The response to my recent Undercurrent blog posting (about stupid rules) from so many readers left me chuckling at their own experiences with nit-picking nonsensical rules enforced by the “village idiots” that somehow end up as divemasters or instructors. I’ve enjoyed reading your input and am cheered to know so many of you share my … Read more
It’s fairly indisputable that we can’t create a diving consumer until we at least get him or her into an entry-level training program. Let’s face it, golfers and tennis players don’t buy many wetsuits, regulators or dive computers. The new market for diving instruction is a different breed of cat in many ways. Frequently, they … Read more
In the July issue of Undercurrent, you may have read the “Death of a Shark Diver, Redux” story. In the last part, Vanessa Richardson wrote about a French snorkeler in the Red Sea who bled to death from an oceanic whitetip’s bite. It most likely happened because two safari boats had been feeding sharks in … Read more
People are now eating manta rays. That right, those lovely creatures you spend thousands of dollars to dive with in the Revilligado Islands, Yap and the Maldives. It’s all because shark populations are crashing.
As we watch the sunset at the end of a day’s diving, how many of us delight in ordering the fresh local grouper? Or snapper? Or lobster? And then decry the declining population of critters on the reef before we’ve even digested our meal.
I was recently privileged to be invited on a press trip to the British Virgin Islands. They wanted us to get the best material we could for the articles we were to produce and did nothing to obstruct that. All the operators, that is, except one. …
Dive operators have to keep many of their clients, some of whom have very little or infrequent diving experience, on a short leash. However, the art of dealing with people in what is predominantly a people business is to accurately assess first who you are dealing with.