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Tipping your dive master

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by R A Diver, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. R A Diver

    R A Diver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Sugar Grove, North Carolina
    In the next three months I will be diving in new areas. Received my C-Card in December. Will be certified in wreck, deep, boat and nitrox in May.
    This summer I will be spending the month of July in Durham NC while my wife goes to Duke University. I am working through some shops to find someone to dive with, not just a buddy, but someone who can work with improving my skills, i.e. a dive master.
    What is a proper tip for a dive master. I will mostly be using quarries near the area and hopefully at least one trip off the NC Coast.
    Help would be appreciated.
    Robert, A Diver

    JPENDERGRAST Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Memphis, TN
  3. Jupiter31

    Jupiter31 Loggerhead Turtle

    If you are looking for this type of commitment from a dive professional - and a DM is - you are likely looking at fee, vs a "tip" which is voluntary.

    I'd speak with some shops, as you are doing, get some recommendations, and speak with those persons to make sure you are on the same page, and work out whatever arraingments you mutually decide.

    If you are contemplating an offshore trip - a good idea IMO - you should be prepared to pay that persons expenses as well as whatever fee he/she charges.

    You could also get recommendations for a "retired" instructor (perhaps one not currently teaching classes) but who is still an active diver.

    Be prepared in any case to sign a legal waiver.

    You could also seek advice on this board; there is a section under "Dive and Travel Clubs" for the Southeastern US.
  4. Jupiter31

    Jupiter31 Loggerhead Turtle


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