Posted by Carlos Linares on October 08, 2012 at 22:18:45:|
In Reply to: Dive CA posted by Captain Tim on October 08, 2012 at 18:53:32:
I haven't been around as long as a lot of the people on this board, but I think I can respond to this point from a few perspectives.
As just another diver:
Boats and Casino Point are fundamentally different places to dive. Quite frankly, I like them both for different reasons. Sometimes it's nice to be on a boat and be able to get to some neat places not accessible from shore. I like watching the dolphins ride the bow and the occasional whale encounter. I like having a warm meal waiting for me. Other times, I like doing a full dive and not have to rush because the 12 OW students between me and the gate are about to block my access to the water. I like not getting the stink eye from the crew because I dared a 60 minute dive. It's also nice being able to do a deeper profile first instead of being dropped in the same 30' spot of sand as last week time and time again. Most of the time, I'm not picky about what I eat... but it's nice to have a choice from time to time. Lucky for me, there are options and I get to dive depending on my mood that day.
As someone that knows a little how our local charters and shops operate together and likes free enterprise:
You are comparing what an "open boat" charges (i.e. the only one making a profit is the boat owner/operator) with what shops and other groups charge when they organize a trip and try to make some profit. That's not apples to apples and isn't a good comparison.
Lastly, what makes you the arbiter for someone's profit? You don't get to determine what other people in the industry charge. The customers do.