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Old 10-11-2012, 08:25 AM   #16
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I wanted it to be a Christmas gift, but I don't know about diving around here that time of year. The water would be extremely cold. Wouldn't the equipment be more expensive for cold water?
Just get a GC to the dive shop that you will use. Get the classes and certification in before the Keys trip.
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Check out local dive shops. Me and my DD (11, 10 at the time) did our certification classes together over 1 1/2 days, took our test, and then did a day and a half of pool training. I then did my final cert dives in Hawaii, while she did hers at Table Rock in Missouri. While mine were a whole lot cooler and more fun than hers, hers were a lot less expensive!

Your DS can do all of his training up to his open water dives locally, and then transfer his certification to a dive shop in the Keys to do his final 4 open water dives, pretty easy.

He will need to at least have his own mask, snorkel, fins and booties, which can cost lots and lots, but probably will be around $150, get decent to good fins, and a good mask.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:54 AM   #18
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Check out local dive shops. Me and my DD (11, 10 at the time) did our certification classes together over 1 1/2 days, took our test, and then did a day and a half of pool training. I then did my final cert dives in Hawaii, while she did hers at Table Rock in Missouri. While mine were a whole lot cooler and more fun than hers, hers were a lot less expensive!

Your DS can do all of his training up to his open water dives locally, and then transfer his certification to a dive shop in the Keys to do his final 4 open water dives, pretty easy.

He will need to at least have his own mask, snorkel, fins and booties, which can cost lots and lots, but probably will be around $150, get decent to good fins, and a good mask.
That sounds good. I wouldn't mind doing the pool training here and the dives elsewhere. The local dive shop offers dives all over the world. There's one off the NC coast.

Any suggestions on which fins and mask?
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