You can sign up for a full certification course at your local dive retail store for $100 to $150. Included in the cost is use of a  regulator,  weight belt (to keep you from floating to the surface),  buoyancy compensator (to keep the weighted you from sinking to the bottom) and  tanks. Most courses will require you to buy a  mask ($40 to $80),  fins ($40 to $100) and  snorkel ($10 to $20) plus  a textbook and a set of dive tables ($25 to $40) that show how long you can safely stay at a specific depth. All told, you can figure a total of about $300 to become amphibious.
Once you're certified, you don't need to buy any more equipment than the mask, fins and snorkel. You can rent a regulator, buoyancy compensator, weight belt and tanks at just about any dive site in the world. Many beginners do, however, invest in a regulator ($200 to $500) and a buoyancy compensator ($200 to $400).
Other good investments for divers who are beginning to get serious include  a dive computer ($350 to $750), which keeps track of your tank pressure, depth, time in the water and time remaining before surfacing;  gloves ($30 to $50);  wet suit ($150 to $500);  dive light ($30to $100); and  booties ($25 to $50).
Source Citation:"What it costs." Men's Health 8.n2 (March-April 1993): 48(1). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 13 Sept. 2009
Gale Document Number:A13403727
Disclaimer:This information is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional care.
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