The Commercial Diver Network
Ok Crew, Im at it again. TIme for divers to stand up and stand out! I have been working on this for awhile. The only way we can retake this industry is to re write the standards being taught. I am looking for former NAVY, ARMY, COAST GUARD, and MARINE DIVING Instructors to assist in creating a real world diver training program.
256-312-9503, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
No smart ass comments, please no student or rookie comments at this time. Sr. Divers and former instructors ONLY.
National Polytechnics dive school closed down in LA harbor, California and they are stuck with a fully outfitted training barge with double lock chambers etc.
used to be know as College of Oceaneering.
You do know that to make a little money with a dive school you must first start with a lot.
I started in this business after I retired from the Navy in 1975. I worked for Santa Fe Underwater Engineering in Houma, LA. Didn't like the Gulf, so I came to work at a commercial dive school in Seattle. I have taken a few sabaticals and worked for inland companies. Come July I will have been here 36 years, so I do know a little about Dive schools. I've seen them come and go. Everyone seems to think the ADCI is an association for divers, it is not. It is for the Contractors as the name implys. I have found over the years, divers do not stick together. They are out for themselves. If the divers want representation then they should look into a union. It works out here in Seattle. Starting a school takes a lot of money. It will be several years before financial aid can be applied for. You have to be accredited by a nationally recognized agency. I know what makes a school go and what doesn't. I know what students need and what they don't. A person goes into business to make money. So it is with a school. You have to run it as a business, not something that is out to put an outfit out of business. Think of the students first, then figure a way around the agency you are fighting. Jiust about everything the ADCI prints is Public Domain. Anyone can use it, as there is no copywrite attached. Let me know if you want to discuss this further. You can reach me at email@example.com or 425-923-7810.
Thanks Willy, Ill be in touch soon.
I am glad after the Navy I was a student of Sly, he is the most knowledgeable dive instructor or diver my sorry bubbleass has had the pleasure of meeting, and I met a s***load, Mikey Thorton was another great instructor I had, but different "diving" and if Sylvester ever comes to the Philippines for vacation, the beer is on me. Had to put that out Willie, payback for finals where you gave me a mild heart attack. Because of Willy, I survived 6 companies in the gulf, my own small dive company and over 4000 logged dives. Some short some not. But his knowledge kept me safe. I thank you sir.