A ScubaBoard Staff Message...
Make no mistake, however, the process advocated here is unsafe, and should under no circumstances be considered a shortcut to less expensive and uncertified diving.
I managed to get into scuba for only £900 UK. Bought all my own stuff (most of it brand new) including a little electric compressor to refill the tank. No further costs ever until I break something! If you want to know what any of the parts are or where I got them, let me know.