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divemaster classes
rescue15 - 6/15/2008 7:58 PM
Category: Training
Replies: 3

Getting ready to take the plunge and get my DM cert. What "perks" do other shops provide to their DM’s?

Greg - 6/16/2008 11:27 AM
Usually you get a group discount on your dive master insurance and they sell you gear at cost so you are outfitted in the same gear they sell. Like a walking billboard for them. And if you dm for a group trip, your trip costs are usually covered.
AquaticPleasuresDiveCnt - 6/19/2008 2:06 PM
Hey Steve,

Greg hit the nail right on the head. We tend to take it a step further here... we pay all of your insurance, you still get to buy gear at 10% over cost... you have access to the books so you know exactly what that cost is, and your trips are covered if it is for work, not your pleasure so to speak. We also give kick backs on gear you sell... usually a small commission, but hey it’s money right :-) ... Your air fills are always free. And if you move into instructor we pay you for each student you certify. I know it varies from shop to shop, but this is pretty much the norm around here... we are the only one that pays all of the insurance costs though. Just a token of our appreciation to our DM’s and instructors. I am glad to see you are moving toward the professional side of diving. Good luck with your adventures. Dive Safe and Dive Often! Teresa
ReefHound - 6/19/2008 3:44 PM
I don’t get much of a discount on equipment but get a small store credit for each student in the class. Sometimes there are tips and meals from students. I think DMs get asked to lead trips as a last resort, shops prefer to have instructors lead so they can also offer specialties. Chicks dig Divemasters.