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mixahl
04-22-2008, 22:56
As I keep diving, I find myself loving diving more and more but I also found out that I need very deep pockets....Sometimes I forget how much Im spending on diving, from equipment to just dive trips....

So, how much have you spent so far on diving, from getting certified to purchasing your last toy?

I think this will be very interesting...

texdiveguy
04-22-2008, 22:57
Thousands and thousands of dollars! And worth every penny...more to come. $$

CompuDude
04-22-2008, 22:58
As I keep diving, I find myself loving diving more and more but I also found out that I need very deep pockets....Sometimes I forget how much Im spending on diving, from equipment to just dive trips....

So, how much have you spent so far on diving, from getting certified to purchasing your last toy?

I think this will be very interesting...

Ignorance is bliss.

Seriously.

Don't go there... you'll regret it. Just dive and have fun!

Trey9123
04-22-2008, 22:58
around $3000, but I have only been certified about a year and a half, and I am a full time student who only makes about $12,000 a year.

mixahl
04-22-2008, 23:05
I actually remember a while back reading on some guy who spent $24,000 on itunes music in a very short amount of time and found out that he didn't have enough money to buy a ring to propose to his girlfriend. Obviously, she dumped him. I wonder if that ever happened to someone who chose diving over a significant other!!

CompuDude
04-22-2008, 23:09
I spent around $12k if memory serves, in tax year 2006. I think I spent more in 2007, but I haven't done my taxes yet.

Ignorance is seriously bliss...

mixahl
04-22-2008, 23:20
compudude, do you dive for a living?

fire diver
04-22-2008, 23:26
I refuse to add up the monetary costs of scuba diving. I don't put hobbies on credit cards, and the pleasure I get is immeasurable.

CompuDude
04-22-2008, 23:28
compudude, do you dive for a living?

No, but that's a lovely dream...

I do work as a DiveMaster, however, and I make a small amount from my photography, so certain aspects of diving are a writeoff.

mixahl
04-22-2008, 23:32
compudude, do you dive for a living?

No, but that's a lovely dream...

I do work as a DiveMaster, however, and I make a small amount from my photography, so certain aspects of diving are a writeoff.

Its great when you combine two things that you love: diving and photography... it just adds another dimension...

reactive
04-22-2008, 23:40
As I keep diving, I find myself loving diving more and more but I also found out that I need very deep pockets....Sometimes I forget how much Im spending on diving, from equipment to just dive trips....

So, how much have you spent so far on diving, from getting certified to purchasing your last toy?

I think this will be very interesting...

Ignorance is bliss.

Seriously.

Don't go there... you'll regret it. Just dive and have fun!

This is the best quote of this thread. too much money for me to want to count up and I haven't even bought all my essential gear. This doesn't count what I'm trying to sell around my house to buy more. I've already sold my xbox 360 and everything I had with it to buy a dive computer and a nitrox class.

nashwl
04-23-2008, 00:45
A lot, but its only money. I always say, I work hard for my money, so Im buying what I want with it.

DiverBoy100
04-23-2008, 02:08
more than i like to think about...about to invest in underwater video which means more $$$$...but i have love every penny i spent and every story

Penguino
04-23-2008, 02:09
The guy with the signature that says "never add up your Scuba receipts" has a good point...

frogman159
04-23-2008, 07:55
I have all the recipts in a folder.....I look at it sitting on my desk sometimes, but then I think to myself "There's no point to opening that"

John Yaskowich
04-23-2008, 08:12
I have all the recipts in a folder.....I look at it sitting on my desk sometimes, but then I think to myself "There's no point to opening that"
Unless you need them for taxes or warranty proof of payment, store them in the shredder. As others have said "Ignorance is Bliss" (and that is why I am so happy all the time :smiley36: )

obrules15
04-23-2008, 08:45
This thread has given me serious mental anguish, 2 major dive trips a year, 10 years, continuing education, countless equipment upgrades. I think I am going to have a seizure!!!!!!

TX1Chica
04-23-2008, 08:48
Just booked another trip, this time to Bonaire....I'm not going to add it up right now. Don't really want to point that out to the non-diving husband:)

Defman
04-23-2008, 09:19
Probably can't count that high!!!

I semi-joke about diving when I talk to people who aren't divers... it's not that the diving equipment is that expensive, but where you do it is!

Randy956
04-23-2008, 09:22
Thousands. No kidding, thousands

mike_s
04-23-2008, 09:33
If you include travel, liveaboard, gear, air fills, etc.... we're talking thousands, just last year.

why would you want to add it all up? I mean our wives could find this thread! :rofl:

mixahl
04-23-2008, 09:52
It certainly is one of the most expensive things I had to do..besides school but it is definitely worth it....If Im spending $200,000 on school why cant I do the same with scuba, ya know!

harb99
04-23-2008, 10:01
If you include travel, liveaboard, gear, air fills, etc.... we're talking thousands, just last year.

why would you want to add it all up? I mean our wives could find this thread! :rofl:

Yeah, but if she goes with you and diving, then she is contributing to your/my demise :smiley20:

mselizann
04-23-2008, 10:17
the thought of it all makes me flinch- including my timeshare, airfare, equipment, diving charters, specialties- phew!

mwhities
04-23-2008, 10:30
Just in gear this month, 2239.00.... No telling how much for the last 2 years... :|

Training, trips, fills and other "have to gets" will REALLY jack up the amount.

Michael

EDIT: BTW, I am NOT bragging..... I hate that I have spent that much and more...

mixahl
04-23-2008, 10:43
Are there organizations that will give out loans for diving? Man, that would be one heck of a business idea....

harb99
04-23-2008, 10:52
Are there organizations that will give out loans for diving? Man, that would be one heck of a business idea....

Yeah - they are called credit cards and some of them allow no interest for periods of time on balance transfers

:smilie39:

chinacat46
04-23-2008, 10:53
I refuse to add it up cause I know it will be in 6 figures when I consider all the trips.

in_cavediver
04-23-2008, 11:48
Simply put. Diving is expensive. I used to track it but when it hit 5 digits on gear alone, I quit. Since then, I got married and the wife and I have aquired about 2 times more gear than when I stopped tracking it.

Training - well, that another expensive proposition (wife and I are cave/tec trained). Nuf said there.

Trips - These aren't too bad as we can go to the Great Lakes or drive to the Caves fairly cheaply.

Of course, its all relative. We are seriously considering CCR's now. For perspective on cost of that venture, its about what a basic secretary makes in a year starting out where I work ($20k give or take)

As I said, diving ain't cheap.

Sounder
04-23-2008, 13:14
Counting gear, trips, fills, continued training, etc. - we're talking $2k - $5k per year, sometimes more.

TRACI
04-23-2008, 13:29
I quit keeping count of what I have spent, I found out that if I don't keep track of the $$, I do not worry about all the other places that I could have spent the money. One of the guys in our group has found clever ways to write his expenses off on his taxes each year.

mm_dm
04-23-2008, 13:49
Simply put. Diving is expensive. I used to track it but when it hit 5 digits on gear alone, I quit.

Something about that 5 digit mark that makes you blink. You start to really think about what this hobby is costing...then...you get distracted and forget the whole thing. A short attention span is a useful tool at times.

TRACI
04-23-2008, 14:25
Luckily this is the only hobby I have, I could not afford another one.

jwdizney
04-23-2008, 14:51
Ignorance is bliss.

Seriously.

Don't go there... you'll regret it. Just dive and have fun!

Exactly what CompuDude said... DON'T GO THERE!!!!:smiley5:
wife, daughter and I all certified last year! could have fed a third world country with the scuba $$... BUT.. it was worth it!

dallasdivergirl
04-23-2008, 16:14
I unfortunately know how much I spend. I just look up my account at ST...

I don't want to think of what it will be when I start getting more gear.

mixahl
04-23-2008, 16:16
Does scubatoys offer a line of credit?

reactive
04-23-2008, 16:23
Does scubatoys offer a line of credit?

God, I hope not... That would be the end of me.. I've already had to hide the credit cards.

Babster
04-23-2008, 18:01
I'm already at the two grand mark, and that doesn't even count my initial gear (fins, mask w/prescription lens, booties, etc), course costs, and all the other costs last year... Still have to get new fins for the new drysuit and other goodies now as well.


I unfortunately know how much I spend. I just look up my account at ST...

How do you do that? I can't find any place to sign into my account. ??
(sorry about the semi-hijack - I can put this in a new topic if so desired)

DevilDiver
04-23-2008, 19:57
I have around 10k in the garage now...not counting what I have had in the past.

Camera gear we would be looking at 5k in the closet...and there is a new lens I NEED now....:smiley5:

Quote:
Originally Posted by dallasdivergirl http://forum.scubatoys.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://forum.scubatoys.com/comments-questions-dont-fit-above/12125-how-much-have-you-spent-scuba-4.html#post162227)
I unfortunately know how much I spend. I just look up my account at ST...

How do you do that? I can't find any place to sign into my account. ??
(sorry about the semi-hijack - I can put this in a new topic if so desired)

I would guess she works there...maybe on Saturdays.:smiley36:

mixahl
04-23-2008, 20:07
Devildiver, your pics are great...money well spent!

dallasdivergirl
04-23-2008, 20:11
I'm already at the two grand mark, and that doesn't even count my initial gear (fins, mask w/prescription lens, booties, etc), course costs, and all the other costs last year... Still have to get new fins for the new drysuit and other goodies now as well.


I unfortunately know how much I spend. I just look up my account at ST...

How do you do that? I can't find any place to sign into my account. ??
(sorry about the semi-hijack - I can put this in a new topic if so desired)
as devildiver pointed out I do work there every Saturday. I am easy to find being the only female.

I am glad to say my amount is no where near Devildiver *whew* but I have been diving less time. give me a few years & I will probably pass him.

buddhasummer
04-23-2008, 20:36
a s..t load of money but Ive enjoyed every minute of it...

Babster
04-23-2008, 20:42
as devildiver pointed out I do work there every Saturday.

Ahh.... that ~would~ make it easy to look up! Now I understand. Thanks! :)

aprilgoddess1987
04-23-2008, 22:46
I quit counting at 4000

mitsuguy
04-23-2008, 23:04
Lucky me, everything you all buy one of, I have to buy two... my wife is just as avid a diver as I am... and... we are planning on moving to Honduras to get out of the country / become instructors, so on and so forth...

but, just monday, I spent $750 on two GEO computers, downloader, miflex hoses for her, and a new mouthpiece for her... I would say we're prolly around $5000, and I have every receipt saved in a nice waterproof bag, but, I just keep adding to it, I dont ever take anything out to look at it...

Now, she's decided to join the split fin camp, and she needs new boots too... ugh... thats another $150ish... thank god for Scubatoys and discounts... (and even better, whenever I order from them, I usually have it faster than if I try to make it to the LDS to buy it)

aggie99
04-23-2008, 23:07
When I was at ST last I had them look at my account, it was over 5k in the last year, this isn't including the two scooters and dive trips! Scary!

aggie99
04-23-2008, 23:10
Has anyone that owns their own company ever written off their gear by taking a client on a dive trip? It seems like if you did this a few times you could make an argument that it is a business expense :)

DevilDiver
04-24-2008, 08:46
I'm already at the two grand mark, and that doesn't even count my initial gear (fins, mask w/prescription lens, booties, etc), course costs, and all the other costs last year... Still have to get new fins for the new drysuit and other goodies now as well.


I unfortunately know how much I spend. I just look up my account at ST...

How do you do that? I can't find any place to sign into my account. ??
(sorry about the semi-hijack - I can put this in a new topic if so desired)
as devildiver pointed out I do work there every Saturday. I am easy to find being the only female.

I am glad to say my amount is no where near Devildiver *whew* but I have been diving less time. give me a few years & I will probably pass him.

DDG-
Sorry.....I hope I did not blow your cover.:smiley5: I am not sure if spending money is something you want to pass someone in but good luck.:smiley36:

You have already passed me by just being your "fair" self, maybe you should let me wallow in my dept.:smiley2:

DUnder
04-24-2008, 08:46
Don't know
Don't want to know
Really, Really don't want my wife to know:smiley36:

Charles R
04-24-2008, 09:22
This was a cruel thing to do! I was ignorant and Bliss and now that I read this and it made me mentally start to think. Just in the past 12 months just my gear not my sons I am over 5K new dry-suit 2K, Dive light $1200.00, New BP/W $500.00, and on and on and on. Thanks a lot now I have to go make myself feel better I think I will place an order with Scuba Toys to sooth my nerves. Retail Therapy:smilie39:

mwhities
04-24-2008, 09:57
Well, I counted back three months worth of PayPal receipts...

4,638.45

Damn, where'd I get that money?

DevilDiver
04-24-2008, 10:16
I was so upset being made to think about this I just dropped another $200 with ST to make myself feel better.:smiley5:

Do they have support groups for this kind of addiction?

DiverMAN
04-24-2008, 10:19
I just started diving and I'm about $500 into it, but I still have to get my gear, I'm sure I'll be catching up over the summer...

Charles R
04-24-2008, 10:25
I was so upset being made to think about this I just dropped another $200 with ST to make myself feel better.:smiley5:

Do they have support groups for this kind of addiction?

Retail therapy make it all better and Larry and Joe are the best counselors out there give them a call and your credit card # and all your worries will just melt away!

MSilvia
04-24-2008, 10:35
Lets see...
Classes and certifications include OW, AOW, Rescue, Nitrox, Medic/First Aid, Dry Suit, DIR-F, Adv. Nitrox/Deco, and Rec. Trimix. That's about $3000.
My first gear probably ran about $1200. Then I replaced the BC for about $350, bought a computer for about $250, some used tanks for $150, and got a reg for my pony for $200. I bought a manifold and bands to double my AL80s, plus a new set of Apeks DS4/TX50 regs. Then a drysuit, pockets, P-valve, and Jetfins, 2 AL40 stage bottles with a new O2 compatable reg set, backup mask, BP/W (plus a STA for single tank diving), then double HP100s, then an AL BP for the heavier doubles, some reels, spools, SMBs, shears, and various accessories. Say... $6000 in gear costs, plus about $150/year in maintainence costs for the past 10 years. That's about $7500 in gear costs, give or take.

Add to that the cost of diving trips in Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Kenya, New Zealand, Flower Garden Bank, and the Florida Keys and maybe 60 charters in the local area at 60$-$110 a pop, plus gas fills, and we're probably looking at another $7500 not counting transportation.

Since there are also a lot of incidental expensses and bits of gear I've wasted money on, I'd say it would be safe to say I've spent maybe $20K on diving so far. Of course, I got a lot of steeply discounted gear, and I'm not counting a lot of stuff (like camera equipment, my wife's gear, etc...).

mwhities
04-24-2008, 10:52
I have GAS, I'll admit it. I may seriously....*GULP* have to hand my check to my wife. :|

ubyone
04-24-2008, 10:52
As I keep diving, I find myself loving diving more and more but I also found out that I need very deep pockets....Sometimes I forget how much Im spending on diving, from equipment to just dive trips....

So, how much have you spent so far on diving, from getting certified to purchasing your last toy?

I think this will be very interesting...

a lot of money, but the pleasure I feel when I dive has no price:smiley20:

mixahl
04-24-2008, 13:03
It seems the biggest fear on this thread....is not how much someone has spent but having your wife find out......I mean they get to splurge tooooo

mixahl
04-24-2008, 13:04
I was so upset being made to think about this I just dropped another $200 with ST to make myself feel better.:smiley5:

Do they have support groups for this kind of addiction?

At least something good is coming out of this thread!!

FOUNDATIONER
04-25-2008, 17:13
A quick guestimate..hmmm
training/gear.............................. 2000
local dive driving and air................2000
dive travel..................................40000
new cam,video housing,anothercam,replace some gear,
other ancilliary expenditures 3000

lets see, about 47,000 dollars.
Money well spent.:smiley20:

Goober
04-25-2008, 19:26
:smiley9:

Grin
04-26-2008, 08:09
Boat = $85,000
Fuel per year = I don't want to know! Maybe $5000?
Scuba gear = probably $5000
Beer= $10,000
Visuals = $0

Got to have your priorities straight! :icon_smile_big:

Bert
04-26-2008, 09:49
Just started diving <$2000, But I am planning on going to school to be a comercial diver $20,000 for that.

mixahl
04-26-2008, 10:28
Just started diving <$2000, But I am planning on going to school to be a comercial diver $20,000 for that.

What kind of commercial diving do you want to do??

mixahl
04-26-2008, 10:28
Boat = $85,000
Fuel per year = I don't want to know! Maybe $5000?
Scuba gear = probably $5000
Beer= $10,000
Visuals = $0

Got to have your priorities straight! :icon_smile_big:

I dont think beer should be even added as an expense...Isnt it a necessity?

ratown
04-26-2008, 11:28
I have spent like $800 and I haven't even bought all of my dive gear yet.

imasinker
04-26-2008, 17:01
Well not to sure i should post it here, my wife reads these posts too.....LOL..J/K
Well so far 6000.00 and I am only a newbie!

Joke... What do you call a scubadiver without a girlfriend?



Homeless

ratown
04-26-2008, 17:02
I refuse to add up the monetary costs of scuba diving. I don't put hobbies on credit cards, and the pleasure I get is immeasurable.

When I got certified I considered it an investment, not an expense.

RoyN
04-26-2008, 22:35
too much...:(

hoobascooba
04-26-2008, 23:15
gee whiz!!

Dive Resort in Dominican Republic + 2x PADI Certs (first wife got cert'd): ~$3,000
Gear: ~$1,400
Travel: ~$2,000 - $3,000 (including fuel)

nice. and my non-diving current wife knows how much I spend. but it's MY money.

cutter77
04-27-2008, 00:44
Not having to admit your main hobby is something like quilting or model airplanes....

priceless.

cutter77
04-27-2008, 00:44
Not that there's anything wrong with those as secondary hobbies (they leave more money for diving.)

mobeeno
04-27-2008, 09:11
I just have a simple set up

BouzoukiJoe A.K.A. wrecker130 AKA Chuck Norris AKA joeforbroke (banned)
04-27-2008, 21:38
I spend $10,437 in 2007 which includes gear, training, hotels, charters, tips, etc. Will probably sepnd on the order of 5,000 this year since I pretty much have all the gear I want now. That HID light looks tempting though :-)

skippy11
04-28-2008, 00:11
A bunch!!! we will leave it at that.....

MagnaBoxer
04-28-2008, 07:35
Last November I was in ST and I asked Todd how much I had spent since I became a customer there in February. Total was 8K and some change. Since then I'm sure at least another 2K has gone into J & L's pockets. No idea how much it would total with other suppliers, training and travel added in just the last year alone.

All money well spent and the best thing is that the wife enjoys it just as much as I do so no complaining. ST this is a wake up call. I'm not ordering anything else until you fix the "Wish List" or at least until I want something. :smiley2:

Charlotte Smith
04-28-2008, 08:27
Life is not measured by the breaths we take but rather the things that take our breath away and DIVING "takes my breath away", so I wonder if it really is important how much you spend as long as you don't put yourself in a bind buying gear and taking trips to do the things you love.......but that's just me.

Doug B
05-06-2008, 19:37
Not having to admit your main hobby is something like quilting or model airplanes....

priceless.


Hey! I scuba AND do radio controlled airplanes!

Damselfish
05-06-2008, 21:00
well, for 2 of us, just dropped around 2K on new regs and other new toys that we've been thinking about for awhile. And have about 16k in trips planned in the next few months.

higher than usual, but I definitely shouldn't have gone there...

spatman
05-06-2008, 21:20
i spent a lot less than my gear is worth because i found some really great deals... but i've spent over $3k on a cold water setup (w/drysuit), not including air, gas, and education.

there's always more stuff to buy, places to go, and classes to take. so that amount will continue to climb...

Splitlip
05-06-2008, 21:28
I have around 10k in the garage now...not counting what I have had in the past.


That's about right.

Fireplug
05-06-2008, 21:47
My wife and I ride the Harley. I also enjoy my RV toybox to haul 2 bikes to sprint car and late model races. Finally got to take up diving last year after retiring in 2006. I have all of my gear and am getting 2nd's on some pieces now. No wonder I just started a part time job 3 days a week, (which I totally enjoy).

Point is, when you're old and sitting in a rocking chair, what are you going to remember? All the hours you worked or the 1st time you saw the Spiegel Grove? 1st time a reef shark eyeballed ya? Time you got to pet a nurse shark and kiss it on the belly? All the great people you met diving? Time you blew your nav all to hell and had a 1/2 mile surface swim...okay, maybe not that.

I'll take the things I have seen, memories I've shared and the shear beauty of diving over a pile of money everytime. :smiley_scuba:

Thank your maker that you are able to do something that many can't. We don't live forever, enjoy it while you can.

Sorry, I got windy. Think I need a nap! :Thud:

skippy11
05-06-2008, 21:52
You know, I started feeling so guilty about the amount of money I've spent on scuba that I went and drop $600 more last night. Gotta love that tax money.

frogman159
05-07-2008, 19:47
I just spent $50 more..cause this is my 25th post:):)

DOWNDEEP73
05-07-2008, 20:14
@ 2K on Gear
@ 2k on trips

crpntr133
05-07-2008, 20:59
This is just too much fun. I never really sat down and figured this but estimated last year. I was working with a guy that was interested in diving. He asked me what I had in gear. I figured someplace around 7k at that time. Now that I bought my own compressor, I don't even want to know. Add classes and trips, probably around 15k easy.

Bert
05-08-2008, 14:28
[/quote]

What kind of commercial diving do you want to do??[/quote]

The school would teach underwater construction, repair, etc..after that its what the job market is when I am done

wolfen42
05-08-2008, 14:58
Hmm... you know... Everytime I see this thread the amount seems to have increased significantly... :)

huvrr
05-17-2008, 19:12
2.5 to 3 grand so far

oddbod
05-17-2008, 19:35
My wife says TOOO much, the real problem is she doesn't dive so when I dive she shops:smiley19:. I can never catch up to her although a CCR, and scooter may get close:smilie39:

comet24
05-17-2008, 20:32
Some things just shouldn't be added up.

medic001918
05-18-2008, 05:54
I think we have over $10,000 worth of dive gear between my wife and I. We slowly keep adding to it.

Shane

Eurodiver
05-18-2008, 07:01
Luckily this is the only hobby I have, I could not afford another one.

My husband and I still haven't taken the plunge and bought gear yet. But I have had stuff in my cart like 10 times and it is around $4,500-ish. OWC for us both here in Germany including the gas for the 8 days of 2 hours one way driving. $800.
We are waiting on Uncle Sam to decide when we are moving next. So holding off on ordering. Not saying Joe and Larry won't get it out quick I just don't trust the US Military post office to get the little yellow slip in my mail box before I move from here. They put mail out in between deciding what bar to hit on Friday and Sat. And come Monday it was OMG we went to blah blah blah.

We are snowboarders too so add in around $3,000 worth of gear for that. That doesn't include apartment rental and lift passes. I want new boots board and bindings this year.

I will keep you informed on the initial purchase but after that I am sure I won't keep track. I agree why keep track of something that makes you happy.

Scotttyd
05-19-2008, 15:54
wow, I do not want to even add it up, but a rough estiamate. 2 sets of gear (wife and I) 2 tanks, OW, AOW, Nitrox lessons = $4000

cogrwy
05-20-2008, 17:45
This is one reason I don't push my wife to learn to dive. Then she'll find out how much all this stuff costs.

CompuDude
05-21-2008, 14:33
This is one reason I don't push my wife to learn to dive. Then she'll find out how much all this stuff costs.

I'm not hurrying my wife for the same reason! LOL

jtkkym
05-25-2008, 10:06
I know have spent thousands and I don't want to add up how much I spent so far...

DOWNDEEP73
05-25-2008, 15:02
I ran out and bought all my gear before I married my wife. She still does not know what all I have and how much it is worth!

RnSdiver
05-25-2008, 22:35
A touch over $2000 for the Wife and I so far. still need regs knifes and small stuff. ST saved me a bunch of money so far.

Aquatrax
05-26-2008, 07:03
I foolishly asked Larry a few months back for a button on the website to see order history. He said it would cause too many heart attacks.

I have no idea how much I have spent on Scuba but I know it is less than I have spent on personal watercraft. I've been doing that since 1978.

Now to get the 80' deep pool in the back yard!

sid101
05-26-2008, 14:02
well i am just getting certified and up untill now my scuba gear was a book (i learned to dive using that book) and my old brothers diving equipment (extremely old my tank goes by harness and the buoyancy in the front and used a co2 cartridge wich i unplugged for safety reasonns altho i have always wanted to use it at least once just to see how it works) but i have some diving experience my estimate is that my first spent will be 3k$ for everything after i get certified

russp
05-30-2008, 10:16
I decided it was best not to add it up once I passed $2500. I'll just keep on buying what I want to enjoy the dive.

rawalker
05-30-2008, 13:14
Probably way more than I want to count. So I don't!
But here I go again spending more this time for my wifes gear.

DiveSooner
05-30-2008, 13:37
More than Visa would allow... :-/

rawalker
05-30-2008, 13:41
Visa likes me more than I am willing to like them.

mitsuguy
05-30-2008, 20:25
Lets see, just yesterday, I spent $495 at one shop for a reel, pony bottle, pony regulator, dive rite sling kit, pony spg, nitrox fill, and two rental tanks for sunday... then at another shop, I spent $950 for my wifes and I's EFR and Rescue courses, materials, and a new mask for her...

Puffer Fish
05-30-2008, 21:09
Hummm...not sure...6 tanks... maybe $2,000... 4 regs.... another couple thousand. 11 wetsuits... oh, another couple thousand...other stuff... maybe $5,000....Computers - $3,000. Cameras and spear guns... around $2,000.. BP/W and BC's... another couple thousand. Having a great time... priceless.

RoyN
05-30-2008, 23:35
Too much already. :D

chris408
06-12-2008, 10:24
A lot more than my wife believes I've spent or knows about.

mudshark
06-17-2008, 03:45
More than I'm telling my husband but I don't care for diamonds and therapy would be a lot more expensive.

When we're old and eating cat food because it's all we can afford we'll talk about the sharks we saw, the countries we visited, the people we met, the wrecks, and all the stuff most people only see on tv. We won't be talking about the jewelry, the cars or furniture we bought.

LRDWILDER
06-17-2008, 06:36
Just booked another trip, this time to Bonaire....I'm not going to add it up right now. Don't really want to point that out to the non-diving husband:)


WOW a non-diving husband......I wish I had a non-diving wife...that would mean more trips with just the guys....more $$ for MY equipment and not having to think about cutting that reg hose every time I'm underwater!!!!

j/k:smilie39:

I think I've spent about 8k not including trips

dive10killer
06-17-2008, 06:50
Somewhere in the ballpark of $5000.

scootermcfly
06-17-2008, 11:11
As I figure it I am well over $3,000...probably pretty close to $3,500. I still need a few things and I would never trade the money for something else.

sroe72
07-02-2008, 23:40
Dont want to think about it. Just bought 2 new setups for the wife and I along with a trip to Bonaire in 2 weeks.

Grizbear98
07-03-2008, 07:19
on gear, probably around 200-250, it will be over 300 by this weekend including rentals. If I'm including the field biology class to Belize that was mainly diving, 3,300 then. Meh too much money.

character157
07-03-2008, 07:52
I would say lots but not enough...realistically I am still collecting my own gear so no matter what number I estimate I know its going to probably quadruple in the next few years.

SkuaSeptember
07-03-2008, 08:36
I got a really good deal on a 2 year old Caravan and as I was packing it with gear for my daughter and myself I realized that the gear was worth more than the van. I decided at that point not to put any decals on the vehicle advertising "Expensive Stuff Inside"

Hobby expenses are all relative though. My older brother competes in stock car racing - Car, trailer, tools, entry fees, fuel and a new set of tires every weekend. Wow!

Question for all those who added travel expenses into the equation. Is this really fair to add in? Wouldn't you still love to travel even if you didn't dive? And more importantly, wouldn't your non-diving SO still want to have nice vacations? This expenditure should not come out of the diving bucket!

Martin2
07-03-2008, 11:51
This expenditure should not come out of the diving bucket!

Agreed. But then I'm not even going to consider the cost at this point. We've only been diving for a couple of years, but I know we've spent a small fortune. Worth every penny though.

TRACI
07-03-2008, 12:16
Somewhere around $5000, probably more, that is just the receipts I can find.

Really need to be able to write off on my taxes :)

TRACI
07-03-2008, 12:17
............and another $1500.00 for training for two

wood1612
08-08-2008, 14:19
Zero, my parents paid for my gear and training as a birthday present. But cost to them, somewhere around $4000
$2500 for equipment
$1400 for training

crgjpg
08-08-2008, 14:40
So far, Scuba Toys has gotten about 3000 from me. I guess it is not to bad since is was for two sets of gear. I still need to get tanks.

Lone Frogman
08-08-2008, 14:42
Who's counting? I still got checks left.

crgjpg
08-08-2008, 14:42
Do you need an adopted brother?:smilie39: That is a great birthday present.

Jenn
08-08-2008, 16:35
Well I am newly certified but I have spent alot more then I care to add up. LOL don't tell my girlfriend.

sravin1
08-08-2008, 16:53
my bill so far has been 800.

snoballz
08-08-2008, 17:31
I was certified a few months ago and will be taking AOW at the end of the month. So for training and checkout dives, and rentals, probably around $1,000.

I also bought all my gear after certification including AI computer. On the conservative side, I think I dropped $4,000 for gear and sundry items.

Then there are my diver watches.... but that's another passion as well.

:smiley16:

Gombessa
08-08-2008, 17:47
Between 3-5K easily for everything, not including gas/travel. $2k for the drysuit alone. $450 training, another $1k for gear. The good thing is now my cost center is almost all fills and travel expenses.

JCAT
08-08-2008, 18:13
I don't even want to think about it.......

brandon
08-08-2008, 22:19
Somewhere around $10k... cold water diving and vacations from Alaska are expensive!

-B

FishFood
08-08-2008, 22:21
Between 3-5K easily for everything, not including gas/travel. $2k for the drysuit alone. $450 training, another $1k for gear. The good thing is now my cost center is almost all fills and travel expenses.

Yeah, that's what we all say... :smilie39:

That only works in theory.

Monkeylemon
08-09-2008, 11:35
Before I'm done I bet I'll have spent enough to buy a baby on the black market!

Hex92
08-09-2008, 12:10
Since getting re-certified in 2001 I have spent:
$17,013 in equipment. This includes maintenance costs for regs (now own 9) and tanks (11)
$8,245 in dives
$1,570 in training
$664 unassigned scuba costs (includes mix of training, dives, equipment that for some reason I didn't further define)
FOR a grand total of $27,492. Anything I paid cash for (crew tips, small purchases, etc) is not included in this total.


I have 8 or 9 certifications (up through Trimix)


This doesn't include dive vacations (air, hotel, etc). If diving was a separate cost it was included, but live aboards were not.

shovelhead91701
08-09-2008, 14:10
Before I'm done I bet I'll have spent enough to buy a baby on the black market!


We sold one to fund our new habit.......:smilie39:


around $5000.00 give or take and only been certified 3 weeks....

frozenwarp
08-11-2008, 02:32
its taken me a while to think on it but in a round about figure

Gear: $6500 (in 18 months)
Training: $2500

WORTH IT

i can forsee atleast another 3K in gear in the next 6months and atleast another K in training

russp
08-11-2008, 12:39
There are three things I try not to think about too often:

1) How and when will I die?
2) How much have I spent at Scuba Toys?
3) How much have I spent at Victory Motorcycles?

BoomerNJ
08-11-2008, 13:17
Well, I hate to add it up but...

2 sets of regs. & octos $1000

Dry suit $1500

Tanks $500

Courses $700

Forget it, I don't want to keep adding...

chinacat46
08-11-2008, 14:54
The gear and classes are cheap. But

Few trips to Australia & NZ $$$
Fiji $$$
PNG $$$
Multiple trips to Indonesia $$$
Galapagos $$$
Palau, Yap, Truk, Phonpei, Kosrae $$$$
Cabo $$
Kona $$
FL Keys $
Caymans, Belize, Bonaire, Bahamas, Cozumel, Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Roatan, St Kitts, St. Maarten, Saba,... $$$

Yeah gear and classes are cheap.
Philippines in September $$

lucidblue
08-11-2008, 15:45
I've been diving since late May '07. I'd estimate that I spent about $3885 on gear/classes/local diving and $5725 on trips (Cozumel, Roatan and back to Cozumel in October).

Okay, that was painful and now I know why people create budgets...

Flatliner
08-11-2008, 18:56
I have all the recipts in a folder.....I look at it sitting on my desk sometimes, but then I think to myself "There's no point to opening that"

Dude, you live dangerously. I would be afraid someone else would open it.:smilie39:

Monkeylemon
08-11-2008, 19:49
Before I'm done I bet I'll have spent enough to buy a baby on the black market!


We sold one to fund our new habit.......:smilie39:


around $5000.00 give or take and only been certified 3 weeks....

Well, if you have another one, you can post it on the Stuff For Sale thread. PM me.

caroln
08-11-2008, 20:04
I have all the recipts in a folder.....I look at it sitting on my desk sometimes, but then I think to myself "There's no point to opening that"

Dude, you live dangerously. I would be afraid someone else would open it.:smilie39:

I have all my receipts in a folder hidden in the back of a drawer at work just to make sure no one else opens it :smiley36:

MicahEW
08-11-2008, 20:17
$630 x2 Atomic M1
250 Atomic M1 octo
15 Scubapro R190 octo
550 Zeagle BP W and harness
89 boots
150x2 xpert zoom fins
100 wetsuits
99 hood and gloves
129x2 scubapro frameless masks
399 oceanic geo
189 oceanic console
400 Atomic Ti2 reg
76x2 Wenoka knife
200 misc expenses

not including training....



total =$4261 more like $4500

j1b
08-18-2008, 11:54
My perspective on this is a little different.

First, you have to compare your expense here to whatever else you'd be doing. It's unfair to just add up what you've spent on scuba without assuming you'd be spending that money on something else. Saving the money being the one exception.

I've got a lot of hobbies. All of them are expensive. I certificated to fly with my Private Pilot's License. Scuba looks cheap compared to that. I've shot handguns competitively before - each blaster was around $2500. Then you had to feed it! If you got into roadbiking you'd spend $2000 on a bike (plus accessories) and if you loved your Harley you'd be in for $20K easy. So this is all about perspective. I haven't bought my gear yet but I'm guess I'll go in initially for about $2K or so. If I didn't do this I'd probably buy a new set of golf clubs - and that'd be about $1,200.

Secondarily you can spend what you want on the gear right? Granted it is your life system so you want it to be sound. Reality is you can get into something pretty ok for a reasonable price. If you invest intelligently and maintain well then your initial investment in gear may make all other investments strictly optional. If you don't have to keep up with the Joneses then you may be free and clear outside of basic maintenance!

The travel piece for me is almost a non-factor. I've gone to the caribean every year for the past 8 years. Sometimes twice. Point is, my family and I vacation. Diving doesn't change that. It adds a little expense once there, but the bullk of the spend was baked in long ago.

Most of us, if we can afford it, are going to take a vacation right? If we can't afford it then really we probably won't go dive anyhow. If we can, then we were going to anyhow. Diving just makes the experience better!

Don't add it up. I don't plan to. Once the first sting is gone from my initial investment then I'm just going to let the incremental things fall in place and figure each is an expense necessary to actually living a life.

Those are my $.02.

J

andyrent
08-18-2008, 12:21
$2,000 in equipment alone. This does not include training or any dive trips. I've bought some used equipment and shopped a lot online.

My wife and I started diving a year ago and we have a 16 month old. What were we thinking? Diving next week in Florida. We are hoping to pick-up a specialty certification while we are there. We also are budgeting for the AOW later this year.

mrbheagney
09-04-2008, 21:06
I shudder to think. I could probably have a house by now.

mrbheagney
09-04-2008, 21:08
I shudder to think

Webfeet
09-04-2008, 22:51
a lot less than Spitzer spent on hookers

bubble-head
09-05-2008, 12:17
This is one of those questions I try not to think about. I've been diving since 85, so I've spent a lot on diving and plan to spend even more....

Heavy D
09-10-2008, 21:38
I have no idea and don't want to guess even. I used to keep all my receipts for everything but recently quit doing that for two reasons. One, I might make myself sick if I realized how much I have spent, and two, I might end up divorced if my wife found out how much I spent.

With all that said, it is definitely in the thousands when you consider dry suit, 3 wet suits, computer, tanks, 2 BP/Ws, and 2 complete set ups besides that right down to fins, masks, regs, BCs and everything else that goes with it.

Melkus
09-11-2008, 18:21
Can't count that high. But really never added it up. Have around 3K's in gear add training since I started, lets see Open Water, Adv Open Water, Recuse Diver then eight specialty so how much is that.

freeski4ever
09-11-2008, 20:29
$2500 on rec gear, $3000 on tec setup.... and counting. I try not to think about it.

MDDIVER
09-11-2008, 20:55
Thousands and thousands of dollars! And worth every penny...more to come. $$

Right on the money!

Warren
09-12-2008, 11:25
I make it point to not keep track... On any of my hobbies... :smiley20:

dmainou
09-12-2008, 15:58
too much but still short....

want a dry suit , cannister light, a better set of regs....change my split fins for some jet's....

too much money ...

dmainou
09-12-2008, 16:02
[quote=Heavy D;226816] I might end up divorced if my wife found out how much I spent.
quote]


I feel your pain brother...:smiley19:

My wife is practical in that sense... I bring a new toy she brings some new shoes.... I just wished that her bloody 'manolos' lasted 1/3 of the expected lifetime of my back plate...:smilie39:

scubakid87
09-12-2008, 16:28
I've probably spend around 1000$ on gear and training. Much of my gear was inherited from my relatives...but I'm getting new gear soon, so my costs will be a bit higher...But hey, I figure if I spend 400 on a BC that will last me 10 years...why not right?

skiallday
09-12-2008, 18:06
Dont ever add it up. It will just make you cry.

Black-Gorrilla
09-12-2008, 18:36
the new scubatoys lets you login and see your orders...
(ouch)
and for some reason 2 or 3 of my bigger orders dont show up... so i feel better and want to spend more.

GIFFMANN
09-13-2008, 13:55
I subscribe to the "don't ask, don't tell" philosophy when it comes to how much I spend on hobbies!

bdinnocenzo
09-13-2008, 14:37
If you include dive trips, I'm well into 6 figures...probably $200K plus!

pyre24
09-14-2008, 02:37
Too much, but not near as enough as some others. Im jealous now.:smiley19:

17-40
09-27-2008, 23:49
I thought this would be a cheap hobby fire department bought some equipment for me to use but I made up for that by buying way to many extra little things just don't tell the wife. Don't want her to start diving then we would have to pay for a baby sitter while I dive.

davidlkc
10-01-2008, 16:56
Excluding dive trips, I'm well above $2k and counting....bcd, reg set, flash light, uw camera.

They told me diving is a one time fee :smiley5:

EAN3236
10-01-2008, 17:50
About $2,500 mainly paid for it all at 15 yes I am proud to be 15 and have a job to pay for my own gear usually it takes a while since I am very pickey about my gear which usually turns up to be expensive

Dive Rong
10-01-2008, 22:21
I'm looking for a Govt. bail-out!

Grizbear98
10-01-2008, 22:43
Yeah I'm going to be broke from school and scuba, which often end up tying themselves together. Well, yeah, I'm officially broke.

Travelnsj
10-05-2008, 22:54
In the last eight years I've spent a lot less than I've lost on Cisco, Compaq computer, JDSU, WAMU etc etc....I've found diving is a better investment and cheaper...LOL

nikefreekz
10-05-2008, 23:31
way too much and that's not including trips, i seriously wouldn't want to start counting... I'm into photography but have decided against going into underwater cause of the high cost of camera case and all... it's all pretty daunting

Bassoonin
10-06-2008, 01:41
We just started diving in June and we're already at about $5K. There are three of us and we still need a lot of gear. Scary! I'm feeling depressed. I'll just do some shopping therapy at ScubaToys and then I'll feel better.

coral cowgirl
10-06-2008, 18:01
Well, have cut back on plans for a big trip this winter. Going to wait til spring and see how all this financial mess ends up.

monant
10-07-2008, 06:59
I've spent enough to know that I don't want my wife to add up the bills.

nikefreekz
10-09-2008, 09:52
hahaha, that would be the last thing you want to happen :-)

lvshell
10-09-2008, 19:53
don't even wanna know. What I do know is that it doesnt matter what I have spent already, because this is such an awesome sport, I will continue to spend more in the future... always trying to better my skills, equipment & experiences.
so in the end.... uh.. I dont wanna know. lol

SynCitizen
10-09-2008, 20:00
Shell, Just remember that you said that when the bills come in for the new gear.....

I did mention the new BCD, reg and computer I just ordered right???

lvshell
10-09-2008, 20:04
Shell, Just remember that you said that when the bills come in for the new gear.....

I did mention the new BCD, reg and computer I just ordered right???

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/lvshell/smilies/doh.gif

beperkins
10-15-2008, 11:50
Don't ever add up the purchases (even in your head) water under the bridge right?

CFDAlden
10-15-2008, 23:46
I look at it this way:

I've spent FAR to much, and not NEARLY enough. :P

beperkins
10-17-2008, 13:24
I hear you on the not nearly enough, I've spent a crapload but when I look at how for I have to go it is shocking. Thank God for Scubatoys!!!

ScubaDude
10-23-2008, 19:34
About 3 years ago I was up to about 18K, I'm guessing I've busted the 25K mark by now.

sea princess
10-31-2008, 23:03
this is a scary thread! I have spent 3,000 to get started with my own gear and classess. I think i am going to have to pull extra shifts to support my new found hobby but it is worth every penny to me!

James1010
11-01-2008, 12:33
Oh boy you had to ask that question eh lol.

James1010
11-01-2008, 12:34
I have spent close to $1000 but there is more to come since I live in Cancun.

BarbadosSlim93
11-10-2008, 21:09
All in all right now I have about $1,000 in, but I am going to have much more, as I am going to lobby my daughter, and twins (who are on the way) to start diving. Its an expense I am willing to incur!

Travelnsj
11-10-2008, 21:24
Just had to do an inventory of all my gear that is sitting somewhere in Indonesia....totaled about 3k....I lost everything except my Suunto D9.

Jinjer
11-10-2008, 22:28
Well lets put it this way... Joe (ScubaToys) once told us to let him know the next hobby we took up so he could start a business supplying for it... ;) and even with what we have spent there, that is only a small part of our total output over the years when you look at scuba gear, underwater camera housings, etc.

Shenanigan
11-11-2008, 19:40
Man, Travelnsj, I am now worrying about my leg on Lion in Jan! Especially since it is mid-trip. Keeping my fingers crossed.

As for my expenditures, I try not to think about it after having to file a claim for stolen gear back around 2001-ish and came in at $2k but didn't include my wetsuit, BC and I only had a crappy computer at the time.

Travelnsj
11-11-2008, 19:49
Man, Travelnsj, I am now worrying about my leg on Lion in Jan! Especially since it is mid-trip. Keeping my fingers crossed.

As for my expenditures, I try not to think about it after having to file a claim for stolen gear back around 2001-ish and came in at $2k but didn't include my wetsuit, BC and I only had a crappy computer at the time.

If you are flying one of the 737's you should not have a problem but if you are coming out of Sorong on one of Dash 80's and the flight is full....toss a coin if you bag will make it.

The good news is my bag showed up today:smiley20:....one of the locks broken and missing a few things but got the majority back.

Shenanigan
11-11-2008, 20:47
Man, Travelnsj, I am now worrying about my leg on Lion in Jan! Especially since it is mid-trip. Keeping my fingers crossed.

As for my expenditures, I try not to think about it after having to file a claim for stolen gear back around 2001-ish and came in at $2k but didn't include my wetsuit, BC and I only had a crappy computer at the time.

If you are flying one of the 737's you should not have a problem but if you are coming out of Sorong on one of Dash 80's and the flight is full....toss a coin if you bag will make it.

The good news is my bag showed up today:smiley20:....one of the locks broken and missing a few things but got the majority back.

Dang! I'm flying Sorong to Manado. I don't have the plane info so I'll try to check that out. I'm definately bringing a coin to toss! I'll bring as much carry on as possible. Do dive bags fit in the overhead compartments??? :smiley5:

I am glad to hear that you FINALLY got your gear back! :smiley20:

Travelnsj
11-11-2008, 21:14
Overhead bins on that plane....LOL...LOL...That's why I had to put my reg into my main bag...it is a small plane...and be prepared for overweight fees and a chance your bag will not be on the plane!

Chances are if you are headed for a LOB and they meet you in Manado they will make sure your bag is on the plane.

Shenanigan
11-11-2008, 22:12
Well, the second leg is the land leg. I'll be sure to keep the esenntials with me ... eompter, swimsuit, etc. I'll also review their policy and your accounts of their overwieght charges!!

Thanks a bunch!

Merrimorte
11-12-2008, 16:59
I am guessing about $4500 so far... and I was just certified this past summer! (gulp) But I think it is well worth it.. In the next few years, I expect that amount to increase tremendously, as I have 2 boys who want to get into the sport as soon as they are old enough.

Merrimorte
11-12-2008, 17:01
Are there organizations that will give out loans for diving? Man, that would be one heck of a business idea....


LOL financial aid for specialties and "supplies".

gNats
11-12-2008, 17:52
I've spent so much on scuba I am "fibbing" the numbers when my family asks any questions.


"Diving, again, this weekend, Yes, I am. What? What am I using? ah, yah, well, all the quarries have stuff that you CAN rent."

"Well, I've picked up a few of the essentials, just to get me through and I make do without the rest"

"If you look around and buy used, you can get really good deals" (Ps I didn't buy used).

I now avoid all topics that lead to questions that inquire on price and affordability and they are no longer allowed in my basement (where all my gear is hanging nicely).

Christmas is coming up. I was asked for my list. First thing on my list: Air fill card from the LDS. DUAH! I had to admit to buying a tank! :smiley5:

fire diver
11-12-2008, 18:47
You have to learn to give prices in SCUBA dollars, and everything was "bought used". 1 Scuba dollar is equal to about $10 standard dollars, but of course the exchange rate can vary :)

James1010
11-12-2008, 19:11
I personally have spent close to a thousand dollars so far. I plan on spending another thousand when I start getting into tech diving and so fourth. I have some great gear that I find on websites and people. You just have to be patient to wait for the deal to come along. I got some new Apollo Bio fins for $70 dollars. But there are times when I can't wait and I go out and buy something small for scuba so I can wait on the big stuff.

CompuDude
11-12-2008, 19:44
You have to learn to give prices in SCUBA dollars, and everything was "bought used". 1 Scuba dollar is equal to about $10 standard dollars, but of course the exchange rate can vary :)

:smilie39: so very true!

Wetnurse28
11-13-2008, 05:30
Spent 7300.00 this year on diving

KEEP IN MIND THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR DIVING.

gNats
11-13-2008, 06:52
Spent 7300.00 this year on diving

KEEP IN MIND THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR DIVING.

Okay - you win.

Does that include travel/trips or just equipment?

Gasparotto
11-13-2008, 09:22
i've spent 1000 so far, i'm just a new diver !!!!
i'm still buying all the goddies!!!, i like to buy slowly but buy the best equipments and trips. :smiley20:

DON
11-13-2008, 10:04
I purposely never kept track of what I spent on equipment or diving, enjoy the sport and keep diving

Wetnurse28
11-13-2008, 15:29
That 7300 inculdes classes, dive boat charters, gear, air fills, and all equipment

gNats
11-13-2008, 16:53
That 7300 inculdes classes, dive boat charters, gear, air fills, and all equipment

Okay, that's not too scary. I'm probably in around $3500 with just equipment.

Add the obsolescence items (air fills, quarry fees, dive charters) and it can add up quickly.

Not to mention the MPG to drive 1.5 - 2 hrs to a dive site!

well, it keeps me outta the bars I guess! :smilie39:

sea princess
11-13-2008, 18:41
You have to learn to give prices in SCUBA dollars, and everything was "bought used". 1 Scuba dollar is equal to about $10 standard dollars, but of course the exchange rate can vary :)

Now that is a fantastic way to explain my costs to others who don't understand and feel the need to judge me on what i spend my money on!

kjvander
11-25-2008, 13:14
to this point I really don't know/care what I have spent....being underwater is such a great thing that it is immeserable in dollars. The cost of something is irrelivant as long as you are having fun....when you start regretting the money spent...that might be a bad sign.

tremtech
11-25-2008, 13:38
over the years, dive gear about $7000.00 his and hers with a reg w/comp or new wing a couple of times . that was easy to con-vince her of , it was the $65,000 in 2006 for our 23' boat that still has me in the dog house. But honestly now she loves the boat and after I get my DM cert she'll probably let me get a bigger boat.

mwhities
11-25-2008, 14:09
Not sure anymore.. I just know I'm still spending it... :|

Michael

teerlkay
11-25-2008, 15:44
every last cent!

vanessar
12-03-2008, 22:52
I am not sure -- but all well spent.

vanessar

divergirl
12-04-2008, 12:48
soo much.

I work in a dive shop.. basically all my expendable money goes towards diving.

shawnwill36
12-05-2008, 09:14
i would say 2000.00 all spent at scuba toys

maverick
12-05-2008, 10:19
When it comes 2 diving and $'s U can't put a price on something like diving. Just the fact that U enter in another world that is with out words incredable. So the $ factor doesn't have 2 add up 4 a life time of this type of adventure. Just enjoy.

scubajane
12-05-2008, 21:20
OK, OK, calm down..... scuba is a necessity right??? you and I need it for our mental health, sense of well-being and physical health, true?? so do I really care how much it costs??? If I added up how much I spent on food I would be shocked. if I added up how much I spent on toilet paper i would be shocked also... scuba IS necessary!!!!! it's right up there with food water and shelter.

Cdascubaman
02-01-2009, 00:42
As I keep diving, I find myself loving diving more and more but I also found out that I need very deep pockets....Sometimes I forget how much Im spending on diving, from equipment to just dive trips....

So, how much have you spent so far on diving, from getting certified to purchasing your last toy?

I think this will be very interesting...

Ignorance is bliss.

Seriously.

Don't go there... you'll regret it. Just dive and have fun!

I agree don't add it up I am a PADI MSDT and have over 8k in gear close to 8k to 10k in classes and god knows how much on trips. But for me diving is lifestyle and worth every cent

chicken
02-01-2009, 07:12
I've spent less on scuba than my ex-wife! Both have been great investments in my mental health!

Vercingetorix
02-01-2009, 07:46
I've spent less on scuba than my ex-wife! Both have been great investments in my mental health!:smiley20::smiley20::smiley20:

OK, my man...we gotta go diving. Drive west to Carrollton. Stop at ST and buy some new, shiny stuff. Then, you and I and a few other locals will go dive at Clear Springs (Terrell, Tx, 1 hour drive). I'll bring the beer for the post-dive briefing.

Straegen
02-01-2009, 08:53
About 1/100th of what I spent on my reef aquarium. After having a high end reef aquarium everything seems cheap by comparison. I sold it, bought a new motorcycle, put a bar in where the tank used to be and still plenty of cash for this hobby.

chicken
02-01-2009, 09:43
good diving and free beer? Where do I sign up? I only have 240 hours of vacation on the books!

Straegen
02-01-2009, 11:14
Holy crap... I want your vacation schedule. I though mine was awesome with 5 weeks. 6 is crazy.

BTW, what LDS do you frequent around here?

Lulubelle
02-01-2009, 11:31
Holy crap... I want your vacation schedule. I though mine was awesome with 5 weeks. 6 is crazy.

BTW, what LDS do you frequent around here?

This thread has me thinking...maybe I can get my doctor to justify my scuba expenses as a mental health investment so that I can get this stuff through my flex account. I have already gotten my bike, dumb bells, and trainer through....

I get three weeks of vaca, gentleman's agreement for a fourth. I'm jealous of both of you.

I'll have to remember that if the job goes south like it may be going.

chicken
02-01-2009, 12:02
I have 240 hours because I don't take much time off. I earn 120 hours a year plus 11 paid holidays. I need to take more time but my work schedule keeps me pretty busy.Too much work and not enough diving or riding my motorcycle!

I am using the new Atlanta Scuba store in Roswell. I also frequent Divers Supply in Marietta and Doraville. There are other shops in the area but I expect good service and fair prices; and that is hard to find.

Jiblets
02-01-2009, 12:17
As I keep diving, I find myself loving diving more and more but I also found out that I need very deep pockets....Sometimes I forget how much Im spending on diving, from equipment to just dive trips....

So, how much have you spent so far on diving, from getting certified to purchasing your last toy?

I think this will be very interesting...

Ignorance is bliss.

Seriously.

Don't go there... you'll regret it. Just dive and have fun!

I agree don't add it up I am a PADI MSDT and have over 8k in gear close to 8k to 10k in classes and god knows how much on trips. But for me diving is lifestyle and worth every cent

Can we please let this thread die? Every time I see it, I start adding things up... makes my head hurt.

Oh...500 lumen canister light under $400. Dive Rite 500 Lumen LED Primary Light (http://www.diveriteexpress.com/lights/lighthh.shtml)

and ST can pm it too???

ektess1
02-01-2009, 18:57
Alot more than my wife can ever know about. Luckly she can't tell the difference between new and newer.

tfriend
02-02-2009, 08:39
Ill bet larry and joes eyes are $$ signs right now!

emt
02-04-2009, 14:40
That's like figuring out how much I spend on food a week. I don't want to know...

rsmith5894
10-14-2009, 15:39
Can't let this thread die, it's interesting.

Let's see,

Equipment- $3600
Training/certs- $650
Trips- $500
Quarry fees- $150

Not bad for 2 great years!

My wife (non-diver) went with me when I purchased my gear. She said it was like a tornado going through the shop...I'll take that and that, two of those and a few of those things....What kind of deal can I get on this computer if I buy that BC? You get it, I was a child and $$$ didn't cross my mind!

clavicl3
10-14-2009, 15:48
I think the answer that suits us all is: way too much... but it has been all worth it.

inventor
10-14-2009, 17:23
I was so upset being made to think about this I just dropped another $200 with ST to make myself feel better.:smiley5:

Do they have support groups for this kind of addiction?


Been diving for about 14 months, just finished gearing up, I'm about $2000 in. And I feel great! (But do we ever really finish?)


As for the support group,
Posted on my local dive forum:

You know your diving too much when...

The doctor on Intervention says; "Nitrogen? Are you f***ing kidding me?"

scubagirlj
10-14-2009, 18:06
enough that my accountant is trying to make larry & joe dependants and trying to figure out how to write off all the airline tickets & hotel rooms, not to mention the training fees,tank fills etc-i keep telling him its medical fees for mental health but not winning that discussion

DevilDiver
10-14-2009, 18:30
enough that my accountant is trying to make larry & joe dependants and trying to figure out how to write off all the airline tickets & hotel rooms, not to mention the training fees,tank fills etc-i keep telling him its medical fees for mental health but not winning that discussion

Just go and visit your local ACORN office, they will be happy to help you. :smilie39:

emt
10-14-2009, 18:38
Funny you brought this thread up, I too just spent another + $200 with Scuba Toys today...
Maybe it's like everyone thinking the same and buying groceries etc. at the same time & scuba gear too....Anyone else purchasing scuba stuff today?

clavicl3
10-14-2009, 18:44
I might after this weekend. oh all the expensive hobbies I have...

chicken
10-14-2009, 19:18
A little over a $100, that's what I tell the boss (wife).

Okc_diver
10-14-2009, 21:27
Just go and visit your local ACORN office, they will be happy to help you. :smilie39:

best reply yet!:smilie39:

Okc_diver
10-14-2009, 21:36
Since I got certified July 2008 I have spent close to 4500.00. I still need to take my nitrox, rescue, EFR, CPR, photo (want to learn to take better photos), & a few more I can't remember yet. Then I need/want to get some more gear and a strobe for my camera, 2 dive trips next year (still in planning stage).

Finish paying off this years trip. (I need a better job that pays MORE) :smiley36:

This is giving me a headache......where did I put my 800mg Ibuprofen

inventor
10-14-2009, 21:39
Since I got certified July 2008 I have spent close to 4500.00. I still need to take my nitrox, rescue, EFR, CPR, photo (want to learn to take better photos), & a few more I can't remember yet. Then I need/want to get some more gear and a strobe for my camera, 2 dive trips next year (still in planning stage).

Finish paying off this years trip. (I need a better job that pays MORE) :smiley36:

I feel like such a loser. Maybe if I sold the Firebird....maybe a kidney...How fast can half a liver regenerate? Oh, what the Hell, might as well get the wetsuits I've been wanting. And the new reg/octo. Then I'll need.. Let's make that $5000. Next month.

cgvmer
10-14-2009, 22:24
I don't want to add it up ...but I am getting equipment for 4 (me and 3 kids) of us. Just spent $1200 on 4 new Mares Regs, then another 200 on a computer, add a couple used DR transpac, a used HH BP/W and a golem gear rig.... oh and 4 sets of princeton lights... I can't think about this any more I'm getting depressed.

navyhmc
10-15-2009, 02:09
After 35 years of diving, I would hazard a guess that I've spent close to $40,000 in gear, trips, certs, fills and maintenance.

emt
10-15-2009, 07:47
Now if you want numbers to go up fast, just drop a boat in the $ slot...

underh2o
10-15-2009, 07:59
I have a beautiful wife....As long as we don't know how much total she will keep me. I am the only one that dives so single gear is not as bad and she doesn't know that is a good thing.

Scuba Pete
10-15-2009, 08:24
I just made a spreadsheet up so I can take inventory of what I got. For my gear only I have spent a little over $4800, replacement value is a litle over $10,000. I dont really want to calculate how much air, entry fees, certifications, and trips. But i would imagine that it would be in the range of $5000. So all together i would say around 10,000 for me. I think we all have a problem and need to get some serious help. I know i am not allowed to buy any gear for the rest of the month, seeing how i have already bought a tank, HID dive light, and (2) backup lights for around 800, just this month.

scubadiver888
10-15-2009, 08:27
Money was meant to be spent. I don't have a clue how much I have spent on scuba. I know I spent $1000 on DM training (materials, unlimited gear rental; although I just need tanks, classes, pool session, exams, etc.). Rescue, EFR, AOW, a couple of specialties (have to get them so you can teach them). Trips to the Caribbean (six 2 week trips for scuba diving), $1200 in initial gear. $700 on exposure protection (7mm, 3mm, tunic, hoods, gloves, boots, etc).

I'm still putting together a rescue diver kit but that will probably run me a few hundred dollars.

Just the major stuff is running $7000. Add the numerous little things (dive knife, tarp, wetsuit shampoo, weights, etc.) plus local dive trips (usually $1000 after hotel, food, gas, boat fees, etc.) and it is easily running over $10,000.

Keep in mind (a) this is over a few years and (b) what else am I going to spend my money on? I go to work and make money so I can spend it on something fun, like scuba.

scubadiver888
10-15-2009, 08:33
I just made a spreadsheet up so I can take inventory of what I got. For my gear only I have spent a little over $4800, replacement value is a litle over $10,000. I dont really want to calculate how much air, entry fees, certifications, and trips. But i would imagine that it would be in the range of $5000. So all together i would say around 10,000 for me. I think we all have a problem and need to get some serious help. I know i am not allowed to buy any gear for the rest of the month, seeing how i have already bought a tank, HID dive light, and (2) backup lights for around 800, just this month.

I have to whole heartily agree. I have a problem and need serious help.

So at this time I am announcing the Keep Darrell Diving Fund. Details on how you can send money to Keep Darrell Diving will be available shortly. :smiley36:

IndyDiver
10-15-2009, 08:43
It would be really stupid for me to think about this. If I totaled all the money I have spent on scuba for myself and my son, I would then have the additional expense for treatment of clinical depression to go along with my scuba expenses. :smiley36:

TJDiver
10-15-2009, 09:11
Wow, this is a tough one to acknowledge. I first certified in '84, and can't even begin to recall all the $$ spent back then. I just re-certified with my 13-year old son this past August, and have spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $6000 on gear alone for the two of us. If my wife ever changes her mind about giving it a try, it's going to get intere$ting for sure. Between diving and all our cross-country treks on the Harley, I'm beginning to wonder who's covering the mortgage. :smiley29: C'monnnnn Powerball!!! :smiley36:

it_mike
10-15-2009, 14:07
More than a small car...less than a house?

There are some questions you really don't want to know the answers to... Start counting regulators, BCs/BPs/Wings, drysuits, wetsuits, 5 sets of fins with a 6th pair in the works (FF SD1s coming in Nov), tanks, lead...the list goes on and on.

Add in dives? I don't want to know.

tk trekers
10-15-2009, 14:51
I can't believe a dangerous topic/thread like this has been allowed to go on. This should be removed by a mod immediately. People could get killed disclosing that kind of information. If a non-diver family member stumbles on to this, I fear there will be serious repercussions for the people who have disclosed this information...

scubadiver888
10-15-2009, 14:59
I can't believe a dangerous topic/thread like this has been allowed to go on. This should be removed by a mod immediately. People could get killed disclosing that kind of information. If a non-diver family member stumbles on to this, I fear there will be serious repercussions for the people who have disclosed this information...

:smilie39::smilie39::smilie39: My wife doesn't dive but plans all my dive trips. She let me drop $1000 recently on getting my DM. She KNOWS I'll spend more money than I make as a professional.

She is making me go to Tahiti next year (mostly because she doesn't want to going to Tobermory, ON; nothing for her to do there). I love my wife. :smiley20:

TJDiver
10-15-2009, 15:01
I can't believe a dangerous topic/thread like this has been allowed to go on. This should be removed by a mod immediately. People could get killed disclosing that kind of information. If a non-diver family member stumbles on to this, I fear there will be serious repercussions for the people who have disclosed this information...

No worries. The first time the non-diving missus said anything about the price of the gear I was buying, I just looked at her and asked, "Do you really want our son 60 feet under the ocean with second rate gear?" Guilt and fear can be such useful tools. :smiley36:

tk trekers
10-16-2009, 20:50
I dive, my wife dives and my 12 year old son dives. My 10 year old daughter "dabbles" so she has some gear for the discover scuba classes she's done but she just isn't ready for an actual cert class and now that she has made a swim team and has practice 4 days a week she probably won't be pursuing her cert for a while. I'd hazard a guess that we've spent over $10k this year on everything we've done.