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Old 03-12-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Can anybody tell me of a good place around the pensacola or mobile are to get certified as a beginner? i want to get certified but am not lookin to spend alot of money. any suggestions would be great. thanks
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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mobile-- deep south divers. if you sign up before monday i think it is 100 bucks.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:21 PM   #3
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MBT DIVERS!!!!!!!

IMHO they are the best!!!!!!!!!
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kahala boy (3/12/2009)MBT DIVERS!!!!!!!

IMHO they are the best!!!!!!!!!
Yep,

Definately go to MBT. I think their winter time special of $149.99 is still the price. That includes everything you need to get certified other than your snorkle gear. You can start Wednesday and have your cert by Sunday. Or you can spread the classes, pool work, and cert dives out over how ever long you want to take.
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Take a ride down to MBT and talk to them about getting certified. It's the shop I choose to use for all my training, and I bought most of my gear there.

You'd be hard pressed to find a better group of people to dive with.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:45 PM   #6
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I kinda like MBT but the thing to remember when looking at classes is to compare apples to apples. I am a former instrutor and Icould have told you I would teach you to dive for $50 but then you would have to buy books, personal gear,ect. ect. The point is don't go by just price make sure your comparing everything equally. Good luck
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:50 PM   #7
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Another thing I would go with NAUI or PADI. I'm kinda partial to these agencies.

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PADI open water that got me started.
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dolfan29 (3/12/2009)I kinda like MBT but the thing to remember when looking at classes is to compare apples to apples. I am a former instrutor and Icould have told you I would teach you to dive for $50 but then you would have to buy books, personal gear,ect. ect. The point is don't go by just price make sure your comparing everything equally. Good luck
That's what is great about the MBT shop. Their price is for everything minus your snorkle gear (Mask, snorkle, booties, fins). You can choose to spend as little or as much as you want on that stuff. Fins can run around $100+ for a decent pair. Mask can be anything from the walmart special at $11.99 to the top of the line mask of $100 or so. Snorkle can be a straw for all that it matters. There's nothing special about a snorkel. Booties are going to run about $30-$40 or so.

So on average it's going to cost you about $350 plus or minus someto get certified if you want good enough fins to keep you going in the sport after your cert. I dove a Walmart mask for 1.5 years before I got me a good one.

Now over in Mobile, I have no freaking clue over that way.
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Can't say enough about MBT. Great place and great people. Fritz will also give yoy a discount on your equipment afterwards which will make up alot of the training price.
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Another vote for MBT here. Can't say enough good stuff about them.
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