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Retirement job driving dive boats?

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

  1. DanaHunt

    DanaHunt DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Watertown, NY
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    I didn't read the good because the bad was so on.
     
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  2. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Florida
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    There is a lot of good to be had running a charter dive boat. Good people, beautiful scenery, and a job that most people dream about. Just remember that that's just the good though. There is always a trade off as has been previously mentioned.

    Now, I know I said that I'd probably not run another charter again, but...if I did...

    It would be a big 6-pack boat that was paid off. I would primarily cater to certification classes (they have an instructor) or a locals only (trusted divers) charter type thing.

    Students can be great charters. Normally students are very excited about where they are going and they don't know that there are way better sites than those that you have to take them to for their training so they aren't disappointed with the training site. Instructors are there to keep things moving smoothly and if you have a good relationship with the instructors the trips can be as easy as any Caribbean charter, even in the northern gulf. Lastly, if you find students that have good self awareness on the boat and in the water you can always add them to the local divers list that get to go to the better spots.

    To make this happen, I would have to have a retirement income that supported me plus the occasional extra expense that the boat threw my way. The boat would have to be paid for and running it would have to be more of a hobby than a job. The boat's license would be used primarily for the cheap fishing license that is available to charter boats. Basically the charters would only be there to pay for the upkeep on a boat and maybe some "free" diving.

    Pie in the sky dreams, but if I were to get back into the boat thing those would be my goals for running the boat.

    If anyone has any idea of how to achieve that, let me know. I missed out on the GameStop purchase...:wink:
     
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  3. Pressurehead

    Pressurehead ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Queensland Australia
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    I have been a dive boat Coxswain, also an owner skipper of my own charter boat as well.
    Most of the above happened at some point, the part about the backward roll and giant stride is valid, and the lazy p***** wanting you to do the heavy lifting also, Divers with patches, pins, hats etc is not seen often here in Australia, we are not shy at telling people they are "tools" [read, wankers] if they do.
    The only thing different in Australia is nobody tips.
     
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  4. Deepsea5

    Deepsea5 Former Public Safety Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Maine, USA
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    45
    If I were to do the dive boat captain thing, Ghost95s above post is probably the avenue I would pursue.
     
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  5. DanaHunt

    DanaHunt DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Watertown, NY
    449
    132
    I run a 6 pack. Sincerely less stress than observed on bigger boats. I occasionally take a mate. Otherwise I am alone. One time I was tied up to a wreck and a passing boat hit me and ran directly over top of my divers surfacing. No one was hurt. I was doing everything I could to stop the incoming vessel from their course.

    It's not your skills you always need to be on the lookout for.. its the other jerks too!
     
  6. Deepsea5

    Deepsea5 Former Public Safety Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Maine, USA
    52
    45
    Yep...Last Summer our lake was the busiest I've ever seen it. Even at night. Counted 24 out during one night.
    Most of them must not understand their throttle levers have more than 2 options: idle or wide open throttle. Some of their "captains" behavior was just a tad questionable; especially at night. Luckily there were no known boating accidents on this lake during that season.
     
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  7. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
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    5,660
    Same plan for a 6 pack here. If I consistently break even after boat and insurance expenses that'll be great.

    But otherwise my charter aspirations are a way to continue to "dive" and pass on what I know locally into my silver haired years. With instructors & their students hopefully graduating to "trusted locals".
     
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  8. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Looks like you've really put some thought into this potential endeavour.
     

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