The Dive Otter

How to Begin?

It's super simple...
Step 1 - Find a shop that fits your vibe and is local
Step 2 - Sign up for the Open Water Certification and 4 Open Water Dives (~$600)
Step 3 - Buy the minimum gear (~$350)
Step 4 - Complete the online classes
Step 5 - Complete the pool sessions [2-5 sessions over 2 days]
Step 6 - Complete the open water sessions [4 sessions over 2 days]
FINISHED - Congratulations! You're a certified scuba civer.

In total, you should budget around $1,000 to "Get Your Card." While you might save $50 here or there, the general cost is about $1,000.

Step 1 - Find a shop that fits your vibe

While it's ideal to choose an instructor, in reality, it’s more practical to start with the shop. Instructors often aren’t available to speak with before you commit to a class, and shops typically have multiple instructors. Here’s what to consider when selecting a shop:

Diving is a social activity, and you'll need to interact with the shop regularly for gear and tank rentals. Choose a shop you enjoy visiting; a positive experience with the shop will enhance your diving journey. If you prefer a private instructor, I recommend Richard Tessell (@nosmosisprod). He offers private classes through his own company and also teaches at Crystal Blue Divingi.

Step 3 - Buy The Minimum Gear

Why do you need to buy your own gear? Because the industry said so. Honestly. Apart from the mask, which needs to fit you personally, fins and snorkels should be rentable. However, since dive shops don't make much profit from training alone, they require you to buy gear to sustain their business. While this increases the initial financial barrier, it's understandable.

This approach ensures you have the essential gear while supporting your local dive shop's sustainability.