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About You and J&T Dive Shop...
My job function in the company:
Years in business:
About J&T Dive Shop:
We are a family run Scuba business with two generations working at the store. We are a full service company offering equipment, repair, education and travel.
To professionally educate the new diver as well as the diver who wants to continue their dive education. We strive to provide the best in customer service in the classroom as well as on the sales floor.
About You, "The Professional"...
How I was introduced to the professional diving industry:
My father started this business when I was about six months old so I have quite literally grown up in and around the business.
What I like best about my job:
I really enjoy helping a student get through that difficult skill whatever it may be and the look of amazement just makes me ready for the next challenge.
Words of wisdom for those starting their career in the diving industry:
Stay informed and challenge yourself to never stop learning in this industry. Keep an open mind when something new comes along whether it is equipment or a new way of teaching.
Best way to keep a competitive edge:
Sit in a class with the new instructor or veteran instructor to see how you all teach differently. You may just pick up on a new way of doing something. Never be afraid of trying something new. Attend DEMA and go to the meetings and talk with other people from other stores.
Biggest change I have seen in the professional diving industry since I started:
the biggest change I have seen in my years working in the store has to be the number of women and kids coming into the sport which makes this a true family sport. We have three generations in the water diving and exploring together.
My father would have to be my mentor. I have seen him have a lot of fun through the years teaching people the joys of making bubbles...
About You, "The Person"...
Something you'd find on my bucket list:
Swim with the whale sharks!!!
What I am most proud of:
My entire family making bubbles together.
How I like to spend my free time:
Diving with my wife and kids.
Life's a beach then you dive.
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I didn't learn to swim til I was 13 years old. Grew up with a pool in my back yard…
My 5 dream Jeopardy categories:
PADI, fresh water quarries, fresh water lakes of Arkansas, Types of coral, Caribbean Invertebrates