Posted by tleemay on November 13, 2001 at 18:28:15:
In Reply to: Re: Nitrox diving in Southern California....not profitable??????? posted by Chris on November 13, 2001 at 18:01:36:
The numbers for turning a profit after the capitol
costs involved to put in a NITROX system will not
begin turning books red to even grey until a diving
community collectively acknowleges it's a safer gas,
get certified for it, and demand it's availability.
There are shops and clubs from N.CA that will
regularly charter with boats that pump EANX or
provide the pre-filled tanks in advance.
In Florida, the apps of EANX is as common as air,
that is you can get both at most any shop out there.
Granted there is a much larger local and tourist
certified base there, and that is what is driving
the EANX idealogy here in SoCal. It does cost more
per fill, but I feel that the extra $3 over and
above a regular fill is worth having the proper
gas for the proper depth in the first place (taking
and issue out of the equation in the first place,
before it becomes a problem). When I dive the Peace
and Lois Ann, I use the best gas available for the
dives at hand - and it's usually EANX, if not
trimix for the deeper beyond a 100' END.
If EANX wasn't at least breaking even for boats
on the overall dollar spent for providing x days
of diving, why are Eric, Woody, and even whatizname
continuing to provide/pump on their boats? Was it
too much of a cap to swallow in the first place and
therefore thay are just sticking it out? Or are
they really providing a cost added value service
that their customer's acknowlege and use?
Talk to people who dive and ask them this
If you were nitrox certified, would you want and
use if for the appropriate dives planned if the
boat provided it?
Then ask them the same question and add the lines;
What if you received all your nitrox training and
nitrox tank fills for free - would that change (Their)
mind on the issue?
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