Author Archives: Bruce Bowker

Be a Card Carrying Member

I see this far less than years ago but there are still some who ask for dive equipment and/or tanks without any proof of certification. Some have simply forgotten their card. Others have never had one but wherever they had been diving, allowed it.

Some of the certifying organizations have a system where proof of certification can be found through an online system. Others do not and that causes a problem. Some divers argue that they have been diving for decades and others say that the place they were at last year never checked.

Perhaps this analogy will help better understand why showing your certification card is necessary. You show up at XYZ car rental and tell them you don’t have your driver’s license. They say you can’t rent a car. You say you have been driving for over 35 years. They say you still can’t rent a car without proof of a license. You say the ABC rented last year and you showed them your license. They say you still can’t rent a car without proof.

I don’t know anywhere that would rent someone a car without a driver’s license. It is very simple. If you want to drive or dive just make sure you have your license.

 

 

 

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New Retail Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After spending a long time considering what to do, we finally decided to tear down the wall.  The left picture shows before and the right picture after. It took a few days planning and a few days of work mainly in the evening but we did it. The biggest challenge was keeping the dust contained when breaking a concrete block wall. It went surprisingly well.

The store now has a much more open feeling and a lot more space. The new area now has all the wetsuits and related items with womens’ on the left side and men’s on the right. There are still a few more new displays and lighting to be added as soon as they arrive here on Bonaire.

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Our New Dock Ladder/Steps

We just installed our new dock ladder which closer resembles a staircase. Many improvements including more steps, better angle and a platform to aid in putting on and taking off equipment. Made locally by a professional welder, this ladder is made from heavy duty stainless steel. So far every diver has said it is the best dive ladder they have used.

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Our Dive Boat is Back

After a very traumatic morning that started at 3 am nearly 8 weeks ago and ended with broken ribs, broken boat, broken engine and broken spirit, our other dive boat is back in service. All repairs are done including a brand new coat of bottom paint.

Along with my dive staff, I am very happy to see this is finished. It was a lot of hard weeks without it.

The first picture shows the boat being put back in the water the same place is was sadly towed out. The second picture is tying up at out dock once again.

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Dive masks at Carib Inn’s retail store provide quality and value

navigatorMany divers who visit our store ask how we can sell masks so inexpensively. There are two answers to that. One, we don’t make as much profit as other stores. Two, we search out deals on masks along with quality. There are many companies which are not well known who wholesale masks that come from the same source as the well known manufactures. Because they don’t have a huge advertising budget (some do no advertising at all) they can sell these masks at far lower prices. The mask is the same. Just the name is different.

So the next time you visit our store here at the Carib Inn on Bonaire, don’t be fooled by low prices. The quality of the masks is just as good as any other.

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DEMA dive show a success

Dick Batchelder

Dick Batchelder, long time compressor man

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Lowell Dreyfus – founder of Trident dive equipment

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Suuz – Scubado Rags

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Evelyn Dudas – the first woman to dive the Andrea Doria!

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Cathy Church – world famous photograper

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Capt Spencer Slate – well known Florida Keys dive operator

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Bonnie Cardone – Skin Diver Magazine and now a novelist

DEMA, where most of the larger manufacturers and many of the smaller equipment suppliers display their wares, is always a lot of fun – both to see the new gear and also to talk with and visit many of the people in the industry that I have known over the years. Here are photos of a few of the people I saw this year:

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