Re: Re: Re: Find a good instructor and take a serious course.

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Posted by Walt on May 07, 2007 at 21:03:46:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Find a good instructor and take a serious course. posted by kylecawazafla on May 06, 2007 at 08:36:58:

You might also look around for a YMCA or NAUI instructor (some community colleges also offer courses) to do some course comparison and check prices in your area. Price aside, the key is how much real training will you receive for your money and how demanding will the instructor be? Check the curriculum and what's included or additional.

Basic instruction should include 9 plus hours EACH of class work, pool work and ocean / open water work (4 plus dives) - that's at least 27 hours total training that should not include travel or administrivia. And this is just beginning ("BASIC") instruction... eventually go on for intermediate and advanced.

My parents wouldn't pay for my scuba training either. Took me quite a number of years to get to a position where I could afford it. But I wouldn't have it any other way... good luck!

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