting for six or more students to do scuba skills during your scuba diving lessons. You will get ample time to practice, become comfortable in the water, and have fun learning real diving skills. My students get significantly more time with me above and below the water compared to most instructors and you can ask me questions electronically at any time. Be cautious if the advertised price of scuba lessons seems too good to be true. Cheap lessons are cheap for a reason and it is usually a complex gimmick to sell you lots of stuff before you have the knowledge to make decisions for yourself or there are lots of hidden costs. Be sure to ask exactly what is included in the class and what things are not when comparing prices. Here is a handy Scuba Certification Cost Worksheet to help you determine the best value and stay within a budget.
Cost for the PADI Open Water Scuba Course is $699.99 and includes:
- Electronic Course Materials, electronic dive planner, and electronic logbook.
- Knowledge development, pool, and open water instruction.
- Use of premium SCUBA unit. Air fills for pool training and first checkout dive.
- Certification Card.
- Paper manual, dive planner, and paper logbook available at additional cost if desired.
- All certifications include a donation on your behalf to Project AWARE.
- Food, lodging, and transportation to open water dive site.
- Entry fees and air fills at open water dive site (first air fill provided).
- Additional pool, open water time if needed.
- Open water dives in Caribbean destination (please inquire).
- Mask, fins, snorkel, booties, and wetsuit suitable for temperature of open water dive site.
- Private one-on-one, couples or family instruction is available for an additional fee
All classes and merchandise are 5% off in 2019 to celebrate Transformation Scuba's 5th year in business! May not be combined with any other offer.
You should have reasonable swimming skills, be comfortable in the water, and have good physical and mental health. You will be required to complete a mask, fins, and snorkel swim for 300 meters/yards and be able to float or tread water for 10 minutes without aids. You will need to be able to breathe from a snorkel or regulator without a mask at times during training. Some people have trouble with this so I highly recommend trying this in a swimming pool or bathtub before you commit to scuba lessons. You should be comfortable using a mask, fins and snorkel before taking the course. See me FMI. Be sure to confirm that you are healthy for diving by carefully reading and completing the Medical Statement and Questionnaire and meeting with a physician if required before committing to scuba lessons. I know we often ignore the fine print these days, but you must read this entire document carefully and answer every question with the full word YES or NO.
You should be at least 18 years old. I may offer junior certifications to exceptional young people 13 or older when taking a class along with a parent.