• Price Target

    Scuba Instructors – Determining Your Prices

    There is one question I dread answering the most from prospective students. That question is, “What is the price of xyz class?“. The reason why I hate that question is because I know what the next question is, at least 90% of the time. That next question usually is “Why are your prices so much…
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    How to Easily Trim Your Dry Suit Seals

    If you are like many people out in the world that dive in all kinds of conditions, then most likely you own a dry suit. Dry suits allow scuba divers to add layers of materials underneath to keep warm, while keeping the water out (most of the time). This allows us to dive in cold water as our body isn’t busy warming the layer of water that flows through a wet suit. Instead, our bodies heat the layer of air in between us and the dry suit. Thus keeping us warm. Owning a dry suit is an investment. Not only are they more expensive than wet suits, but they require constant maintenance if they are to keep us toasty warm. One of the most common maintenance items is replacing the seals. If you dive as much as me, this is a process I do every other year. Once the seals are replaced, we must trim them in order for them to fit our necks and wrists properly. Here is an easy way to trim those latex (or silicon) seals. [Read more...]

    The Elite Scuba Instructor and Other Quackery, Part 1

    This is, after all, the internet and there is a slew of information out there. Some of it good and some of it not so good. When you are looking around for scuba related stuff, how do you know what is good information and how much is fluff? Much of the time, you don’t. In this multi-part series, I want to take a look at programs that exist in the scuba diving industry and help shed some light on them so you, the perspective customer, can make an informed decision. [Read more...]

    Should You Consider Taking a Fundamentals Clone Class?

    Recently, I was reminded of a conversation from a few years ago with a former supporter of mine. He referred to my Intro to Tech class as a GUE Fundamentals clone class. Back then, I didn’t know what to think of my class being called that. My first instinct was to take offense and defend the class I created. After all, I did put a lot of effort into creating a curriculum that I felt added value to my students diving careers. With hindsight always being 20/20, I look back and am quite content with my class being called a fundamentals “clone”. Lets explore my change in thought in some more detail. [Read more...]

    Why Rush Into It? Taking AOW Right After OW

    I’ve gotten many emails from people asking about what kind of time frame to take the Advanced Open Water course. Many people feel that taking AOW immediately after OW is a good idea. For a few people, it may be a good idea. However, for the majority of the diving public, this practice should be avoided. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people take AOW right after their OW course. [Read more...]