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February 2008    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 34, No. 2   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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We Want Your Tips About Tipping

from the February, 2008 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

We’re doing an article on good, bad and just plain unusual tip policies. Do you know a liveaboard, dive resort or scuba operator with such policies?

For example, diver George Coughlin was on an Indonesian liveaboard that had two tip boxes, one for the dive managers and an Indonesian dive guide, and another tip box for the other 25 members of the Indonesian crew. “The dive manager told me the latter wanted it that way. But it just seemed that the crew weren’t viewed as important as the others,” says Coughlin.

In what situations have you been glad to tip -- or outright refused to do so? Furthermore, how much do you tip? To whom, and on what basis? As traveling divers, we need to share this important information because on dive trips running at $1,000 to $3,000, tips can become a big hunk of expenses. So how do you tip? Send your comments to

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