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PADI was sold to Mandarinfish Holding: Who really owns PADI?

Discussion in 'Business of Diving Institute' started by Darcy Kieran, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. StefinSB

    StefinSB Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    Everything sounded good until you mentioned MBA ...... ;-)
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  2. Darcy Kieran

    Darcy Kieran Business of Diving Institute

    I agree :wink:
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  3. Darcy Kieran

    Darcy Kieran Business of Diving Institute

    Great to hear! Thanks! I'll be in touch.
  4. Darcy Kieran

    Darcy Kieran Business of Diving Institute


    I am no longer on the board of directors at DEMA and... I failed. Sorry. The force of inertia is huge inside that organization - and the industry.
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  5. ofg-1

    ofg-1 Course Director

    SCUBA. A business where anyone can spend thousands to make hundreds.
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  6. 500 PSI

    500 PSI Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tallahassee Florida
    Scuba business are most at risk from a decline in having divers to enjoy top quality dive sites throughout the world. The very best dive sites are more very remote, extraordinarily difficult to reach, and too costly for a vast majority of scuba lovers to dive. Scuba business must join with environmentalists to help fund efforts to reduce and eliminate the severe sea pollution and stop the continuing degradation of the oceans.

    Dr. Silva Earl,one of the greatest research oceanographers in the world today, has been somewhat successful in creating some underwater preserves and continues work to to establish more. Her comments must be understood by those in the scuba business who can offer their support, add political direction to the powers that be, which will ultimately benefit them and many scuba future scuba customers. Dr. Earl is our advocate and outspoken. "The ocean is large and resilient, but it is not too big to fail. What we are taking out of the sea, what we are putting into the sea are actions that are undermining the most important thing the ocean delivers to humankind – our very existence. No ocean, no life. No blue, no green. No ocean, no us. Just as we have the power to harm the ocean, we have the power to put in place policies and modify our own behavior in ways that would be an insurance policy for the future of the sea, for the creatures there, and for us, protecting special critical areas in the ocean". A mission of scuba businesses is not just to make money to stay in business, but to help save our oceans. support and aid in creating more pristine ocean preserves for all to enjoy.
  7. Thommygunz

    Thommygunz Dive Charter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Washington DC
    I'm posting to this thread in hopes that anyone can provide some additional insight to me opening up a dive shop overseas, probably in Asia somewhere. Maybe Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, or Vietnam. Right now I am looking to find out who and where to buy wholesale dive equipment from, insurance, advice on boat charters, or even buying a boat, etc. In my experience currently am a banker and have previously run a courier company and a few bars and restaurants. My hope is to transition into founding a good, safe, customer service oriented dive shop and would welcome any and all advice to do this. Thank you in advance.
  8. chrispscott

    chrispscott Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Chicago, IL
    I just finished Al Tillman's memoir and he referred to the Aqualung as a bubble machine as well. It tickles me to see someone else from that generation of divers refer to it as such as well.
  9. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    I just finished Al Tillman's memoir and he referred to the Aqualung as a bubble machine as well. It tickles me to see someone else from that generation of divers refer to it as such as well.
    The "Aqualung" arrived in the US in December 1948 via an article by the late James Dougan . In his article IYC wanted the activity to be called "Cousteau Diving.'"

    A year later in February 1949 the first instruction manual was published identified the activity as "Aqua Lung diving"

    When Rene established Rene sports his pamphlet that accompanied every unit sold was called Aqua lung
    In California we called it Lung diving with a Bubble Machine
    hope this clarifies the term for you

    Al Tillman and I were contemporaries and good friends for many years - I am briefly mentioned in one or both his books. While he and Zale were writing the book we often chatted about a specific point, since I have the worlds largest and most complete private dive library that documents the history of diving via books and/or magazines.
    MBA.. Masters of Business administration
    College degrees are often admired but also baffling to those who did not acquire them. They represent a tremendous amount of work and often a great financial burden

    My wife has a MBA as well as Doctorate from USC in finance- She was a college president
    Daughter #2 has a doctorate from USC - Via a scholastic scholarship She is the CEO of an international company which she founded
    (no we did NOT bribe any one $$$$ for acceptance )
    Daughter #1 has a doctorate in computer science- she is retired
    Son Sam IV had a doctorate in medicine with a 4 year post doc in ER and 2 year fellowship in Hyperbaric med, He is currently Director of ER at a regional hospital

    Add all of this together and it makes for an interesting holiday dinner conversation- nothing more nothing less
    Now you know..

    I admire and applaud @Darcy Kieran for applying his education and many talents to the dive industry- Many many years ago we as a family decided we would apply our talents else where and recreational diving would be a family activity. We became interested observers as well as active participants for now approaching 75 years

    It has been "Interesting"

    (Dr) Sam Miller, 111
  10. muzikbiz22

    muzikbiz22 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Southern California
    Profound statement considering this weeks scandal
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