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About You and Kona Honu Divers, Inc....
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About Kona Honu Divers, Inc.:
Kona Honu Divers is locally owned and operated. From the moment you step into the shop or prepared to board boat, the "Honu One", you become part of our "ohana" or family. The 46' "Honu One" is a custom built dive boat. It is extremely seaworthy, reliable, and fast with a smooth rides. They offer a comfortable environment for passengers as we visit one of over 80 pristine dive sites that make the Kona coast such a great place to dive. Our custom dive boat has DAN oxygen units, first aid kits, and UNLIKE THE SMALL 6 pack boats, are coast guard inspected and approved. On a typical charter, you are one of 10 to 12 divers sharing our spacious vessels. This is less than 50% maximum capacity. There is lots of room for divers to "stretch out". The "Honu One" has marine heads or toilets, fresh water showers, dedicated camera table, rinse tanks, and lots of shade.
Here at Kona Honu Divers, we do our best to respect the environment and minimize the impact we have on it. We observe best practices in utilizing the current mooring system (no anchor drops in over 3 years!) and are actively taking part in several environmental agency attempts to self impose regulations for the benefit of the local reefs and to assure that the marine environment here in Kona will be sustained for the enjoyment of future generations for years to come.
About You, "The Professional"...
How I was introduced to the professional diving industry:
I was introduced to the industry through Myron Siciak of Elmer's Watersports, Evanston, IL and Larry Boucha of Scuba Systems, Skokie, IL.
What I like best about my job:
I like people and I have a passion for diving, no matter what the tasks may be.
Words of wisdom for those starting their career in the diving industry:
"Good advice for anyone wanting to be a a dive shop/charter boat operator. Take as many high school shop classes in the areas of machine shop, auto shop, machine shop drafting then onto a vocational program involving welding, compressor repair for high pressure compressors eg. Bauer or Nuvair breathing gasses, as many scuba classes in all agencies to instructor level, outboard motor repair or marine diesel mechanic classes, business and marketing classes, etc. You must also like to be a person who likes to work with people, things and ideas. If you do not want to work hard and work many hours think about another career. "
Best way to keep a competitive edge:
Keep marketing skills honed to perfection.
Biggest change I have seen in the professional diving industry since I started:
The ability of a person to obtain diving equipment on line without showing a certification card from any agency. Not good!
I have many, but the main mentors are the ones who allowed me the opportunity to learn in their businesses. The main mentors are: Larry Boucha of Scuba Systems, Skokie, IL Myron Siciak of Elmer's Watersports, Evanston, IL Dave Wetherald IDC Instructor of Dive Right in Scuba, Plainfield, IL.
About You, "The Person"...
Something you'd find on my bucket list:
More diving around the world.
What I am most proud of:
Starting a business from scratch with 2 tanks, 2 BCDs and 2 regulators to a business that employs 20 some staff in Kailua-Kona, HI.
How I like to spend my free time:
Diving, Travel, Skiing in Colorado with family, Swimming, going to see my children participating in Swimming Meets.
"Be Humble don't Grumble."
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
My life is an open book, just talk to me.