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Re: A Beginner's Guide to Scuba Diving
« Reply #10 on: 07 Feb 14, 15:38 »
Hi DIN, thank you for the excellent article. I have a few questions to ask before converting to an addict. ;D ;D Can I contact you directly?

I'm glad you find that article useful...  ;D
Are you trying to borrow money from me to supplement your future addiction?  :P Sorry I don't even have enough to sustain myself.  :P

Actually its better to ask on this thread for the benefit of others like yourself. You will also get answers from others. I may not be always right although I may sound to be.. :P :P
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Re: A Beginner's Guide to Scuba Diving
« Reply #11 on: 08 Feb 14, 12:06 »
You are so hilarious.  ;D My friends and I wanted to sign up for a dive course from groupon for less than a $100. It's very irresistibly cheap compared to other dive shop that we checked. Then I came across your article and the other threads. I have second thought about signing with the groupon deals now. Can you advise us what to ask and look for if we were to sign up for this course? Or can you recommend us a few reasonable priced dive shop that we can go to? We don't have any diver friends. Thank you

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Re: A Beginner's Guide to Scuba Diving
« Reply #12 on: 09 Feb 14, 09:30 »
You are so hilarious.  ;D My friends and I wanted to sign up for a dive course from groupon for less than a $100. It's very irresistibly cheap compared to other dive shop that we checked. Then I came across your article and the other threads. I have second thought about signing with the groupon deals now. Can you advise us what to ask and look for if we were to sign up for this course? Or can you recommend us a few reasonable priced dive shop that we can go to? We don't have any diver friends. Thank you

Hmmm nowadays open water drills will be conducted mostly at Tioman or Sibu.. islands since Dayang has cease its operation.

But as now people are getting more busy.. There is another option. You can try spending around 6D 5N to complete a whole OWDC overseas.. such as in Indonesia, Malaysia or Philipines. It will cause you around 800 - 1100 sing in total including air tickets if you have the budget and also depends on where you go. The advantages are you are able to complete the course and have a great holiday within the 5 or 6 days. ::)

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Re: A Beginner's Guide to Scuba Diving
« Reply #13 on: 09 Feb 14, 14:26 »
You are so hilarious.  ;D My friends and I wanted to sign up for a dive course from groupon for less than a $100. It's very irresistibly cheap compared to other dive shop that we checked. Then I came across your article and the other threads. I have second thought about signing with the groupon deals now. Can you advise us what to ask and look for if we were to sign up for this course? Or can you recommend us a few reasonable priced dive shop that we can go to? We don't have any diver friends. Thank you

Im serious...  :P Anyways, here's the answers to your questions.

You should check the fine print on these deals. There is absolutely no way to get certified for $100 or even $500. $100 barely cover the certification card. Most likely, it's a tryout pool session. It teach you some basic skill and let you have a feel of breathing underwater in the swimming pool. After the pool session, you will need to top up if you wish to continue to get certified. Eventually, you'll end up paying about $600-ish. Although some of these deals may have a misleading headlines, read the fine print carefully. It's one of the creative gimmick by the dive centre. You should ask them how much you will end up paying to get certified and the student to instructor ratio which I already mentioned it in my post.

It appear to me that your selection criteria is based on pricing and I hope I'm wrong. This should be the last thing on your list. What you need is a good instructor. Ask how long they have been in the business and their teaching experience, accidents record, teaching ratio and of course a credible dive centre. I'm more inclined to suggest anyone to go with a small group even if you have to fork out a little bit extra. Not only that you get more attention and better learning experience but most importantly safe. Accident are rare but it happened.

Of course, if you ask any instructor, they will tell you safety is the outmost priority. Nobody is going to tell you that they don't care about safety and only focus on having fun. Action speaks louder though.

Unfortunately, I'm not able to recommend you any dc or instructor. Everyone have different expectations or preference. Some like it strict while others like it fun but prefer the former because I can have fun when I know what Im doing. For this, you have to do a little bit of research yourself. You can start from this link http://scubasg.com/index.php?topic=1214.0

fusionx99 has also good suggestion. Why don't you consider spending slightly more and go for a little holiday in the nearby diving destinations? If I have to start all over again, this is what I'll do.
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Re: A Beginner's Guide to Scuba Diving
« Reply #14 on: 09 Feb 14, 18:52 »
If you can afford a little vacation and prefer a less stressful learning environment, I recommend learning at the dive resort nearby. My friends and i find that rushing to the theory class and confined water session after work is tiring. Hence, we decided to take a trip and get ourselves certified.

We had very good experience with Turtle Bay Divers in Perhentian Besar and Dive Down Below in Kota Kinabalu. Both of the dive centres provide low student:instructor ratio (max 4:1. we were lucky to have 1:1 & 2:1 respectively). They conducted the confined water session and water skill test in the sea water. The instructors are patience and made us practice the skills over & over again. The pre dive briefing was also conducted in details and clearly explained the danger that we might face and safety procedure if encountered before every dive even if we had been to the same place the day before.

It'll be good if you can extend your stay after the completion of your open water course to do some leisure dive and practice the skills learnt.

In comparison, the dive sites in Perhentian is better than KK.

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Re: A Beginner's Guide to Scuba Diving
« Reply #15 on: 09 Feb 14, 19:02 »
We spent about SGD 900 and SGD 1100 for doing OWDC in Perhentian and KK respectively, including airfare, transfer, 1 week accommodation, food & course fee.

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