How Much Will Scuba Certification Cost?
As you’ve probably already guessed, the cost of scuba diving and your certification varies depending on many factors. The price will depend on where you plan to dive, and whether it is off-season or in-season.
We’re not going to leave you without an answer though. Here are some estimates on what you should expect to spend.
Remember, scuba diving is not the cheapest hobby, but the price seems unimportant once you slide underwater and see all of the beauty surrounding you.
- 1 Your Cost For Scuba Diving Certification
- 2 Your Total Cost To Get Scuba Diving Certified
- 3 Scuba Gear – Getting Outfitted To Dive
- 4 Scuba Diving Prices – Fun Trips and Dives
- 5 Are You Ready to Get Started Today?
Your Cost For Scuba Diving Certification
Getting certified to scuba dive is becoming more popular every year. We get asked for prices constantly. As we mentioned before, there is no exact answer. It will depend on what type of training you want, where, and when. Following is a list of estimated costs for scuba certification to give you an idea.
Part 1 – The Classroom
The first part of your diving certification program is done in the classroom. You learn the basics of diving and get a good understanding of what to expect. You can do the academic portion of your training online instead of in a classroom. The online course costs $185. If you want to get the textbook and a DVD, you will pay $146.
Part 2 – Pool Dives – Learning In Safety
You need to start in a safe place to learn how your equipment works, which is done in a swimming pool. The pool dive section of your training costs $190 for adult divers and $205 for children. The children’s class is usually smaller, resulting in a higher price. If you choose to do this section of your training at another training facility, or pool, you will need to check their pricing.
Part 3 – Open Water Dives – Stepping Into Nature
Practicing in open water if the final phase of your scuba diving certification training. It requires four dives to complete the section of training. Prices for scuba diving vary greatly depending on location. You should expect your costs to be around $200 to $250.
Your Total Cost To Get Scuba Diving Certified
If we combine the costs of your classroom/online training, pool dives, and open water dives, your total cost for your scuba diving certification will cost between $350 to $450. Some trainers offer a complete package at a single price, but you should still estimate your total price will be between those numbers.
Scuba Gear – Getting Outfitted To Dive
Are you planning to buy your own scuba gear after you finish your certification, or to continue renting? Renting equipment is cheaper up front, but if you dive frequently, the cost of buying may be cheaper. The prices of diving gear vary greatly depending on the equipment you choose, and whether you buy new or used equipment when you rent.
You should plan on buying your own mask, fins, and a snorkel. Many instructors require you to buy this equipment before starting. You may want to buy your own dive computer, too. It is easier to learn how to use one dive computer and use it continually, than learning to use a different brand at each dive location.
To just get the basics, without the computer, you should expect to pay around $150 to $200. If you want to get fully outfitted, which would include the mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, dive computer, and a scuba regulator, you could spend over $1000.
If you are trying to save money, do not try to save it on the regulator. Your regulator can be the difference between life and death. Ask your dive instructor and dive shop for recommendations for a high-quality regulator. This same advice applies to all of your gear, quality is critical.
Just getting your basic gear is not the end of your shopping. You may want to invest in a wetsuit, dive watch, a dive bag, and other diving accessories. If you are like most divers, you collect these things over time as your budget allows. The basics will get you started and you can add accessories along the way.
Scuba Diving Prices – Fun Trips and Dives
Once you have that certification in hand, you are going to be itching to go diving. You can already picture that first tropical dive. The most popular dives are a 2 tank boat dives. Your costs will vary depending on location, time of the year, and the operator.
For a Caribbean outing, you should estimate paying around $75 to $!30 for a 2 tank boat dive, with most operators charging closer to $75. You can find cheaper dives at international destinations, with dive prices dipping to around $50.
Renting your equipment will add a little more to the diving expenses. You should expect a full set of rental gear to cost about $25 to $50 for the day. A few operators include the price in their fees, but that is not common. If you are doing an entire week of diving, ask about weekly rental discounts, offered by most dive shops.
Are You Ready to Get Started Today?
Scuba diving is not the cheapest hobby, but it is one of the most rewarding. There is not other hobby that will give you the level of adventure and memories that scuba diving provides.