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Indoor Scuba Waterpark

Discussion in 'Pennsylvania / New York / New Jersey' started by Paradocs1111, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    On paper this a wonderful idea. The startup cost would astronomical. Then you have the constant upkeep with the marine life.

    I do not know if you would ever see a proper ROI unless you got creative with the marketing and were able to rent the pool system out for other things such as PSD training, Underwater CSI training, etc.
     
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  2. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

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    Laser tag?
     
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  3. Diver4242

    Diver4242 Angel Fish

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    They have that, it's called Living Seas in Orlando/Disney :) Similar concept though, and a pretty cool dive. I've been trying to talk Stu at Dutch Springs into doing this. But of course, the ROI isn't there, and the amount of capital (as others have said) to do something like this is off the charts.
     
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  4. Paradocs1111

    Paradocs1111 Angel Fish

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    Thanks Everyone, now I just need to win the Lottery.
     
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  5. flymolo

    flymolo DIR Practitioner

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    I'd go. When do you break ground?
     
  6. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Ditto...do it!
     
  7. Saboteur

    Saboteur Regular of the Pub

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    Awesome idea....if Nemo 33 and the Y40 pool can succeed I would suspect a similar venue in the USA would.
     
  8. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    Will never work as a stand alone attraction. But as a side attraction it might work. Economics say it won't ever break even. Best to find something already existing and adapt it. There was a shop that bought an old building in the Midwest that had huge tanks used for testing sonar buoys. Something like that as a starting point.
     
  9. dogbone

    dogbone Nassau Grouper

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    What about something like Bonne Terre Mine

    It's in essence I giant pool, constant temp year round...
     
  10. Carlos Danger

    Carlos Danger Manta Ray

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    I think a lot of people would enjoy having access to such a facility, myself included. That said, I'm not sure how often I would go there after the initial novelty wore off; especially if it were cost prohibitive. I can't image that the upfront investment and ongoing overhead would ever be offset in a way that would make a large operation profitable or even sustainable in the longer term, unless maybe if it were part of some much larger enterprise.

    Obviously this is not quite the same thing, but in the interim the experience might provide you some real-world insights regarding scale and high-level requirements for that type of endeavor (fish not included):

    Dive with Gentle Giants Encounter & Experience | Georgia Aquarium

    Rebreather Dive Program | Georgia Aquarium
     
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