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What’s the Price of an Air Fill? Pretty Cheap

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There's a considerable cost to dive shops for providing air, but they price it all over the place, based on different marketing strategies. To update the air-fill prices they researched back in 2007, Dive Center Business recently surveyed dive shops nationwide and received answers from 397 of them. They found that what one dive shop in Seattle charges may be drastically higher than what another one in Sarasota charges.

The average price for a standard air fill is $6.75, and a standard nitrox fill averages $12.75. Hawaii dive shops charge the least for air fills, a cheap $4.68. In the Continental U.S., dive shops in the Southeast typically charge the lowest for air and Nitrox fills, at $6.06 and $11.14, respectively, while those next door, in the South Central area (New Mexico to Louisiana), have the highest average cost for both, at $7.42 and $13.72, respectively. Overall, the typical U.S. dive shop fills 2,195 tanks per year, with 19 percent of those being Nitrox fills....

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