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Is possible to be sponsored by manufacture company?

Discussion in 'Q and A for Scuba Manufacturers' started by feluca83, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. feluca83

    feluca83 Garibaldi

    Hi all,

    Sorry but i'm not sure if this is the right section for this post.
    I also apologize for any errors, but English is not my first language.
    I'm a committee member of a club in Australia and i'm also one of the instructors. For the privacy i would prefer to not say the name publicly.
    As dive club we cannot sell equipment, But many students asked info where to buy gear and also which gear to buy (mostly Open Water students).
    Legally the club cannot sell the equipment, but as instructor i have the right to advice brands or dive shop where to buy gear.
    I was thinking is there any way to be sponsored by dive company such as aqualung, mares, apex, cressi, hollis etc?
    Does someone received equipment at low cost or no cost (or to test) with the obligation to promote that particular brand?
    Or have a shop performing discount for me inorder to sell this gear to my students?
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    yes and no. Many are psuedo sponsored by different companies, but these are big name technical divers usually, Martin Robson, Paul Heinerth, Jill Heinerth, Jeff Loflin, Edd Sorenson, Harry Averill, etc. Most manufacturers have a pro diver program where you basically get to buy at dealer cost, generally about half of retail if you aren't associated with a shop that is a dealer for whatever company. I'm not sure about those specific brands as I don't work with them, but it is worth calling the regional reps and talking to them.

    You may be able to partner with a local dive shop that you guys use for fills and work out a deal where they sponsor you with equipment they sell and you promote it to your students.
  3. feluca83

    feluca83 Garibaldi

    thanks for your answer Tbone1004 :wink:
    i will try contact a local dive shop.

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