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Macrocystis pyrifera (Giant Kelp)

Guided Dives

WhatCurrent Rate
Monterey 2-tank $130 (1 diver) or $105 / person (2-4 divers)
(If additional divers sign up, you pay the 2-4 diver rate instead.)
Point Lobos 2-tank
(Weekdays only)
$185 (1 diver) or $160 / person (2-4 divers)
(Includes Point Lobos reservation and State Parks permit fees.)
Monastery Beach 2-tank advanced dive $160 (1 diver) or $135 / person (2-4 divers)
(Includes State Parks permit fees.)
Boat diving Customers pay guide's spot on the boat.
Night diving Same rate! Just meet later.
(You'll need a light; I rent them if you don't have your own.)
Add third dive +$50 / person
Dive light rental (new!) +$10 / person
Guaranteed private tour +$50 (flat rate for 1-4 divers)

Reservations recommended. No refund for cancellations <24 hours before tour start (including no-shows), unless I can fill your spot.

Equipment rental not included; I recommend Diver Dan's if you're coming from the Bay Area or Aquarius if you're already in Monterey.

Polyorchis penicillatus (Bell Medusa)

Instruction for Certified Divers

WhatCurrent Rate
Add PADI Specialty course to guided dives +$85 / person (2 dive specialty)
+$110 / person (3 dive specialty)
+$135 / person (4 dive specialty)
Add PADI Advanced Open Water course to guided dives +$160 / person (5 dives)
(Requires a total of 5 guided dives: Underwater Navigation, Deep, and three other adventure dives - Night, Boat, Peak Performance Buoyancy, etc. If you already have a PADI specialty or two, I only charge for the dives we need to do.)
Add individual Adventure Dive to a guided dive +25 / person
(Includes knowledge review and skill practice during the dive.)
Scuba Refresher in pool $105 (1 diver) or $75 / person (2-4 divers)
(Up to 3 hours; Diver Dan's charges a separate $25 pool fee for use of their gear.)
Underwater Photography classroom session$80 (1 person) or $55 / person (2-5 people)
(Up to 3 hours; learn about gear, theory, and/or processing images in Photoshop)
Dry Suit Diver $320 (1 diver) or $265 / person (2-4 divers)
(Includes pool session, 2 ocean dives, PADI Certification. Diver Dan's rents drysuits.)
Enriched Air Diver $105 / person
(3 hours: classroom, measuring tanks, PADI certification. No dives required.)
Rescue Diver Please contact me.
(Requires pool and ocean sessions. Minimum class size 2 students.)

Some examples:

Squatina californica (Angel Shark)

Safety Courses

Anyone can take these; you don't need to be a certified diver.
WhatCurrent Rate
Emergency First Response $150 (1 person) or $125 / person (2+ people)
(4-6 hours classroom. Meets most workplace first aid / CPR requirements and Rescue Diver requirements.
Emergency Oxygen Provider $105 / person
(3 hours classroom, skill practice, PADI certification)

Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)

Instruction for New Divers and Snorkelers

WhatCurrent Rate
Snorkeling Lessons $105 (1 person) or $75 / person (2-6 people)
(up to 3 hours; Diver Dan's charges a separate $25 pool fee for use of their gear.)
Try scuba in the pool $105 (1 person) or $75 / person (2-6 people)
(up to 3 hours; Diver Dan's charges a separate $25 pool fee for use of their gear.)

Henricia leviuscula (Blood Star)

PADI Open Water Diver

WhatCurrent Rate
PADI Open Water eLearning Purchase directly from the PADI Website.
Course registration fee $50 / student
Pool session (3 hours) $105 (1 student) or $75 / person (2-4 students)
(Diver Dan's charges a separate $25 pool fee for use of their gear)
Ocean day (2 dives) $205 (1 student) or $175 / person (2-4 students)
(Rent gear separately from Diver Dan's or another dive shop)
Certification fee $50 / student
(Includes PADI Open Water card)

Why do I charge by the lesson instead of giving a single rate for the entire class? So we can take as much time as you need to feel comfortable. If that's 3 pool sessions, great! If you need a 4th session to work out buoyancy issues, or gain confidence with mask skills, I want you to have that time so that you hit the ocean feeling confident. Alternately, if you're an outstanding student, or you've already done part of the course with another instructor (maybe you're switching from a group class), I'm not charging you for training time you don't need. Or you want to do one day in the ocean with me, and then do your second day in the ocean on vacation.

Doing the whole course with me (registration, 3 pool sessions, 2 ocean days, certification) typically works out to an instructor fee of $825 (1 diver) or $675 / person (2-4 divers).

An open water referral (registration, 3 pool sessions) typically works out to an instructor fee of $365 (1 diver) or $275 / person (2-4 divers).

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