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1. Posted by hendrix147 (Full Member 44 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i leave in may for my rtw trip, going to usa,fiji,nz,aus,bali,singapore up to thailand and really want to get my diving licence. has anyone got any suggestions on the best places to do this and also how much it costs?

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Simon!

I reside in the US, so this is where I, and my husband, did our "Open Water" training. The prices in the States will vary greatly depending on where you are planning to visit. If you are heading to the East Coast, like New York, taking any training in May or June will be quite cold. Florida will have warmer waters and a bit better visibility on the Gulf side rather than on the Atlantic side, which will still be better than up north (Atlantic). California will be somewhere in between regarding temps (Pacific) with decent visibility. Prices run on average, about $300-450US for the complete course.

From "talking" with other divers here (on TP), I would be more likely to recommend getting your certification in any of the other countries you have mentioned. You will experience warmer waters, probably better visibility and cheaper prices. I am sure you will be hearing from more people soon.

We live in the upper Midwest so took our trainings in local lakes with 50F water and almost no visibility. Taking the training somewhere warm and beautiful is better than what we did!

3. Posted by hendrix147 (Full Member 44 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the advise gretchen, i think your definetly right about the warm water bit, dont fancy it in cold water much. im thinking fiji might be the best option, meant to be one of the top ten sites in the world, and after doing a bit of research i have found it to be pretty cheap aswell between 400 and 700 fiji dollars about 100 to 200 pound i think.

4. Posted by liz411 (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to Australia in June and am taking the course
in New York City ($275.00) for pool. We will do our
open water dives in Australia. This is the 2nd time
I'm taking the course -- haven't been diving in
a long while and thought it best to repeat it.

5. Posted by vix (Inactive 31 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I would actually suggest you consider thailand. Its probably the cheapest place to do your open water. Ive just been there and did one myself. It cost 8000 baht which is about £120. There is a really good diving school on koh tao (south west island) called simple life...if you sign up for a course you pay practically nothing for your bungalow and the instructors are apparently very good (I actually used the big blue diving school but a friend of mine actually went to this one and it seemed a lot better).

Anyway, have a wicked time wherever you complete it!


6. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Dive in Australia (north of Bundaberg in Queensland). It may not be as cheap as Fiji or Thailand, but then you can say that you started on the Great Barrier Reef. I have dived in a lot of places in Oceania and the different dives on the GBR definitely beats all.

7. Posted by hendrix147 (Full Member 44 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks for all your advise folks, think im gonna go for it in fiji,because its near the begining of my trip, then that means i can dive anywhere after that without tuition. is this right?

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yes, you are correct. As long as you have completed the training - including the required open water dives - (and passed) you will be issued a temporary "C" card (certification card). You will be asked to have two pictures taken - sometimes the dive facility will take your pic too - for submission to PADI (or whichever course you complete - ie: NAUI, SSI, etc.) for your permanent card. The dive facility sends in all the paperwork/pics to PADI.

I did find that the first few places I went diving, the dive facility asked me to demonstrate certain techniques - just to show I knew what I had learned. Very basic things so not to worry. A good facility will not just take your word for your skill ability when your card is new. All you will have to pay for are the dives themselves, if not included in a travel/hotel package.

Every dive I have been on through a dive facility, and I've been certified since 1986, the dive master has gone through the hand signals, etc before you ever get off the boat or shore. They just want everyone on the same page - understandably.

Good luck with the training - it's not hard!!! And, be ready for lots and lots of reading at first. Part of the deal, but well worth the time and effort!!! You are going to LOVE IT!!!!!