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Training FAQs

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As a beginner, you will have lots of questions about scuba diving equipment. Do I need all the dive kit from the very start? How expensive is it to get all the kit I need?

What will it cost to learn to scuba dive?

To learn to scuba dive with Dacorum Scuba will cost you around £250 upfront. This includes your BSAC membership fee, first instalment of our membership fee and other sundries such as training packs, kit hire. See more detail for our 2022 Ocean Diver course. Training, diving and qualifying with Dacorum Scuba is good value.

What gear will I need?

Once you start your Ocean Diver training, it’s a good idea to purchase your own basic kit; a mask first, followed by a snorkel and then fins. When you progress to open water you will require a wetsuit or drysuit. These can be borrowed/hired, but you may want to purchase your own to ensure a good fit and familiarity. When qualified divers will need to obtain their own full set of gear, although some prefer to hire it, especially when travelling overseas.

How much will it cost to buy my own dive kit?

As with most specialist gear, there can be a huge range in prices, but budget for £100 upwards for a pair of fins, mask and snorkel. Wetsuits for UK diving start from around £150 and drysuits from £500, going up to over £1,000 for a top-end drysuit. To fully equip a diver, expect to pay around £1,500. If your kit is well-maintained this will be a long-term investment. Always ask your instructor and other club members before you buy. They have a wealth of experience that they are happy to share.

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