Posted by Bat Ray on September 17, 2004 at 11:02:15:
In Reply to: Crew Tipping - from One Crew Member's Perspective posted by Second Fiddle on September 17, 2004 at 09:40:59:
Just a thought, why not build a tip into the boat fee? Reefseekers' overseas trips already factor this into the price. I prefer that system personnaly. If I'm paying say $120 for a one day trip out to San Clemente, and I'm going to tip $10-20 anyway, I would pay $140 too and not have to worry about the tip afterwards. Assuming it's the service I experienced on my last trip on board the Encore of course. The guarantee of larger tips would keep the good service coming and would likely attract and keep better crews. I know there have been times when I left only $5 bucks becuase I didn't have the extra cash on me. My mistake but it hurts the crew. Over the years there have been times when I've rushed off the boat in a hurry to get somewhere and forgot to tip at all! This method eliminate things like that are the problem of one person throwing in a tip for their group of 3 or 4 divers, which I think happens a lot. If you don't like the system or you're the macho diver that does not want or need this added luxury then you can give you business to the other boats.
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