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I have a question. If I wanted to get certified, what is a reasonable cost in the Philippines, and length of time to become certified.

 

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ckfm
I have a question. If I wanted to get certified, what is a reasonable cost in the Philippines, and length of time to become certified.

 

Thanks,

 

 

You have to do 2 courses, the "open Water" and " advanced open water". The advanced open water allows you to dive deeper than 18 m and with a buddy while the open water limits this to a dive instructor.

 

Check it out at www. padi.com

 

You could also do Nitrox but it's a waste of money I think.

 

Cost for both courses is around $600 to $700 inc. books I believe. You can do the 2 courses separately with different shops as well. I think the cheapest ones is the local one in Moalboal but not necessarily the one I would recommend.

 

Rather spent a bit more money, serioulsy, it is about your safety.

 

Length of time is 7 to 10 days for both together, you could do it faster but, again, not recommended.

 

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You have to do 2 courses, the "open Water" and " advanced open water". The advanced open water allows you to dive deeper than 18 m and with a buddy while the open water limits this to a dive instructor.

 

Check it out at www. padi.com

 

You could also do Nitrox but it's a waste of money I think.

 

Cost for both courses is around $600 to $700 inc. books I believe. You can do the 2 courses separately with different shops as well. I think the cheapest ones is the local one in Moalboal but not necessarily the one I would recommend.

 

Rather spent a bit more money, serioulsy, it is about your safety.

 

Length of time is 7 to 10 days for both together, you could do it faster but, again, not recommended.

 

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An openwater certification allows a diver to rent tanks and go diving with any other certified diver. No instructor is needed. An open water course including books is roughly 400usd/20'000p excluding maybe only sanctuary fees. I am a Padi master scuba diver trainer for 15 yrs and still currently teaching here in Dumaguete/ Scianna the limitations you are thinking about may be Padi scuba diver which means you must dive with a certified divemaster or above.. The Advanced open water course is about 250 usd plus book If anyone has any questions feel free to pm me. The open water course can be completed in 3 to 4 days

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An openwater certification allows a diver to rent tanks and go diving with any other certified diver. No instructor is needed. An open water course including books is roughly 400usd/20'000p excluding maybe only sanctuary fees. I am a Padi master scuba diver trainer for 15 yrs and still currently teaching here in Dumaguete/ Scianna the limitations you are thinking about may be Padi scuba diver which means you must dive with a certified divemaster or above.. The Advanced open water course is about 250 usd plus book If anyone has any questions feel free to pm me. The open water course can be completed in 3 to 4 days

 

 

I first did the open water course and when I wanted to dive in Moalboal and Panglao, I was told that I needed the Advanced open water course if I wanted to dive deeper. You can check with Abyss and Savedra in Moalboal, that's how they handle it.

 

Maybe different in Dumagete but I guess Paul want s to dive mostly in Moalboal, so he may face some problems.

 

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Like BikerDave said there is no restriction on depth (other than the recreational diving limits 130') for OW divers. Any company can restrict the limits of their tours depending on the experience level of the participating divers/customers.

 

From what I've seen prices are a little higher here than in the states or other locations (partially due to the steep costs of materials and the burden of import taxes) I hope to be starting something up in the near future and will be offering private and semi private courses.. My costs will be a bit less due to minmum over head. I think as one gets a little older NITROX is an especially good specialty to have for a variety of reasons, especially since it decreases the amount of Nitrogen that you body absorbs during a dive.

 

As I posted in an earlier post I've been a PADI Master Instructor for a long time and am moving here to pursue my dream of living the diving lifestyle and teaching SCUBA.. I am certified to teach

Open Water----Advanced----Rescue---Dive Master----Assistant Instructor

 

CPR/First Aid-- Emergency O2----Deep Diver--- Night Diver---Drift Diver---Boat Diver---Nitrox----Coral Reef Conservation----Wreck----Search and Recovery-----Bouyancy Control and Underwater Hunter(wont be teaching this).

 

Anyway if anyone is interested in these types of certifications I will be happy to put something together for you and I am especially interested in putting to together multiple certification packages..

 

 

Cheers,

Roger

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bikerdave
I first did the open water course and when I wanted to dive in Moalboal and Panglao, I was told that I needed the Advanced open water course if I wanted to dive deeper. You can check with Abyss and Savedra in Moalboal, that's how they handle it.

 

Maybe different in Dumagete but I guess Paul want s to dive mostly in Moalboal, so he may face some problems.

 

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The rules are the same at all padi dive centers you may dive with any certified buddy/without a divemaster or instructor. Allthough it is recomended to have a DM that knows the local area. Training is to 18m/60ft. An advanced course does include a deep dive of up to 30m/100ft. many openwater divers do in fact dive deeper than 18m but it is not recomended and often discouraged although some shops do allow it depending on the divers experience level. You can have an advaced diver with 9 dives or an openwater diver with 100 + dives. So which one has more experience?

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I have a question. If I wanted to get certified, what is a reasonable cost in the Philippines, and length of time to become certified.

 

Thanks,

 

 

Paul, I can vouch for Bikerdave's knowledge and reputation in this area. Also if there is a discrepancy about diving in Moalboal as opposed to Dumaguete you can check with Mike at Adventure Dive. He taught for a couple of years in Moalboal before moving here to Duma 5 years ago. Also his certification rates are listed on his website;

 

http://www.adventurediveshop.com/rates.html

 

Larry in Dumaguete

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The rules are the same at all padi dive centers you may dive with any certified buddy/without a divemaster or instructor. Allthough it is recomended to have a DM that knows the local area. Training is to 18m/60ft. An advanced course does include a deep dive of up to 30m/100ft. many openwater divers do in fact dive deeper than 18m but it is not recomended and often discouraged although some shops do allow it depending on the divers experience level. You can have an advaced diver with 9 dives or an openwater diver with 100 + dives. So which one has more experience?

 

 

Maybe you did not listen or don't want to.. The rules are not the same. I even listed the names of the dive shops.

 

Juts because you are a DM doesn't make me a hard of hearing?

 

 

I find 20,000 pesos way too much for a open water course. I think you should be able to get it for 15,000 minus inc. new book and certification.

 

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Paul

No need to argue the point, fellas. I was just tryin' to get an idea of the costs.

 

I appreciate the multitude of offers I have received via PM. I was shocked, i fact, to receive so many.

 

Oh, this is for me, and possibly other friends too. I'm not sure about them yet, though.

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No need to argue the point, fellas. I was just tryin' to get an idea of the costs.

 

I appreciate the multitude of offers I have received via PM. I was shocked, i fact, to receive so many.

 

Oh, this is for me, and possibly other friends too. I'm not sure about them yet, though.

 

 

paul they just not made a BCD ur size yet :D

 

PADI rules are uniform no matter what part of the world or country you are in.

 

Dive safe :P

 

Mike

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paul they just not made a BCD ur size yet :D

 

PADI rules are uniform no matter what part of the world or country you are in.

 

Dive safe :P

 

Mike

 

LOL. I remember, some time back, when I was using a Hookah (spelling?) with a friend, I had to put on enough weights to be... whatever you divers call it .. zero bubble, zero balanced, whatever the hell it is. Anyway, I recall they had to put on... well, just a couple more weights for me. I won't discuss how many we are talking here. But, I could have supplied the PNP with bullets for years, with those weights. :D :D

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I find 20,000 pesos way too much for a open water course. I think you should be able to get it for 15,000 minus inc. new book and certification.

 

 

I agree.

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spooks
I agree.

 

 

I disagree my time is worth a lot I would not charge less! especially as am providing all gear etc and books. Indeed for a small class ie less than 4 I would happily charge more.

 

Days of diving on the cheap ae over unless you are into factory diving. I have never met any diver who has been through the dive factory system to be safe, competent or fun to be with, too busy worrying over them!

 

Mike

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I disagree my time is worth a lot I would not charge less! especially as am providing all gear etc and books. Indeed for a small class ie less than 4 I would happily charge more.

 

Days of diving on the cheap ae over unless you are into factory diving. I have never met any diver who has been through the dive factory system to be safe, competent or fun to be with, too busy worrying over them!

 

Mike

 

 

Don't forget to charge him "the straight nose tax" !

 

:lol:

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misty
I have a question. If I wanted to get certified, what is a reasonable cost in the Philippines, and length of time to become certified.

 

Thanks,

 

You should try muff diving, it's much safer. You don't need any specialist equipment either, as long as you can breath through your ears :lol:

 

 

:lol:

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