Don`t miss it untill it`s gone.
Came to mind wandering around a local shopping centre, a cafe that has been around for ever, slightly care worn and homely, always full of pensioners it seemed, run by a husband and wife team. This time it`s to let and boarded up, never a good look in a shop. Just up the road is a Costa, always people in it, with prices three times the price of the closed down cafe. Seems brand is a winner. Thank goodness for PADI!
Made me think about dive centres. There used to be a few in Sheffield of various sizes and set ups. Where did they go, and why?
Many reasons spring to mind but an overriding one is cost or cost awareness. We have a trip running, over £1000 where a customer, without looking at the extra`s we add to our trips, could get it £10 cheaper on t`internet.
It is easy nowadays to research prices for equipment, courses, travel and the rest from many sources, all well and good. What should also be considered is the service that a good local dive centre offers. I have yet to find an internet souce for air fills for instance.
It is easy to say why run a brick and mortar centre, being virtual would cut overheads hugely. Personally I like the solid, honest feel of a real destination where I can drop in to browse, chat, have a coffee, with people who recognise me and can give appropriate advice relevant to me. If you have ever has the pleasure of scuba forums you will know the difference.
So, its up to us all. Don`t wait until you need your local dive centre to visit. Pay back a little of the love. Join in the club nights, trips and events before they disappear off the radar for ever.
Your local dive centre needs you! Don`t leave it until it`s too late.