What Is the Start Up Cost for a Scuba Diving Business?

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SCUBA divers prepare their gear for a dive.
SCUBA divers prepare their gear for a dive. (Image: Steve Mason/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you would rather spend your days scuba diving than sitting behind a desk, turn your hobby into a career with a scuba diving business. This will require an up-front investment, but it might cost less than you expect. You can get into the scuba diving instruction or charter business with an investment in the low to mid five figures.

The Costs

To get into scuba instruction, you'll need to get your diving instructor certification from the Professional Association of Dive Instructors, or PADI. This will take a few months and cost a few thousand dollars, according to "Entrepreneur." The major cost of a charter scuba business is acquiring a boat. According to PADI, a diving business may also include a pool for lessons. As of the time of publication, "Entrepreneur" reports that the total cost for setting up a scuba instruction or charter business ranges between $10,000 and $50,000. You can expect your costs to be on the high end of this range -- or even to exceed it -- if you purchase your own boat or build a pool, but you can also lease a boat and pool time or partner with a boat owner. This can allow you to start giving lessons with an investment in basic dive equipment and to eventually invest more in your operation.

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