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Old 10-10-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Diving Certification

My DS19 wants to get his diving certification this year. I really know nothing about diving. We live right outside Charlotte, NC. I am looking for advice. What do we need to look for in instruction? How many classes do you usually take to get certified? What is the average cost of everything? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

He really wants to get certified before next summer. He plans to go diving in the Keys.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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I don't have the answers to your questions, but is he in college and can he take it as a class? My DS is taking it this semester as a class in college for a PE credit.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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I don't have the answers to your questions, but is he in college and can he take it as a class? My DS is taking it this semester as a class in college for a PE credit.
No, he's in senior year of high school.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:40 PM   #4
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When I took mine last year it was 199.00 for 6 classes, then two days of open water. I had to pay a boat fee of $45.00 but most of the time you don't get certified off of a boat.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:27 PM   #5
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I think I'll call around to see what is available in this area.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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Hmmm...I'm trying to remember. My DS13 got certified as soon as he turned 10. I remember there being actual classroom classes and the written test. I remember at least 4 classes in the pool. Then he did his certification dives in Turks and Caicos.

He loves it and I'm sure your DS will too!!!
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:33 PM   #7
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Hmmm...I'm trying to remember. My DS13 got certified as soon as he turned 10. I remember there being actual classroom classes and the written test. I remember at least 4 classes in the pool. Then he did his certification dives in Turks and Caicos.

He loves it and I'm sure your DS will too!!!
I think it will be great for him. He loves the ocean.
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DD got certified 2 summers ago. She attended a week long day camp that was $325 and included the classes, the boat for the certification dives, use of a wet suit, and the testing.
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DD got certified 2 summers ago. She attended a week long day camp that was $325 and included the classes, the boat for the certification dives, use of a wet suit, and the testing.
It would be nice to be closer to the ocean. I think we would have more options.
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Charlotte? Easy...there's a quarry in where everyone goes to dive in I THINK Lake Norman. http://www.lakenormanscuba.com/
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I think it would make sense for him to do it ON vacation. A lot of divemasters offer certification packages that you do in several days, specifically at resort areas.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:59 AM   #12
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I became certified as an open diver about 3 years ago. The classes and certification were actually a Christmas present from my employer.

The process included 10 hours of classroom time, 10 hours of pool time, and 4 check out dives done in a quarry. Class and pool at the YMCA. I did have to purchase a mask, fins, snorkel, booties and pay for a rental wetsuit for the checkout dives. That could easily be another $150 or more on top of the certification class.

From beginning to certification, it was probably about a month or so long. A total of 5 classes, both classroom and pool time. That was done in about 3 weeks. Then a few weeks later we went to the quarry for our certification dives. Come to think of it, we actually went to the quarry twice.

I highly recommend that he gets certified before vacation. It is intensive, time-consuming training. I would want to go to the Keys ready to dive and explore, not to sit in a classroom.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:47 AM   #13
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Definitely get certified before vacation. I did it many many years ago and it was a great experience. The resort courses are to much to quick...I would prefer having the time to really learn and understand.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:33 AM   #14
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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?
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:50 AM   #15
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I thought it was great to do in the winter. We got the classes and pool part out of the way, then scheduled the open water part for spring.

Great gift! Call your local community college and see if you have a dive store to check into classes!
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