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UC Berkeley - Scientific Diving

Equipment and Expenses

SCUBA Certification Expense Estimate (PE 47A, 47B, 407C)

Skin Diving Gear

SCUBA Gear

Ocean Diving Gear

Recommended Gear

Scientific Diving Gear


If you have any questions about this list, or if you would like to discuss equipment options and recommendations, please contact the Diving Safety Office at 510-642-1298 or email ucbdiver@berkeley.edu

SCUBA Certification Expense Estimate (PE 47A Introduction to Scuba Diving)

ItemPrice Range
Equipment
See below equipments lists for price breakdown$1000-$3000
Air Fills (4 x $6)$24.00
Medical Exam
Tang Health Center$225
Course Material Fee (CMF)
CMF covers the following:
Certification Cards$185
NAUI training manuals (tables, log book, record folder)
CPR, Oxygen Administration training manuals
Air fills in Monterey (7 x $3.25)
Equipment support for training gear
Staff and Equipment transportation costs
Books
NAUI Master Diving Techniques$45
NAUI Rescue Diving Text$30 (optional)
Transportation and Lodging
Plan on 4 trips to the Monterey area (Carpools encouraged)
Mileage roundtrip Berkeley to Monterey240 miles
Lodging (camping or cheap hotels)$7-35 per night
Miscellaneous
Monterey Bay Aquarium admission fee$27.95
Food?
Total Estimated Expenses$1400-3300 (plus food and lodging)

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Skin Diving Gear

Skin diving gear is your basic gear that you will use every time you go in the water. This gear must be purchased in order to insure consistency and familiarity. This equipment should last for several years, depending on the amount of use and care it receives.

Prices are estimates for budgeting; you may pay more or less.

Skin Diving Gear (required)
ItemPrice Range
Mask$49-100
Snorkel$20-50
Fins (open heel adjustable, full foot fins are unacceptable)$60-120
Boots (avoid zippers)$35-65
Gloves$25-40
Weight Belt$7-50
Weight$1-3 / lb.

Note: weight for California diving should be approximately 10% of your body weight plus 5-10 pounds. Weight needs to be adjustable from pool to ocean.

Exposure suit for expected environment, including hood
ItemPrice Range
Northern California diving = 6.5 or 7mm suit (or thicker)$250-525
Moorea diving = full 3mm suit or more$100-300
Suits or vest with attached hoods greatly increase warmth
Custom suits are strongly recommended, especially for scientific diving

California course equipment costs: $486-1000

Moorea course equipment costs: $316-800

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SCUBA Gear

SCUBA gear is needed for all pool sessions starting the 3rd or 4th week of class, and all ocean dives. This gear can be purchased or rented. For safety reasons you should use the same equipment all semester long. Borrowed gear will need to be approved by the instructor. If your gear isn't functioning, you don't get in the water. If you decide to purchase this gear, keep in mind that it is life-support equipment, and maybe this is not the place to try and save a few extra dollars

SCUBA Gear (required for pools and ocean dives)
ItemPrice Range
Regulator with alternate air source$250-1500
Buoyancy compensator$250-500
Tank (not required)$100-300
Pressure gauge*$75-110
Depth gauge*$75-100
Compass*$30-50
Octopus retainer if appropriate$5-10
Total:$785-2570

* I would recommend buying a console that holds these gauges.

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Ocean Diving Gear

Ocean diving gear is what you will need on our ocean dives. This equipment, while required, is fairly standard and if you know any certified divers, you may be able to borrow some of these items. On the other hand, if you're going to be a diver, you might as well start getting all of the equipment together now.

Diving Gear Required for Ocean Dives
ItemPrice Range
Timing device$35-250
Knife or cutting tool$30-130
Whistle$2-5
Slate$5-10
Dive lights (primary)$40-80
Dive lights (backup)$20-40
Total:$222-815

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Recommended Gear

Recommended Equipment and Extras are just that. These items will make your diving more enjoyable and some may extend the life of your basic equipment. These items can be added as the semester or your diving career goes on.

Recommended Gear
ItemPrice Range
Dive Bag (strongly recommended)$60-200
"Goodie" bag for holding mask, snorkel, fins, gloves$15-25
Equipment clips$5 each
Save-a-dive kit (spare mask strap, fin strap, o-rings, snorkel keeper, etc.)$10-25
First Aid Kit$15 and up
"Extras"
ItemPrice Range
Dive Computer$200-1200
Dive skin (makes getting into wetsuits easier)$60-100
Lycra/Nylon socks (helps getting into suit and booties)$10-12
Anti-fog solution, if you don't want to use your own (saliva)$3-5

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Scientific Diving Gear

Scientific Diving Equipment includes gear that you might use to conduct research underwater. Slates are required for IDS 407 course.

Scientific Diving Equipment
ItemPrice Range
Data slate$15 +
Meter tape$30
Collection nets, jars, bags
Surgical tubing

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