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Splash Dive Center


Proud DEMA Member for 3 Years! 
(703) 823 7680
4154 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
janet@splashdivecenter.com
 


About You and Splash Dive Center...

My name:
Janet Hays

My job function in the company:
Owner

Years in business:
9 years

About Splash Dive Center:
Located close to the Pentagon, the Naval Research Lab, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office and more, Splash combines SCUBA and snorkeling equipment retail, rental, dive travel with training.

Business mission/values:
When female and male students are outfitted with great fitting wetsuits, BCDs, masks and fins and easy to use dive computers great dives happen.
 

About You, "The Professional"...

How I was introduced to the professional diving industry:
Trying to escape the Y2K insanity in the telecom industry, I took a Caribbean cruise and got away from my cell phones at 40 feet underwater and discovered great sea life was much more rewarding.

What I like best about my job:
One day I meet a gal who tells me she is a scientist who just got a fabulous grant to do some research across the globe, and the next day I meet a guy who just got back from Afghanistan and is treating himself with an underwater adventure. When I can send them off with the very best gear that fits them and meets the conditions they will be diving in, and then when I get to see the photos and videos of their experiences, it's all worthwhile.

Words of wisdom for those starting their career in the diving industry:
Get the best gear you can when you begin investing even if it means renting more, so you don't replace pieces multiple times during the course of your training.

Best way to keep a competitive edge:
Listen to your customers when they tell you where they want to take their diving experiences.

Biggest change I have seen in the professional diving industry since I started:
Getting more sizes of gear for women.

Mentor:
I have incorporated pieces of wisdom from Henry Johnson, Buddy Brown, Ashley Tindall and Annie Crawley.
 

About You, "The Person"... 

Something you'd find on my bucket list:
Christine Zenato's shark tonic immobility course, the Arenui and Komodo Dragon.

What I am most proud of:
The number of women that have stayed with Splash continuing beyond basic open water certification.

How I like to spend my free time:
Gardening.

Favorite quote:
Carpe diem; don't assume that you're ever going to have another chance to tell someone what wonderful things diving can do for your life.

Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I have an artificial left knee and am a colon cancer survivor.

My 5 dream Jeopardy categories:
Who has time to watch Jeopardy?

 
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