What service merits a tip?

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Posted by Ken Kurtis on July 28, 2006 at 16:22:03:

OK, here's an even bigger hot-button question:

What are the types of things a crew should/will do that merit a tip? What are the things you expect them to do and what ones are just part of doing their job?

Those of you who are divers: What do you think the routine duties of the crew are (as relates to you - not pulling the anchor and stuff like that) that you expect as part of their noraml doesn't-derservea-tip job? What are the things they can do that you would consider above-and-beyond the call of duty and would merit a tip?

Crew people: Same questions. What are your expected duties? What things have you done for divers in the past that you think should have merited a tip (whether you got one or not)?

I think the answers might be interesting. I've been on boats where the crews thought they were providing top-drawer service and the passengers felt they were being ignored. Be curious to see what you all think is expected and what's not.

Ken Kurtis
NAUI INstr. #5936
Co-owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
Beverly Hills, CA

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