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About You and Twin Dolphins Diving ...
My job function in the company:
Owner and SDI Instructor Trainer
Years in business:
Beginning year 13!
About Twin Dolphins Diving:
Twin Dolphins Diving is located in beautiful Evergreen, CO. We are a full service, Five Star SDI Instructor Training Facility. Our goal is to have divers, old and new, join us in our passion for safe and fun diving. There are 13 Dive Instructors, 2 Assistant Instructors and 1 Dive Master who provide excellent, individualized, instruction through Twin Dolphins Diving. We also have a great Jr. Diver program, Scuba Travel and medical professionals to teach SDI Scubility to disabled divers.
Goal(s) for 2013:
Increase Dive Travel Move to a new location and expand Hold an IDC and also a DiveMaster and Asst Instructor Course.
Greatest achievement in 2012:
When my first husband passed away from lung cancer I wasn't sure I'd find another dive buddy. I remarried in Sept, 2012 and certified my new husband in November and HE LOVES TO DIVE!!!
About You, "The Professional"...
What I find most rewarding about my job:
Sharing my passion with other people who might come in with a casual interest. Taking that casual interest and turning it into a passion for them as well. I also find it rewarding to teach Junior Divers and watch them grow and develop and become interested in the ecosystems and the marine biology.
What I am most proud of (professionally):
I'm most proud of the great staff that I've either trained and acquired and their commitment to teaching excellent divers.
Greatest piece of business advice I ever received:
1. Get a good spreadsheet and pos software and keep your inventory up to date (not that I've always followed this advice, but it's good advice!) 2. Hire the best people and keep them happy!
Where I see myself and/or business in 5 years:
Bigger and better than we are. I will be in my late 60's by then and hope to be doing a lot more diving and trips and spending less time in the shop!
About You, "The Person"...
Favorite place to dive:
1. Cozumel 2. Palau 3. Cayman Islands
Most memorable dive experience:
There are two and they have to do with my favorite places to dive: First, seeing a turtle with a 5 foot shell lying in the sand on the bottom on Paseo del Cedral in Cozumel and having her look over her shoulder at us and not move, but just watch us as we praised her beauty! Second, seeing the giant clams in Palau and diving Jellyfish Lake and Blue Corner!!
"Celebrate your existence!" I add, " Learn to Dive!" to that.
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I also make one of a kind lampwork glass beads that represent the colors, the reef and the fish and creatures I see underwater. This is my second passion, spending time in my glass studio playing with fire!