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Old 06-25-2018, 01:47 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I'm in Pensacola seeking information about getting my diving certification.
Should I look for a set of used books before going forward ?
Looking for advice.
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:02 PM   #2
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Go see MBT OR Dive Pros. You only need fins, mask and snorkel for the class. They provide all else. First part is all online.
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Not sure you'd save that much money on used books. Agree with the first part being online. I'd still go by DP and talk with them, get the nickle tour. I believe they offer military/veteran/retired discounts.
Important to meet the people that will put your head underwater! (lol)
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Thanks all, that will get me pointed in the right direction.
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My whole family used MBT before they had the online courses and I don't regret using them at all. My son (certified) just signed up his wife with MBT this weekend.
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I just got certified about 5 weeks ago using MBT. I have nothing but good things to say about them. They went above and beyond to accommodate the wife and I.


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I got certified through MBT about 12 years ago, and I just signed up my 15 year-old nephew to certify with them when he visits this summer.


The online course work seems to take most people between 6 and 8 hours. Some are faster, some are slower.


After the course work is completed, there's a classroom session, then the rest of the certification process consists of skills training and checkout dives over the course of a weekend.


You'll have to buy a mask, fins, booties, and snorkel. Personally, I'd also want a wetsuit and gloves because I'm cold-natured in the water. They have plenty of loaner wetsuits at the shop, but you can buy your own (that no one else has ever peed in) for a reasonable price.


The gear used for the students in class appears to have been recently upgraded. It looked like they were all Atomic Z2 regs with console-mounted Suunto Zoop dive computers.
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Even if you don't buy a wetsuit: a full body (or multiple piece rash guard)will keep most the jelly fish stings at bay and makes it easier to pull on wetsuits.
I recommend stopping in both places (lest we forget Shuba Shack and Breeze Dive center as well), spend some time with the staff and get a feel for the operation untill you are comfortable with the instuctor and process.
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Even if you don't buy a wetsuit: a full body (or multiple piece rash guard)will keep most the jelly fish stings at bay and makes it easier to pull on wetsuits.
I recommend stopping in both places (lest we forget Shuba Shack and Breeze Dive center as well), spend some time with the staff and get a feel for the operation untill you are comfortable with the instuctor and process.
Best advice I could give is above as well.
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Well?
Did ya get your ticket punched? (card..)
When can I take you and throw you off my boat? OK, gentle push maybe ..
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