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Basically, you study on your own. Padi has a refresher course book. I took SSI. They gave me a copy of the OW test, the same one that the OW students take. I took the test (open book at home). Met with the instructor (a divecon - or DM/assistant instructor), and went over the answers. Drove to the pool, geared up, and went throught a limitted check list of skills to be performed. PADI encourages that one administer an exam, but it is not required.
If you took PADI, the skills covered will be part of the PADI's 20 skils check list, it would be the same, minus 6. Actually, it is skills 1 through 14. So it could be done in about 20 minutes if only 1 or 2 students in the class. I imagine it could be stretched longer.... But again, the focus is on the essential skills - mask clearing, reg recovery, reg/snorkel exchange. None of the stuff like removal of gear above/below water, no weight belt removal, no cesa, no fin pivot, no reg free flow, etc... I could look up PADI's minimal skill required if you like.. I have a check list with it from my DM course.
Just enough to get you comfortable back in the water again.
Last edited by fisherdvm; March 16th, 2008 at 06:37 AM.
Where I used to work they charged 50 bucks for a private lesson, usually about 2 hours. They also charged 100 for you to take the entire open water course over with the exception of no open water dives so that was 6 4 hour sessions.
Four hours of pool is typical. Unlimited classroom, the way we see it is your just another body in the class and dont need any specialized care as you would in the pool. Openwater dives would be at the discretion of your instructor and would most definately be at an additional fee.
I conduct quite a few PADI Scuba Refreshers. Our shop does a Refresher Lite which is pool only-about 2 hours in the pool going over the 20 Basic Skills-all of them, not just 10. This does not result in getting a decal to put on your card to prove that you've refreshed your skills. This costs $50. To get the decal you do the pool time and also have to do some class work. You can pick up a Scuba Tune Up book, study it & answer the questions, then come to class where we go over any questions and always go over the tables even if there aren't any questions about them. This can take 20 minutes to an hour and a half depending on how much the divers remember and how many war stories everyone wants to tell. Another way to do the class work is to take the 4 OW quizzes originally done during their certification process, or they can opt to take the 50 question Final Exam from the OW course. I don't do these open book. The idea is to find out what they remember and go over anything they don't. Our shop charges $75 for this and provides all necessary equipment for the pool.
And a Refresher can be done for any agency. Doesn't have to be with the original certifying agency. I've done Refreshers for PADI, NAUI, SSI students and others.
we charge $130. for a refresher. Most usually want to do pool time only,but I
prefer to go over table use.Those that want the full blown refresher with acad review ,same price.If a second diver that is with the first one wishes to do review ,no charge.We figure it cost the lds about $50. an hour to do this as that covers instr. pay and pool time /gear use.Usually takes 2 to 2 1/2 hr to complete.
Seems to be very popular at the lds I teach at now as there is often at a minimum of 2 or 3 a week going on.Having an onsite heated pool at the lds helps.