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    Average open water fee

    What is an average fee for an open water class in Oklahoma. The shop I'm at charges $400 for an open water class that includes everything, it could be less depending on equipment needs. If they rent the equipment or provide their own it is less.
    I ask because my son who lives 2 1/2 hrs away in a college town was quoted $400 for registration + $150 for equipment + $150 for materials, a grand total of $700 for an open water class.
    That just seemed real high for a regular open water class with shore dives in a local lake.

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    $200-250 plus the personal gear that you will need to purchase (mask,snorkel, fins) and maybe some gear rental depending on what you need. I would hold off on buying a full kit until you get some experience and can make the right choices.
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    $700 seems very high to me. A couple years back, I got my wife in a private class for $350 (total). This included any gear she needed, but she already had a full set of gear.

    This is in Missouri - She took the class in Branson.

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    A local shop here charges $195 for the course. You have to pay quarry fees and provide your own equipment or rent it for addition cost.

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    Seems very high to me. $150 for equipment (do they get to keep it?) and $150 for materials (is it made out of gold?). I'd look elsewhere. Maybe somewhere other than a college town.

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    Is the course being taught through the college?

    I can see 2 or 3 credit hours costing that much.


    If they are requiring PADI e-learning, that adds another $100 (I think).
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    No it's not a college class. The materials fee of $150 is for the PADI E-Learning. The $150 equipment fee is for mask, snorkel and fins. The $400 registration fee is what I am questioning. The only reason he is considering it is because he doesn't have enough free time to go else where. He could take it at the shop I work with but we do classes in the evening during the week.

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    It seems very high to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steveo View Post
    What is an average fee for an open water class in Oklahoma. The shop I'm at charges $400 for an open water class that includes everything, it could be less depending on equipment needs. If they rent the equipment or provide their own it is less.
    I ask because my son who lives 2 1/2 hrs away in a college town was quoted $400 for registration + $150 for equipment + $150 for materials, a grand total of $700 for an open water class.
    That just seemed real high for a regular open water class with shore dives in a local lake.
    That seems like an extremely high price. If that is the only option in his town, I would suggest he find a class offered elsewhere. I took my OW class from Tim Knight at Tenkiller lake because the time frame worked better for me, and I was very happy with it.
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