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Retirement job driving dive boats?

Discussion in 'Becoming a Captain' started by 2airishuman, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    @Capt Jim Wyatt should chime in here.

    FWIW in the Keys, Scuba Instructors are a dime a dozen but captains are always in demand
     
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  2. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    And I don’t know many dive boat captains that aren’t instructors as well.

    It was a condition of my dive boat liability policy that I was certified and insured.
     
  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    Certified as an instructor? Wow. I had lots of encouragement to become a captain when I lived down there. Seeing Wookie on the job changed my mind. He makes it look so easy, so effortless. Yet, few captains come close to his level of care and devotion to duty. You should hear him talk about the "souls" he's responsible for. It can make the hair on your neck rise. I don't believe I could ever measure up to that, so I didn't even try.
     
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  4. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Mods: Make. This. Post. A. Sticky.
     
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  5. sea_ledford

    sea_ledford Captain

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    On smaller boats, being an instructor will probably be required if you are on a dive boat. If you go someplace tropical, there are a lot of other non-diving boat captains jobs, probably more than dive boats.

    I just have one skill that hasn't been mentioned; you have to be able to manipulate the passengers into going where you need to go, particularly in bad weather. They paid to go to spot A. Spot A is blown out and you know it. You'll do better if you can convince them that spot B is better, rather than just saying "We aren't going to spot A". This is particularly important if the water in front of the harbor is glass flat.

    -Chris
     
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  6. FreeFlyFreak

    FreeFlyFreak Solo Diver

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    Souls On Board

    SOB

    Just think of them like that and its fine, the pressure just disappears.
     
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  7. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    You've never been on a boat with @Wookie. If you aren't convinced by him, there's always Mel. But, since he doesn't mince words, you're always convinced bt @Wookie.
    Again, you've never been on the boat with the man or heard him talk about them.
     
  8. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Chris (sea_ledford) has been on with me many times.
     
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  9. sea_ledford

    sea_ledford Captain

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    There is only one Wookie. And to be fair, if you signed up for a Spree trip you knew what you were getting yourself into.

    If you can pull off the "my way or swim home" and still be charming about it, then more power to you. That rarely worked for me, I just came off looking like an ass when I tried. Of course with some pax being an ass is what they are asking for.
     
  10. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    I never felt manipulated by @Wookie and I trusted him because of it. He and Mel always had our best interests at heart and it showed. I still count sheets of toilet paper. :D
     
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