I've never tried Scuba. Looks like I have to have some courses to get licence but wondering which is better, to start the basic here in Singapore (lecture and pool lesson?) and go to the beach for weekend or to go to island for 3 or 4 days and complete all of them there? I think it's cheaper in Singapore but sounds also nice to go to the beach and stay there for a while. Any advise? Sorry for this novice, silly question...
Like yuji said, both are possible. Theories are usually done in Singapore first coz it's best ensure that new divers understand the basics of diving as well as the risks involved. Your pool session can be done either in Singapore at an arranged timing you can make it at, or you can also do it on the island where you'll dive at. I feel that having the pool session together with your open water dives are not bad a choice coz you'll remember the procedures fresh in your mind, hours before your 1st open water.
Although it can be convenient to take the course in local waters, I wouldn't recommend it. Visibility might be too bad and some currents might be present. All those don't help coz you'll be performing skills for your instructor and have them assessed.
Many dive centres offer weekend trips for your open water dives. Some are more overpriced than others so it's a good thing you intend to research online to find some gd schools.
Apart from the after sales service and professionalism of the dive centre you go with, you may wish to ask for a comparison of afew dive sites you have in mind.
Tioman, Aur, Dayang, Tinggi & Perhentian are amongst the most visited sites if you're seeking for somewhere near Singapore. But do bear in mind the journey duration as some could be horrid...lol Do ask abt their accomodation and food to see which suits you better. And of course, the visibility and marine life too.
A long time back, I was just as eager as you but couldn't decide on where to dive or which dive operator to go with. A friend recommended a dive centre which had outstanding warmth and customer service, not forgetting the lowest prices I could find.
I learned under their guidance and have since been attached there as part of the crew. Feel free to check out www.sunnycove.com.sg
or call the hotline to have any enquiries answered. I recommend speaking to Thomas, who will warmly clarify all your doubts with his many yrs of experience.
Apart from Sunny Cove, there are also many other options you can explore. Jerms's dayang deal really isn't bad at all.
Some established dive centres like waikiki, orpheus and countless others might offer what you seek too. Hope you find what you're looking for soon, coz diving can be a breathtakingly wonderful activity that can get you hooked!
After trying some dive sites, you'll always want to explore further horizons for better sightings and experience...
TavelCt wrote:Hello everyone,
I am currently living in the US and will be moving to Singapore by the end of this year. I am also a certified scuba diver.
Question to those scuba divers who moved to Singapore - did you bring your favorite gear (regulator, bcd) with you when you moved? I am still thinking if I should sell them here in the US and then purchase such gear when I am over there in Singapore. Are scuba gear more expensive in Singapore?
TavelCt, I know many divers who prefer to buy their equipment thru ebay and have it shipped over. Heard that the amount they pay is still quite abit lower than the local prices, possibly because many dive centres mark the selling price up. You may wish to search for more purchasing alternatives online, apart from just the retail stores here.
Some understated shops sell similar quality items at much lower prices too, as compared to most commercialised dive shops.
I was accompanying a friend to buy some dive gloves and dive rod/pointer. I bought my rod for only $9 from Lavender's Sports Center (beside army market), yet rods of similar length and quality were retailing at $35-$55 at other stores near Lavender, no kidding.
You might find some good buys here in Sg but it wouldn't hurt to compare prices of different stores, or those from ebay etc. At least it'll help you make a better purchase and stretch your dollar. Good luck!