Is there more than one dive shop in your town? If so, Do they get along with eachother or are there comments flying back and forth with divers choosing one and not the other. It’s interesting in some markets how truly "little" some people can be and instead of working on their own strengths and weaknesses, they tend to belittle the other dive shop and literally have their students "pick" one shop or the other.
Unfortunately this has happened in our city and the old "established" dive shop seems to have chosen the low road by trash-talking the "new shop". The owner of the "new shop" is just a laid back nice guy that honestly is looking out for the best of the students while the "old shop" has drawn a line in the sand and won’t allow anyone to dive with them if they didn’t purchase their gear from them.
I was just curious to see if this happens in other cities and if so, what do the divers think of it.