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Old 06-23-2015, 05:57 PM   #1
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Wife and I have been wanting to get into the sport. How much to get certified, and then how much for gear ? I am talking about everything, we have nothing. Not wanting top of the line, but not wanting cheapest that will get me killed either. This is talking about used equipment (rough estimate).
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Probably in the $2000 range each. Lots of variables in that but middle of the road with lessons, that's probably about right.
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Probably in the $2000 range each. Lots of variables in that but middle of the road with lessons, that's probably about right.
So thats including us BOTH getting certified ?????
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Getting certified is cheap. The gear is where you drop the coin. When I got certified the classes was around $100. Think they are double that now.

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I bought some nice gear off eBay. Had it inspected, and was told I did well.
A guy was getting married and selling all his toys.
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Cert will run you $200-$250. You can buy the whole set up, if you're patent) for $300-$500 all day long if you buy used. You could also buy both sets of gear for les than $500. You just have to be patient.
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I am a scuba instructor who specializes in CUSTOM certifications, instead of group classes. One of the perks is helping find and buy scuba gear. Lots of satisfied customers. 678 951-5460. dive1unlimited.com You will love scuba.
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Also, recently helped someone get geared up for $1,100. Also, to rent gear is very inexpensive, just a hassle.
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I got cert'd in Guam. To get to Advanced cost me like $300. I was renting gear $20 w/2 bottles. Was getting expensive diving 5x a week. I bought my own gear new. Cost me like $1500 that was dive computer, BCD, etc.. Sold it for $1000 2 years later. If u buy used get it inspected. In total I spent about $2k to get cert'd and geared up. This was in Guam where there are more dive shops than McD's and BK's combined.
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If you do a group class at one of the local shops, it shouldn't be more than about $200.00 per person for the class. You can do private classes, but that'll likely cost you more... I'm not sure what the going rate is for private classes right now.

There's typically some gear you have to buy for class (the more personal items): mask, fins, booties, and snorkel. This snorkel gear can cost as little as a couple hundred, or as much as about $400 per person, depending on what you select.
Out of the snorkel gear, the mask is the most important one to get right. Be sure you find the one that fits you best, regardless of price. You may end up with a $40 mask, or you might end up with a $90 mask... just be sure it fits and seals to your face well and is comfortable for you.

I also recommend buying a wetsuit, but I get cold easily... you might not. The shop does have wetsuits for students to use during class.

As for the rest of the gear (BC, regs, tanks, etc), you can find it used all the time.
Shortly after my certification, I picked up a BC, regs, a tank, and assorted other accessories for $300 or $350 from an older guy who was getting out of diving.
I brought it all down to MBT and they inspected it, tested the regs, etc., and said the gear was good to go.

Over the years since then, I've gradually replaced every bit of the used gear I started with, as I learned more about diving and the old used gear started wearing out.

There's nothing wrong with used gear, but talk to your instructor, or someone else knowledgeable about gear, before buying used or new.

Just remember, you don't HAVE to have everything right away. Rentals aren't that expensive.
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