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I BLAME THE 99 DOLLAR SCUBA CLASS.

  • By management
  • 22 Oct, 2015

Quality Scuba Instruction- What is the true cost?

Recently quality of scuba instruction has been the hot topic with the staff at the shop. We have assisted a lot of divers recently trained by other shops who are frustrated and struggling to get comfortable with their skills to enjoy their new hobby. most are over weighted with a really poor understanding of trim and buoyancy. We even a a young lady wearing 25% of her body weight in lead because her instructor told her that's what she needed. Scary realizing when you consider the people training these folks knees in the mud and all rely on these people to continue in the sport for their livelihood.
I had a customer call this morning to rent cylinders for a weekend of fun filled diving when I asked what he would like for a desired mix he said well what do you think. Another nitrox class gone very wrong. So maybe I'm off base here and maybe I'm cynical but maybe those of us passing on years of knowledge skill and talent should make it a point to charge what we are worth place value in the the abilities of ourselves and the facilities we represent and do what we are good at making divers real ones, who can figure their mixes swim over the reef not walk on it and leave their body weight in lead at home in the garage.

By management 22 Oct, 2015

Recently quality of scuba instruction has been the hot topic with the staff at the shop. We have assisted a lot of divers recently trained by other shops who are frustrated and struggling to get comfortable with their skills to enjoy their new hobby. most are over weighted with a really poor understanding of trim and buoyancy. We even a a young lady wearing 25% of her body weight in lead because her instructor told her that's what she needed. Scary realizing when you consider the people training these folks knees in the mud and all rely on these people to continue in the sport for their livelihood.
I had a customer call this morning to rent cylinders for a weekend of fun filled diving when I asked what he would like for a desired mix he said well what do you think. Another nitrox class gone very wrong. So maybe I'm off base here and maybe I'm cynical but maybe those of us passing on years of knowledge skill and talent should make it a point to charge what we are worth place value in the the abilities of ourselves and the facilities we represent and do what we are good at making divers real ones, who can figure their mixes swim over the reef not walk on it and leave their body weight in lead at home in the garage.

By management 16 Oct, 2015
A dive shops air compressor is the heart of the business, or should be... We've had a lot of discussion at Depth Perception Dive Center about air compressors lately and that's what prompted this post. Our compressor is located in an enclosure behind our store. We made a conscious decision to put it there, because we didn't want the heat, noise, and the expense of having to soundproof the enclosure around the compressor, plus it gave us extra space inside the store. We can run   our compressor any time of the day as much as we need, some shops can't do that.  
Air Compressors that are used to produce breathing gas should use a non carbon based lubricating oil, or they should be. We use a vegetable based lubricating oil in ours which is quite expensive, by the way. This oil is manufactured specifically for use in compressors used to produce human breathing gas. The next time you stop by Depth Perception, ask, and we'll happily show you this oil, and even give you a tour of our fill station. We have nothing to hide.  
We have three inline filters between the compressor and fill whips. Do we need that many filters? Probably not, but we put safety first. We would rather be safe than sorry so to speak. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality breathing gas to the customer as we can produce. Keep in mind, if you can smell or taste your breathing gas, don't breath it, something is terribly wrong. Breathing gas should be very dry, with no smell or taste.  
Finally, your shop should have their compressor's output analyzed frequently by a independent laboratory. Depth Perception has our air tested every three months, and we post the results at our fill station for our customers to see. We want our customers to have the utmost confidence in our breathing gas. The safety and the well being of our customers demands it!  
So there you have it. I'm posting our latest certificate of inspection, we passed again... If you've never seen one of these, maybe you need to start asking some questions...
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