Cost of Scuba Diving as a Hobby

Plan for scuba diving costs with a checking account from Citizens Bank

If you have an interest in oceanography or aquatic life and have previously enjoyed using scuba (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) to dive into bodies of water, you may be considering taking it up on a regular basis. A scuba diving certification allows you to explore the beauty of oceans, lakes and rivers, assist with aquatic rescues, and even work to repair the watery habitat of native species.

However, maintaining your scuba diving certification costs money, as does buying your own equipment and keeping it in good working order. So, if you loved that scuba excursion on your last tropical vacation and are thinking about keeping up the hobby, use the guide below to learn about the cost of scuba diving and how opening a checking account online from Citizens Bank can help you manage expenses.

Understanding average scuba diving costs

The costs associated with scuba diving may vary depending on whether you buy or rent equipment. Scuba diving lesson costs also vary based on private or group diving lessons and the level of instruction needed. However, you can use the following information as a guideline to budget for the cost of scuba diving.

  • Scuba diving certification costs. Basic PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification ranges from $200-$400. Certification is good for life, but you may want to take a refresher course if it's been a while since you've been in the water. Additionally, each level of scuba diving certification will cost more, so if your ultimate goal is to be a rescue diver, you'll spend more than if you're simply diving recreationally.
  • Gear. For scuba, you'll at least need a wetsuit, tank, mask, fins, regulator, BCD (buoyancy control device), dive computer, Thermocline gloves, dive boots (worn with open-heel fins), and snorkel. If you'll be going often or are concerned with sanitation, you may want to buy some or all of your scuba gear instead of renting. For just the basics, like your own mask, fins, snorkel and boots, you could spend around $100; for the wetsuit and more, you could spend over $1,000. If you rent dive gear, the cost might start around $50-$60 a day. Regardless of whether you rent or buy, you may spend more on gear for specific conditions, like cold or salt water and tropical or temperate locations.
  • Divers Alert Network (DAN). You may want to purchase extra insurance through DAN, as medical injuries from scuba diving are not always covered under your primary medical coverage.
  • Camera. To capture the scenery on your dives, you may want to purchase a high-definition camera with a wide-angle optical zoom lens that is waterproof, shockproof and crushproof.

Budgeting for the cost of scuba diving vacations

Seventy percent of the earth is covered by water - so you can dive almost anywhere. Once you are certified in scuba diving and have been diving a few times in a controlled environment, you may want to explore some of the popular diving destinations around the world. The costs of scuba diving trips vary by location, but it may be wise to create a budget just to plan for your scuba vacations.

Manage the costs of your scuba diving hobby with One Deposit Checking from Citizens Bank®

Scuba diving is a breathtaking experience. You get to explore the depths of rivers, lakes, and oceans. To manage the costs of scuba diving and diving vacations, open a One Deposit Checking account or interest checking account. With One Deposit Checking, all it takes is one deposit of any amount each month to waive the monthly maintenance fee. Plus, with mobile banking, you can keep track of your scuba diving expenses and pay bills. Contact a Citizens Bank representative today to find how you can budget for scuba diving costs and trips.


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