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How old is too old to start a career in diving?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by lisagreen01, May 5, 2018.

  1. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Like most people who are gung-ho to start a "career" in diving she's probably already burned out, dropped out, and is now working at McDonald's and making far more money.
     
  2. cerich

    cerich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    oh bull, left the Canadian Military at 28, 5 years in Cayman as an instructor. Another 20 years in the States in the dive industry. I think it is fair to say that I have enjoyed a career in the dive industry and i am not the only one.

    The problem is not that you can't make a career in the dive industry, the problem is that too many don't want a career, they want a paid vacation with a card that says they are a "Professional" when a dive instructor card is to the dive industry what a High School diploma is to every other industry..and they don't call them "pro's".

    If someone wants the divemaster lifestyle diving everyday then the odds are low they will make much, because they aren't worth much in pay for a variety of reasons. There are ways to make great money doing it however but it will actually take more skills than being a dive instructor/master to positioning their selves to make more. Very few figure that out.
     
  3. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well said. Indeed, there are a few who figure this out. They are the bedrock of the industry and I am so very thankful that they have built the businesses that they have. Unfortunately the vast majority have no clue how to make it work and end up burned out and off onto something else.
     
  4. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I retired as a C-level exec of a Fortune 500 after 30 years and began my second career working for $11/hr in a LDS. Far less than any employee in my old company. The hours, benefits and perks were a tad better in corporate life - SCUBA is a fun avocation but as a career? Tough row to hoe. No instructor in our store is full-time. This is a strictly sideline activity.
     
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  5. NothingClever

    NothingClever Manta Ray

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    That’s hero status right there.

    I’m still on the front end of a retirement transition (1.5 years out) hoping I can smoothly adjust my definition(s) of success. Mentally I’ve accepted an inevitable decrease in pay and responsibility but I’m not sure I’ve emotionally accepted it yet.
     
  6. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

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    Sounds very similar to my previous career and subsequent progression / regression into diving for a living. The big plus for me is going home physically tired and happy rather than mentally tired and miserable.
     
  7. Blasto

    Blasto Solo Diver

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    That's how you become a millionaire dive pro!


    Building dive gear or managing a piece of PADI?

    Usually people looking for a "diving career" are looking for one where their job is actual diving, and that, sadly, starts to decline right at the DM->OWSI level.
     
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  8. cerich

    cerich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Georgia
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    A wide mix https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-e-richardson-75561345/

    People that are looking for a "diving career" where they hang on a boat in the tropics and dive every day are generally not in fact in any way looking for a "career". They may think they are, they are mostly not understanding what the dive industry is, nor what a career is.
     
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  9. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
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    Yeah that's it. Yes, some instructors make a fairly good living-- even some that just teach and do nothing else such as retail, etc. There are also a handful of musicians in the top symphonies.
     
  10. Blasto

    Blasto Solo Diver

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    It is of course their own mistake... but you can't deny that certain dive agencies and zero-to-hero programs are selling exactly that as a dream.

    Where they stop short is telling their customers that the career is selling that dream.
     

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