|What's happening to the dive industry?|
Posted by Eric S on September 05, 2008 at 20:08:10:|
I've been pondering this question for a while.
"What's going on with the dive shops and the dive industry in
The local dive shops (LDS) are one of the very last businesses to enjoy a 100% mark up on products. Not all, but most things in the store are doubled in price from what they paid.
Let's rewind back to the days when diving started. I wasn't diving then, but I have heard enough stories and accounts of how things were to scratch my head and wonder what went wtrong.
It seems like I'm seeing an autumn in the dive industry. Shops are slowing down and drying up.
Answer: My buddy bought a compressor and fills nitrox for us. Reason: our LDS refuses to get into nitrox.
So, does this mean some day if things keep on as they are that you'll need to know someone with a compressor or get on a dive boat to dive?
Is this what diving has come to, underground scuba?
The dive industry is alive and well, just not in the stagnant LDS's of the 80's and 90's. It's gone underground. Just look around at some of the gear people are using. Lot's of it you won't find in an LDS.
They had their chance but I'm afraid it's probably too late.
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