Policies and Prices
Here at Wet Rocks Diving we like knowing what’s up — which is why we try to provide you with as much information as possible about the costs associated with training or diving with us. We know that each diver’s needs and goals are unique, so each situation, especially when travel is involved, may require special attention. The information below is provided to give you an idea of our pricing and policies.
We know that GUE classes and time spent with an experienced dive professional are a significant investment in your future diving fun, safety, enjoyment, and upper-level class success. If a payment plan or other creative payment/exchange would help make a class or coaching within your reach, email Mer with your ideas and proposals!
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Global Underwater Explorer (GUE) Courses
GUE course fees are broken into 3 parts: the GUE Registration Fee, Tuition, and Professional Expenses (if any).
1. GUE Registration (& Materials) Fee
This fee includes your registration with GUE, downloadable course materials (which includes all required materials), and certification card, if earned. The fee is paid directly to GUE, not your instructor, upon applying to a specific course date. GUE Gold Members or higher receive at least one course registration per year. Please contact Mer before applying to a specific class or if you or your team wants to schedule their own class date.
- Primers: Drysuit, Doubles, Triox, Cave Triox Upgrade: $45 each
- Fundamentals Part 1: $40; Fundamentals Part 2: $55
- Fundamentals (full course), Rec 1/2/3, Doc Diver, DPV1: $95 each
- Provisional Upgrade: No Registration Fee. Must be within 6 months of conclusion of class to qualify.
- Tech Upgrade: No Registration Fee. Must be active Fundamentals Diver to qualify.
- Cave 1, Cave 2, Tech 1: $150 each, and now includes DecoPlanner software
- Cave Triox as Part of Cave Class: No additional registration fee.
If you’re not currently a GUE Member, consider joining at the time you register for your GUE class and receive a 15% discount on the membership.
Weekends are in high demand and are also when Mer wants to go do some fun dives herself; therefore, classes involving weekends cost a little more than classes during the week.
Fundamentals Tech Upgrade (evaluation dive or coaching)
Documentation Diver – email Mer!
Gas Blender – email Mer!
Cave Diver Level 2 – we arrange Cave 2 classes, email Mer if interested!
Technical Diver 1 – email Mer!
GUE Instructor Training – we arrange Instructor Development, email Mer if interested!
3. Professional Expenses
Mer does not charge for her expenses for local classes or dive sessions. Local classes are those based in High Springs, FL or Kona, Hawaii, unless Mer is making a special trip outside of her “normal” trips to Kona or High Springs specifically to teach your class or dive with you. The exception to no local professional expenses would be boat charter fees, if not comped for Instructor and video diver by the operator. Dives requiring trimix may require a professional gas surcharge. Panhandle or S. Florida sites are not considered local to High Springs and may incur professional expenses.
Mer is available for classes, mentoring, and consulting nationwide and worldwide. Expenses such as airfare, hotel, transport, tank rental, and boat fees etc. will be be divided among the participants. If you are able to arrange more than one class or dive session to be held consecutively this will reduce the travel fees paid by each participant. Expectations for how professional expenses, if any, will be handled will be set at time of booking.
Unless specified otherwise, course/guiding/mentoring fees do not include equipment or tanks. Participants may incur personal expenses including: individual travel, equipment purchase/rental, gas fills, optional materials, site entry fees, pool fees, and/or boat fees, etc. not included in quoted fees. Students need to have diving accident insurance, such as DAN Master Level or equivalent, before the start of any in-water class work.
All transactions in Hawaii will incur 4.16% General Excise (“Paradise”) Tax in addition to prices quoted. In most other locations there is no sales tax on professional services (tuition + expenses).
Cash, cashiers check, money order, credit card, or Paypal. Personal checks drawn on US banks accepted if received 30 days prior to start of class date/booking. Returned check fee $50.
Make-up Policy: If you miss a class session session, make-ups may be possible if your class is being held on non-consecutive days. Make-ups will be at your instructor’s discretion and as availability permits. Make-up sessions will be charged at our private hourly rate plus additional expenses, if any. If course standards prohibit a missed session from being taught privately, there may be an additional fee for a stand-in buddy. Rejoining the class will be permitted once your instructor agrees that you have caught up on missed material.
All prices are in US Dollars. Tuition, fees, rates, rebates, and promotions are subject to change at any time, without notice. Fees, tuition, and professional expenses will be set at time of signing up for a specific class date or booking of session(s). Mentoring, guiding, and buddy dives are not instruction and always will be conducted within the limits of each diver’s current certification. Some guided dives are only appropriate for teams of three (guide plus two guidees). We reserve the right to cap a class at 3 students, even though a higher ratio may be permitted. Mer and Wet Rocks Diving reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime at our discretion.