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blackfish1
posted : August 25, 2006 Post subject: advice for a newbie
Hi there

I'm looking for advice on diving: I'm on holiday in Canada, Vancouver Island and have been looking into learning to dive. It's going to cost me 200 English pounds and was wondering if this is the norm? This does include the PADI, but I'm not even sure what that is, can anyone give me some advice/ information about this - what it is, is it accepted worldwide, is it worth the money etc etc.

Any advice would be great
Thanks
K

 
Andy T
posted : August 25, 2006 Post subject: advice for a newbie
PADI is recognised world-wide. I would look at doing your Open water qualification. 200 is very reasonable for that. This will allow you to dive to 18metres with a buddy. It consists of confined water dives (Swimming pool) to get some skills and then some open water dives to try things out for real. You also have to do some reading up and some theory tests but it is all worth it in the end. you'll be completely safe with an instructor, from my experience they are constantly looking out for you. If you start having dive lessons where you are with another 4 students with just 1 instructor then go somewhere else, there are rules or guidelines which stipulate maximum pupil to tutor ratios. Good PADI training orgs will follow these or better them. I was trained with my dad and there was an instructor and dive master there at all times so someone was always there if you got into trouble. A good sign of a good training organisation is one which goes through all safety information first before you even see the kit. The info you'll learn will apply to your diving life. Such as what to do when you feel pressure in your eyes and how to signal to an instructor that you're cold, low on air, problems with ears or that you're completely fine.

As a starting point, PADI offer a Discover scuba diving session which costs about 30 and offers you a chance to try out diving and learn some underwater skills. I strongly recommend you try this before committing to a full training course.

Hope this helps,

Andy

 
Spyder_steve
posted : August 26, 2006 Post subject: advice for a newbie
I Agree with the advice Andy's telling you, do a try dive 1st, 200 GBP is a good price to pay, i would say an average "starter" course or what we refer to as a "open water diver" course is approx 300-350, but be warned of any extras you may incurr, i.e rental equipment, transfers, certificates etc, i nearly fell for this trick when i went to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt to do an Advanced open water course.

Doing a course while on holiday realley depends on what you want out of your holiday, how long your going for and weather or not your prepared to study while sunbathing !

Either way you'll enjoy it, have fun and stay safe.


 
blackfish1
posted : August 28, 2006 Post subject: advice for a newbie
Hi Andy,

Thanks for all that info. Thankfully it all ties in with what I've been told and what the schools are offering.

There is one thing though - the DSD course being offered is charged at 75 pounds, but thats with an ocean dive, time permitting I think. Is this normal/reasonable?

Thanks again
K

 
Andy T
posted : August 28, 2006 Post subject: advice for a newbie
A DSD should cost no more than 40. For 70ish I'd expect you to do a the DSD and then later on, go out on an ocean dive too. Otherwise 70ish is too much.

Andy

 
blackfish1
posted : August 28, 2006 Post subject: advice for a newbie
Hi

I've checked and there is an ocean dive included in the price so I guess its worth the money.

Thanks for all the advice - I just hope I like it now!!
K

 
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