value and price

  1. We are proud of the divers we turn out and not just their skill level but also their knowledge, decision making and psychological preparedness to execute the dives for which they have trained. This takes time and demands our expertise, experience and energy.
  2. As a ‘profession’ diving is often undervalued. All of us who work in diving are passionate about diving and sometimes that leads to poor decisions on charges. Passionate about diving but less experienced in business people often resort to price as a sales technique, believing the cheapest price is the most attractive.  Sadly that means in order to eat something has to give and it’s usually time and quality

We believe we offer outstanding value, yet our prices will be seen as near the top of the market. This is because we want to invest as much in you as you do in yourself. We want to be still in business and able to support you through your diving career.

If price is your major consideration for choosing your technical diving instructor then we wish you well elsewhere. If investing in your development, knowledge, safety and enjoyment is your goal, we’d love to chat.

We charge between 175 and 225 euro per day plus vat. Compare that with a mechanic at 75.00 an hour (600 a day) or your accountant at 250 an hour (2000 a day) and we could justifiably charge more. Even if we fill a course with our maximum of three students, we still only get 450 a day before expenses, still less than your oil change.


With a couple of small exceptions the 175 euro a day is for tech training, 200 for CCR and 225.00 for cave / overhead training ex vat. Each course has an estimated number of days but these can vary based upon student performance, dive / weather conditions etc. Prices for guiding dives or coaching days are in a similar range but we are happy to confirm on request.

We will always try to be reasonable but cancellations at short notice will always incur a charge except in the most exceptional circumstances.

Any books or e-learning, dive costs, dive site or boat fees, access fees, gas, lime etc are payable by the student for themselves. The instructor costs are shared amongst the students.

** Certification fees are payable only at the end of the course when you have passed.

All prices are subject to  VAT at the prevaling rate for the service or product

Payments can be by all major credit cards, paypal, bank transfer, cash or apple pay but please allow time for funds to clear. All courses require a 20% deposit plus cost of books / materials as delivered. The deposit is non-refundable if the course is cancelled by the student except in exceptional circumstances. Courses rescheduled due to weather, illness etc will not forfeit the deposit. Deposits are not transferable to other goods or services.


South West Technical Terms and Conditions

Please carefully read our General Booking, Cancellation, Payment and other Terms which apply to all bookings with South West Technical Diving
South West Tech shall be construed to comprise “the Company”, as well as all their affiliates, officers, agents, employees, workers, directors and representatives.

2.1 All customers must show proof of diving certification from a recognised diver certifying organisation if taking part in any diving activity. South West Tech’s decision on a recognised agency shall be final.

2.2 All customers must complete and sign the relevant Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Form before commencing in water activities.

2.3 The Company is not permitted to dispense any medical advice. If you are unsure of a medical matter related to diving or otherwise, please seek advice from a certified Medical Practitioner before engaging in scuba diving or similar activities.

2.4 Technical diving carries risks over and above those of recreational scuba diving. It is the divers responsibility to assess, mitigate and manage those risks.

2.5 The maximum depth and runtime will be governed by conditions, qualifications and experience levels of divers and by the final decision of the skipper and divemaster of the day. Exceeding these limits will result in immediate and non refundable cancellation and the offending diver(s) will be required to leave the trip.

2.6 The Company reserves the right to modify and/or cancel diving arrangements for the reasons listed, but not limited to, those below:

2.6.1 the remoteness or inaccessibility of a diving destination;

2.6.2 local custom, war, political unrest and other hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared);

2.6.3 Acts of God (including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane or other natural disaster); and

2.6.4 other ensuing technical difficulties.

2.7 Customers who fail to participate in any dives on a trip, for whatever reason, shall not be reimbursed by the Company for any unused or uncompleted portion(s) of the trip.

3.1 Customers are strongly advised to secure appropriate travel insurance, with a reputable insurance provider, and applicable to the activities they will be undertaking. Such insurance should provide comprehensive coverage of at least the following; Diving, Medical, Travel, Personal Liability and Cancellation provisions. The Company shall not be held responsible for any resultant financial or personal loss or injury where customers choose not to secure such insurance.

3.2 The Company shall not accept any liability for the loss or damage of any luggage or dive equipment whilst on board the boat, nor during the transfer(s) to or from the boat.

4.1 A 3 % fee shall be applicable for all payments via Paypal.

4.2 The number of dives in any package is an estimate based on usual diving circumstances, and not a guarantee. Where circumstances arise, such as, but not limited to; adverse weather conditions, personal illness, technical difficulties, dive site remoteness/inaccessability and cause a reduction in this estimated number, there will be a partial refund of diving costs only excluding gas, accommodation and equipment. If a diver through personal choice cancels a dive there shall be no refund.

5.1 Where the customer is negligent or irresponsible, and causes any damage to, or loss of property and equipment belonging to the Company, the customer shall recompense the Company in full, to the current market value of any loss or damage.

5.2 The customer undertakes to be physically, emotionally and mentally prepared and fit to participate in the activities they have signed up for. Any resultant injury or discomfort borne out of any unfitness shall not provide any ground for complaint or refund.

5.3 The Company represented by any of its skippers, instructors or divemasters, may prohibit an individual’s participation on a dive(s), where they are physically, mentally or emotionally unfit to dive, demonstrate a distinct lack of respect for or handle/harm marine life, consume alcohol between dives, or fail to abide by general international safe diving standards and practices.

6.1 The Company reserves the right to modify, delay and/or cancel diving arrangements where the remoteness or inaccessability of the diving destination, local custom, Acts of Nature as well as war, political unrest and other hostilities or other technical difficulties cause the arrangements to become unsafe, perilous and/ or impracticable.

6.2 Where adverse weather conditions prevail, making it dangerous or inadvisable for the boat to travel, the Company shall reserve the right to delay or postpone sailing until more favourable conditions prevail. This may involve an adjustment to the itinerary, which may result in a cancellation of or change to dive site locations.

7.1.1 Dive trips – a 20% deposit per person must be paid on each dive trip before the booking can be taken.

7.1.2 Accommodation- a 50% deposit of the agreed price of the accommodation must be paid for the booking to be fully confirmed. Payment of the full amount must be paid 7 days before the stay is due.

7.2 The deposit is non-refundable where a cancellation for Dive Tours or a Private Charter is made less than 1 week before the time the trip or course is due to depart/commence.

8.1 The Company will refund all monies paid by the customer where the Company itself cancels a trip or course, other than for reasons set out above; the Company shall not accept any financial responsibility for any itinerary changes or cancellations resulting from circumstances outside of the Company’s control, such as, but not limited to, those stated above. In the case of a refund, bank transfer fees will be deducted from the refund.

8.2 If a customer requires emergency evacuation and the boat must return to land, the Company shall not accept any financial responsibility for any ensuing itinerary changes.

8.3 The outstanding balance for all Tours or Private Charters booked must be paid in full to the Company before the time the trip is due to commence

9.1 This contract shall be governed by, construed, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Ireland

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