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Blackmail by 'professionals"?

Discussion in 'Business of Diving Institute' started by Indah, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
  2. Tug

    Tug ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Upstate NY
    The critical point here is that, with no experience at the said resort, you will badmouth them simply because they didn't cave to your extortion. Who the eff do you think you are? Just because you hold a card dosen't automatically elevate you to some supreme level. I would go head to head with you on skills and believe I would equal or surpass yours. Want to give it a try?

    I would book with this resort in a NY minute. I respect people who don't cave to pressure from those who feel entitled - often unjustifiably.
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  4. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: SoFlo
    :popcorn:Popcorn time. It’s getting good
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  5. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
    Dive off!!!
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  6. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
    The absolute worst diver I have ever encountered on a liveaboard was a "dive professional". Ignored dive briefings, went into deco, ran out of air, was in general a serious pain. Thought he could walk on water. Wouldn't take his recommendation on a beer let alone a holiday destination.

    Having a card and doing some instructing is a pretty low bar. Entitles you to ask for a discount - not getting one does not entitle you to dis an operator and I can tell you that if you do without having actually been to a resort and based only on the lack of a discount most people are going to figure you out pretty quickly. You're probably petty and vindictive in other areas of your life as well. You might consider that rather than an operator running a marginal operation and therefore being unable to offer a discount they might run a very successful operation that has no need to offer a discount to attract customers and you have missed out on a very special experience.

    I have been at this resort - not for a number of years but they ran a great operation when I stayed there.
  7. Indah

    Indah Barracuda

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Weda, Lembeh and Rao Morotai
    To make things maybe more clear, this was my full email:
    Thank you for your enquiry for our Divers Lodge Lembeh (since2002). Proud sister resort of Weda Resort (Halmahera) and Magic Bay Rao (Morotai). By staying in our resorts you directly contribute to our conservation and education projects.

    We would be proud to show you the best of Lembeh Strait in the best way. Which means that two of you would be diving with only an excellent private guide but no other guests. We do not have limits on dive-time, as long as it is safe. We offer Nitrox 32 here, tanks in several sizes and excellent rental gear. Further, you would be staying at the most beautiful location of Lembeh Island.

    Easy booking: we can keep a temporary reservation for you for seven days, without any obligation for you. This will give you time to purchase your flight-tickets. After this week we would like to receive a scan/copy of your flight-tickets by email. After receipt we will send an email to confirm your reservation with us. We do not ask for a deposit and you can cancel without any costs. You can pay when you check out: cash, by internet-banking or by credit card (CC +2%).

    To prevent the risk of fluctuations in the exchange rate, you can choose to pay a part or the full amount of your reservation when you make the booking. If you let us know for which part you would like to receive an invoice, we will send you a bill promptly and you will get a 10% discount on the due amount. Please note that there is never any refund of the in advance paid amount in case you cancel, for whatever reason.

    Tupai and Paniki are still available at the moment. Eco Resort - Divers Lodge Lembeh - Lembeh Strait

    We do not offer packages other than according to your preferences. You can decide to make a reservation for the transfers and accommodation only, and decide on the dives once you are here. For example, many of our guests highly enjoy the self-guided dives at our house-reef. The price per dive, per person is only IDR 100.000/USD 7, -.

    If you prefer, you can also let us know what you would like to pre-book and pre-pay, and you would receive a discount of 10% over that part of your reservation: Prices and Booking - Divers Lodge Lembeh - Lembeh Strait

    We do not offer special discounts for Instructors, KITAS holders or Indonesian citizens. I never really understood why we should? The only reason people always give me is: others do it too.

    The internet connection is excellent here. There is WiFi in the restaurant/lounge and we have a back-up too. Telkomsel offers 4G. Of course we are happy to arrange all transfers with our own cars/drivers and boat for you: How to Get Here - Divers Lodge Lembeh - Lembeh Strait

    Please have a thorough look at our website as well and let me know if there is other information you need.

    We hope we may welcome you here at Divers Lodge Lembeh.

    Would you anyway please be so kind to confirm the receipt of this email?

    Best regards,

    Rob Sinke
  8. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    Thanks for the info.
  9. Dan

    Dan Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    You already offered him 10% discount & then he asked you for another 10%?
  10. LiteWeight

    LiteWeight Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lafitte, LA
    I am the former owner of a dive shop and quarry. Some of the worst divers I have seen, and customers I've dealt with, have been dive 'professionals' that think the very rules that they teach to students do not apply to them. Nor do industry standards and recommended practices.
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