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BabyAvocado
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Talk to me about Scuba certifications

Does anyone know what I need to do in order to be able to dive here in the states? I dove in the carribean several years ago and all we had to do was a 3 hr course in the pool and then I was able to do a 30ft dive.

We are planning a trip to the Keys and I want to be able to Scuba. How much can I expect to pay (an arm and a leg, I'm sure)?

Posted 3/14/06 2:21 PM
 
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Stacey1403
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Re: Talk to me about Scuba certifications

My sister is certified I'll ask her for you and FM you the infoChat Icon

Posted 3/14/06 2:22 PM
 

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oooh! Chat Icon Dh and i are going to get our PADI certification (there are several kinds) at Pan Aqua, in the city, so we can dive in Tahiti.

http://www.panaqua.com/

Message edited 7/13/2007 6:30:30 AM.

Posted 3/14/06 2:24 PM
 

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Re: Talk to me about Scuba certifications

My best friend and her father are scuba instructors, I can ask them if you want.

Posted 3/14/06 2:25 PM
 

BabyAvocado
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Re: Talk to me about Scuba certifications

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My sister is certified I'll ask her for you and FM you the infoChat Icon



Thanks!

And yes, Marcie, if you don't mind I would like it if you asked.

I'm doing some research and I see that the hotels offer classes but I can't tell what kind of dive it allows you to go on, etc.

Posted 3/14/06 2:28 PM
 

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I sent my sister an e-mail. I'll let you know what she saysChat Icon

Posted 3/14/06 2:42 PM
 

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Re: Talk to me about Scuba certifications

it cost me about 500 to get certified 8 years ago, the equipment is the real expensive part. I really dont think it is that much more now. any course that you take that you do not get a certification from is only limited to 30 foot dives. Honestly, to me that is ideal, I have more fun on shallower dives than on deep ones, and its less hassle because you dont need to do the stops and everything on the way back up.

ETA: I took my certification class at Danny's Dive shop in Baldwin, the pool classes were at the freeport rec center and the open water cert dives we did in the rockaways.

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Posted 3/14/06 2:43 PM
 

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Re: Talk to me about Scuba certifications

I'm PADI certified to do Open Water Dives. It was a 6 week course in New Hyde Park, followed by an open water test in
Here are some links from the PADI website:
http://www.padi.com/english/common/search/dcnr/search.asp?Country=US&State=NY++&City=&Name=&CourseType=OW&Submit=Submit+Query

I think it was about $400 - plus the cost of the equipment. You dont' have to buy all of the equipment for your test - just the snorkel, fins, and mask.

http://www.swimandscuba.com/diveincny/camp.asp

Posted 3/14/06 2:46 PM
 

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Re: Talk to me about Scuba certifications

From what I know, I remember PADI not being as "good" as the other cert. you can take. There's a guy over in Levittown that's great and has his own shop...Tiedmann's I think it's called. His name is Ed and he's a really nice guy.

Posted 3/14/06 3:13 PM
 

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Re: Talk to me about Scuba certifications

I think my certification was around $300. It took an entire weekend and then another weekend for certification dives.

Posted 3/14/06 11:33 PM
 

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Re: Talk to me about Scuba certifications

Posted by BabyAvocado

Posted by Stacey1403

My sister is certified I'll ask her for you and FM you the infoChat Icon



Thanks!

And yes, Marcie, if you don't mind I would like it if you asked.

I'm doing some research and I see that the hotels offer classes but I can't tell what kind of dive it allows you to go on, etc.




If you want to enjoy your trip you will want to be certified before you go because there is a classroom and test part in addition to the dive part and the dive part of the certification is not a "fun" dive. You have to show that you can actually do all the skills they taught you.

Posted 3/14/06 11:34 PM
 
 

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