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namabiru 08-13-2007 12:10 PM

Coventry OW course
I'm posting for a friend, who will be attending uni. in Coventry next month. She said she thinks there may be a dive club on campus which may have good deals for getting OW certification, but I was wondering if anyone knew of someone in Coventry offering a relatively inexpensive but good quality cert. course. I know that you don't always want to go for a cheap course, and the knowledge is more important, but with her being a grad. student...

She wants to get certified, as she's interested in diving with me when I relocate to Qatar.

Thanks for any advice you can offer!

andyallen69 09-23-2007 05:26 AM

Diving in the UK

Over here in the UK you have 3 agencies to learn to dive with.
PADI, BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) and SAA (Sub Aqua Association).
I am with BSAC.
For PADI certification your friend just needs to find the local PADI school and book on a course. I would expect that the prices are pretty much fixed.
BSAC and SAA work differently, they are club based. You join a local diving club, pay membership fees to the club, pool fees and also pay for your training packs. Training is provided by the clubs instructors free of charge. Most clubs meet at a local pool once a week and do open water dives at weekends etc.
Now club fees will vary from club to club. BSAC membership is I think 40 per year. My club membership and pool fees are 120 per year and I think my training pack was 15 so my first grade has cost me 175. However I am now doing my Sports Diver qualification and all it has cost is 15 for the books as my membership fees etc are not due until February.
I dont know how this compares to PADI but would think BSAC and SAA are cheaper.
At the end of the day it all depends on how often you want to dive. If your friend just wants a certification to dive on holiday then PADI may be the easiest way to go. If they want to dive regularly in the UK then i would suggest a BSAC or SAA club.

namabiru 09-25-2007 09:32 PM

Cheers andy. Yeah, I knew about BSAC, as we have a clubhouse in Doha. However, yearly membership is outrageous, at 1200 riyals+ or something (USD $300--400, roughly).

I've not heard from my friend lately, so for all I know they may have something going through the uni. too. Diving at reduced rates or what have you.

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