On Labor Day in September 2019, off the coast of California, a fire aboard a 75-foot scuba diving liveaboard broke out during the night, killing 33 passengers and one crew member.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reviewed and voted on their investigation’s findings, the fire’s probable cause, and any recommendations that could potentially prevent such incidents in the future.
We are especially interested in the lessons learned. It’s hard to ignore. It was the largest loss of life in a maritime incident in US history, in decades.
The NTSB proceedings lasted almost 4 hours.
As we were listening to the live proceedings, we noted operational observations pertinent to all scuba diving operations, not only liveaboards. …
In August and September 2020, William Cline conducted a qualitative survey of scuba diving professionals worldwide to evaluate shifts happening in scuba diving training, dive travel, and scuba equipment purchases. Cline published the results in October 2020. Thanks, William!
What can we learn from the survey results? How can we benefit from “seismic shifts in our dive consumer base,” as William says? What are the opportunities?
We’ll summarize the highlights from this survey and further focus on what it means for your dive business.
As the survey was composed of four open-ended questions, results can only be taken as an indication of current topics of interest to scuba diving industry professionals. These ‘topics’ are a melting pot of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (the four parts of a SWOT Analysis). …
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It’s been a crazy year and unfortunately, it’s not over. The dive industry has been hit hard. Dive training agencies, scuba gear manufacturers, local dive shops, dive resorts, instructors… We all suffered in one way or another. Professionally and personally.
Here are a few topics we’ve discussed in the Scubanomics publication on Medium in case you’ve missed them.
First, we looked at how badly hurt the dive industry has been and what comes next?
If there is a silver lining to all of this turmoil, it’s ‘local diving’ including dive training and local dive outings. Often the poor parent of the dive industry, ‘local diving’ and ‘inland diving’ have seen a resurgence. …