In HCMC you can start your dive course with Rainbow Divers. They have 5 dive schools throughout Vietnam: HCMC, Nha Trang, Whale Island, Phu Quoc and Con Dau. You can do your academics and pool sessions at the school in HCMC and do your Open Water dives at one of their dive schools on the coast. The course is 420 dollars including the dives on the coast. Rainbow can take care of your travel arrangments and hotel. E-mail Claudia for more information: claudia@divevietnam.com