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 us 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. 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.
No registration fees:
– Discover Diving
– Provisional Upgrade: Must be within 6 months of conclusion of class to qualify.
– Fundamentals “Tech” Upgrade: Must be active Fundamentals Diver to qualify.
– Cave Triox as Part of a Cave class
Between $40-55 registration fee per course:
– Primers: Doubles, Drysuit, Gas Blender, Nav, Rescue, Triox, Cave Triox Upgrade
– Each part of Rec 1 or Fundamentals, if elected the two-part course option
$95 registration fee per course: Rec 1/2/3, Fundamentals, Doc Diver, DPV 1
$150 registration fee per course: Cave 1, Cave 2, Tech 1 and includes DecoPlanner software
Other: Dive Leader or Instructor Development: Inquire.
Please contact Mer before applying to a specific class or if you or your team wants to schedule their own class date.
2. Tuition for Classes and Coaching — 2020 Pricing
After nearly a decade without price changes, we’ve been overdue for a while. Increases will phase in during 2019 and be completed by 2020. In the process, we’ve also decided to simplify our pricing structure. During GUE classes and Wet Rocks Diving’s offerings, you pay for training time; certification is earned.
Recreational Classes & Primers & Coaching: $200 per diver per training day
Recreational Diver Level 1 Nitrox – Learn to Dive
Primers (Drysuit, Doubles, Fundamentals Part 1)
GUE Fundamentals (Full Course or in 2 Parts)
Special Rate: Fundamentals Tech Upgrade (evaluation dive or coaching)
Recreational Diver Level 2 – Triox, Rescue, Navigation
Recreational Diver Level 3 – Trimix, Recreational Deep
Documentation Diver – email us!
Diver Propulsion Vehicle – Level 1
Gas Blender – email us!
Cave & Tech Classes & Coaching: $375 per diver per training day
3. Professional Expenses
Kona/Hawaii surcharge: $25 per diver per training day.
Wet Rocks Diving does not charge for her expenses for local classes or dive sessions. This means there are no instructor travel fees in High Springs, FL. The exception to no local professional expenses would be boat charter fees, if not comped for Instructor by the operator. Dives requiring trimix may require a professional gas surcharge. While instructor’s nitrox is included in course price, industry practice is that students will split the cost of instructors helium and deco gas for Rec 3 and Tech 1. Panhandle or S. Florida sites are not considered local to High Springs and may incur professional expenses.
Wet Rocks Diving is available for classes, mentoring, and consulting nationwide and worldwide. Expenses such as airfare, hotel, transport, tank rental, and boat fees etc. will be divided among the participants. If you are able to arrange more than one class or dive session to be held consecutively or are able to provide lodging, 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. Wet Rocks Diving makes every effort to minimize expenses as long as safety and productivity are not impacted.
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, boat crew gratuities, 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 4.4386% General Excise (“Paradise”) Tax in addition to prices quoted. In most other locations there is no sales tax on professional services (tuition + expenses).
Wet Rocks Diving aims to be as fair as possible and does use our brains to assess the situation at hand. Our policies are below. You’ll get the gist if you understand that when you commit to a class you are not just making a personal commitment, you are making a commitment to a team. Thus policies on class deposits are a bit more defined than if you were making a booking that only affected one person.
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, 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.