I Own A Scuba Diving Shop! Why?

Posted on 06/20/13 5 Comments Why do I persist and keep trying to make a dive shop in Pattaya with a dive boat work? If anyone really knew all the problems with doing that and what it entails, then they would think I'm out of my mind!! Running a scuba diving operation is the farthest thing from business 101 as you can possibly get. It is an expensive hobby to have; and even more expensive to run!  You charge big money to your divers, but pay more.  To begin with, there are visas and work permits. There are secretaries, instructors, good captains and boat boys, cooks, maintenance people, transportation, and employee problems,  There is diesel to pay for (a big one), and compressor rebuilds and filter changes every week (another big one), and equipment maintenance, rent and electricity, insurance, coffee and tea, toilet paper, fresh water, and drinking water.   I’m definitely forgetting some things as there are many more things to worry about; and of course the most important thing, Beer... Seriously, we put through our dive operations system a lot of money, but little money stays behind. Why do I do it? I'll tell you why! It's because I get to influence so many people's lives and how they think about their whole life, through diving - Stop, Breath, Think then Act. That carries through all life, underwater or on land.  I have made soooooo.... many true friends through this " 'business', 'activity', 'life style' ", that I could simply not image myself anywhere else!!! Thanks to all of you!!

5 Comments

  1. Mei says:
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 1:05pm

    You did influence my life, remember what you said to me: nothing is a problem, only a little inconvenience. That’s why a girl who can’t swim got her both OW and AOW.
    Keep walking, we are following you!
    And next time let’s try twin tank!!!

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    • Robert Camp says:
      Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:02pm

      Hey Mei

      Sounds great!! We can set you up in slightly smaller twins and you’ll be able to keep diving for four hours!! We’ll have to relay dive buddies to make sure that you are not diving alone..:)

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  2. Murat says:
    Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11:19pm

    You are the instructor who gave to my ‘non swimming’ ‘goat’ AOW licence….

    You dont know but you save my ‘hobby’ life…

    Wishman

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  3. Boonyen says:
    Friday, June 21, 2013 at 7:26pm

    Don’t you dare ever quit!! The Adventure family would never forgive you!!!

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  4. Murat says:
    Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:55am

    Dear Robert

    Thanks to you first of all. 🙂

    P.S: I left one beer in your refrigarator. Keep it for me, we will enjoy together next time. -)

    Murat

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