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About You and Worldwide Dive and Sail...
Frank Ven Der Linde
My job function in the company:
Owner, Boat Builder
Years in business:
About Worldwide Dive and Sail:
Worldwide Dive & Sail owns and operates the Siren Fleet Liveaboards. Providing year-round dive trips in Indonesia, the Philippines, the Maldives, Palau and Fiji with more than 15 different itineraries to choose from.
Goal(s) for 2013:
This year will see the launch of two new yachts bound for Fiji and the Philippines.
About You, "The Professional"...
What I find most rewarding about my job:
I believe the most rewarding part of a job in the diving industry is when people walk away and say "wow this was the best thing i have ever done" or "this was one of the best holidays of my life". With this in mind the most rewarding aspect of my job is to have the boats of the Siren Fleet in the best condition possible and the crew motivated to ensure all our guest leave feeling....wow that was the best trip ever!
What I am most proud of (professionally):
The whole team of Worldwide dive and sail from office staff to crew on the boat makes me very proud. Every single person is working unbelievably hard and we have become one big family.
Greatest piece of business advice I ever received:
The best business advise i received is a saying of the founder of Air Asia, Tony Fernandes.... stay true to your self, believe the unbelievable, dream the impossible and never take NO for an answer.
Where I see myself and/or business in 5 years:
The answer to the previous question says a lot, its a wide open world with many amazing places to go we have plans to start at a few of them and the future will tell where these places are. So this will keep me and the rest of the team busy for the coming 5 years easily.
About You, "The Person"...
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
Hahaha wow, with this question I can fill up a whole book, a few things stand out, the first one is that I used to be a truck driver. I drove all over Europe taking long haul trips of up to 6 weeks at the time to more than 45 countries... but I still dream of that job every day. The 2nd one is that I have the travel bug in me which has driven me on to tour on my motor bike from Holland to Thailand and from South Africa to Holland making my way through 36 countries in Africa!