|>I want to become PADA certified --
|>I currently live in Indiana but visit FL frequently (ie: 5 times a year)
|>and after school plan on moving to FL (next April). A local dive shop
|>is offering the PADI course for $200 which includes everything (open water
|>dives, wet suits, tanks, etc -- except fins, mask and snorkel. Is $200
|>the "going" rate?
Seems pretty reasonable to me. I got certified in Maryland in 1987, and it
cost me $225, plus fins, mask, snorkel, weight belt and weights.
Be wary of places that offer cheap certifications. I know of a number of
places around here which advertise $120 classes, but you have to buy books,
pay for pool memberships, rent gear, and pay extra for the certification
dives. The equivalent cost at one place I priced out would have been over
Reece R. Pollack
PADI Adv O/W, Night/Deep/Wreck/Equip Spec.