No. You only need to own your own personal equipment, Mask, Snorkel, Boots, Fins, Gloves and Hood. This equipment needs to fit you and you will continue to use as your journey in scuba diving progresses. We supply you with the rest of the equipment that you need to learn to dive. Some people choose to purchase everything when they start to learn to dive and we can assist you with this as well.
This will depend entirely on you and your schedule. Most programs are conducted over several weekends and a few week nights and most people can complete an open water program in as few as 6 total days. It can take longer if you don’t have as much time to dedicate to the program or you have chosen additional training with your Open Water Program. Ultimately it depends on you and your schedule.