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About You and Rich Coast Diving...
Martin & Brenda van Gestel
My job function in the company:
Years in business:
About Rich Coast Diving:
Rich Coast Diving is the only PADI 5* CDC facility in Costa Rica. Besides the recreational PADI courses we also offer a wide range of PADI TEC courses. The center has the full package deal, IDC's, diving, snorkling and retail.
About You, "The Professional"...
How I was introduced to the professional diving industry:
We had just sold our restaurant on Curacao and decided to travel, instead we ended up buying a dive center as 2 advanced divers, so next logical step was going PRO.
What I like best about my job:
Words of wisdom for those starting their career in the diving industry:
It is a passion that will not make you rich, but you get to live a rich life.
Best way to keep a competitive edge:
Always be 1 step ahead and make sure you stay professional with a friendly attitude.
Biggest change I have seen in the professional diving industry since I started:
More variety in courses, more towards TEC and technologie, hence more advanced equipment.
About You, "The Person"...
Something you'd find on my bucket list:
Africa, India.... and more travel plans
What I am most proud of:
My achievement of being a small dive center and turning it in to one of the biggest with a CDC rating.
How I like to spend my free time:
Diving, reading, travelling, socializing.
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
My 5 dream Jeopardy categories:
Travel, Cooking, Diving, business, languages