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Onboard Instruction

Discussion in 'All Star Liveaboards' started by jlcnuke, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
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    The various liveaboards all offer onboard specialty instructions, but I noticed on the website it states that "Instructional materials not included".

    Are divers expected to have bought and completed all the instructional materials before showing up, or is that available onboard and just not included in the price shown? If so, what is the additional cost?

    I'm looking to do a couple specialties on my trip and want to make sure I understand what I need to bring/do before the trip to make that happen.
     
  2. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Napa, California
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    Sounds like it's time to call the boat operator.
    Most likely, they'll have the stuff there, and are just telling you that it's an extra charge beyond the instruction fee. Not uncommon.

    But make sure they aren't expecting you to have completed the knowledge reviews (if applicable) before you arrive with your own books. They should be able to tell you what they mean on the phone.

    Most specialty packs are $70-120 extra, with book, video and perhaps a slate.
    PADI Examples (retail cost):
    Deep, Search & Recovery, Night, Wreck: $77
    Nitrox: $113
     
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  3. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: acworth ga
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    I was going to call, but decided to post here so maybe they could provide the answer to me as well as for others who might have the same question. The specific webpage I'm referring to is for All Star Liveaboards here at Dive Instruction - Blackbeard's Cruises scuba diving liveaboard sailboats
     
  4. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Napa, California
    2,862
    3,096
    113
    Sorry, I can't tell from the webpage either.

    But whoa! $125 per specialty? And materials (~$80) and PIC card ($20-40) not included? That's steep.

    I'll assume you have AOW already. If not, that's the better deal.
     
  5. All Star Liveaboards

    All Star Liveaboards ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Bahamas, BVI, Indonesia, Philippines
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    Blackbeard's does offer open water check out dives, advanced certifications and specialty courses. We do not keep a stock of the materials onboard. but occasionally a passenger may leave their copy after completing a certification.

    We recommend purchasing your own copy from your local dive shop. This also allows you to read up on the material before joining us giving you more time to relax on your vacation. Once onboard you can complete the knowledge review, test and necessary dives and your certification will be complete.
     
  6. pconsidine

    pconsidine ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cornwall-on-Hudson. New York
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    That is pretty much going fee for specialties such as Wreck in which there are 3 required dives if you are AOW diver- or 4 if you are just OW diver. The Padi Materials & cert. cost is what brings cost up, you are getting private instruction for min. 3 dives, I do not think that is too expensive.
     
  7. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Napa, California
    2,862
    3,096
    113
    Fair enough for wreck. You make a good point.
    But Nitrox, where 0 dives are required, and the student has already studied the material?
    Or night? $62 per guided dive on top of liveaboard fees is more than I charge.
    But value is where you find it. No argument there.
    And PADI's costs are sometimes hard to swallow.
     
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  8. pconsidine

    pconsidine ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cornwall-on-Hudson. New York
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    I agree on Padi fees and if I am on a liveaboard I and there for one thing- diving-not to take specialties-go to your LDS if you want to do specialties. Also don't forget you are paying for specialties and you have to tip on top of that.
     
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  9. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Traveller
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    Not too expensive when you have already paid for your dives as part of your liveaboard package ?
    Looks like you are paying twice ...
     
  10. oly5050user

    oly5050user Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Westchester NY
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    For nitrox simply do online course if PADI and complete it locally before trip. Cost of $62 for guided dive , sounds fair, do not forget to tip. I would charge at least $100 probably more. You do know that the guide is accepting responsibility for your safety and should be a dive pro (divemaster or instructor) who has fees and insurance requirements to maintain along with being paid for their time and expertise. Why do you need a guide in the first place? Perhaps it is not a guide you need but an instructor to assist you to improve skills.PADI does not set fees that a facility or instructor charges. To say PADI cost hard to swallow is misleading.
     

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