This seems like a really silly article to write, but after going through this with MANY couples over the past few years during discussions for selling a dip business, I thought I’d get it down.
The #1 thing to remember when referring to owning a Scuba Dive Business in the tropics is the Principal reason Most of Us do it:
To live a tropical lifestyle on an island and dive whenever we need to
The achievement of a scuba business and the real gain comes from your high quality and simplicity of the lifestyle of its owners.
That is the reason why 99 percent of all scuba business owners in tropical destinations are there. They would like to live the lifestyle on the island and dip whenever they wish to. If all of us keep this in your mind, it makes things a whole lot simpler in selling/buying these businesses.
Allow me to list through the reasons why I, and my friends, have made the decision to live and own a scuba dive business in the islands.
Here are the PRO’S
Owning your own business, managing it properly and having the ideal staff is fully achievable to allow you to work on your own terms. I have friends who will actually manage spend its own surfing and to close their dive operations, or in the local cafe drinking coffee and wine. Business is great, and this is the way that they run it.
Being your own boss; yes something we all relish. This has many advantages in the day to day, but even more than that it makes us feel good. Being a grasp of our own fate and achievement (and possible failure of course) is a fabulous place to be for people willing to take responsibility. DNS Diving Grand Cayman Diving Cayman Islands | Diving Grand Cayman | DNS Diving
Responsibility? Yes, this can be a burden on a number of people. In case the business thrives or if it dwindles, this lands on our shoulders.
You can try to blame anyone or anything else (that the Global Financial Crisis has been the favorite to blame in the past few years…), but in reality, it’s our ship to steer. Both into waters and blue skies, or on the stones. YOU are still the Captain, although the weather will go and come. Where and how the ship sails you command.
The friends we have made out here in the tropics are one of the major benefits of the lifestyle. They have a great open frame of mind, by simply being one of the groups of individuals keen to”Throw off bowlines” and reside somewhere new.
High Standard of living
This segment, in my view, is a MAJOR high point of owning a scuba diving business in the tropics. Until you have tried it, don’t belittle it!
With living in mostly a growing nation the cost of labor is reduced. A housekeeper is a regular part of life, although not a luxury. I can not remember the last time a vacuum cleaner or dishes touched on!
Same goes for laundry as housekeeping. I drop them in the basket and”as though by magic” they’re clean, ironed, and folded back into my own wardrobe! The machine does not ever touch or fold clothes and put them away. That’s a huge recapture of hours of your life…
Now I have no kids (disclosure) but ALL my friends do, and one of the primary reasons they’re living life is that they can have a fulltime nanny for the children. This frees up life tremendously.
Not to say that they don’t see their children, quite the opposite. E.g. we’d take a day off to visit the shore, Alice would phone her grandma in the home and have her get all 3 kids ready for the beach, by now WE get to the home 15mins after, all kids, beach-ready’! We all do is pick up’em, go play at the beach!
Do NOT underestimate how much fun/play time you’ll have with your children when you have Nanny-support! And at a cost that we can all afford here…
All of the kids I know here in the tropics are going to the very best international school in the nation. This is affordable in developing nations. Add to the international nature of school attendance and education is great.
And don’t be worried about the academic levels, 2 kids from one of the colleges here in Fiji only went to Oxford University in the UK this year!
That I know that it sounds silly, but having a weekly fully washed and detailed car is something that I adore here. My automobile is sparkling, even with the scuba equipment I lurch into and out of the back of it!
I really like gardening, allow, I begin with there. On the other hand, the necessity to cut the grass every 10-14 days (this is actually the tropics and everything DOES grow damn fast!) Does wear you down. So ALL of us have anglers that do all the boring grunt and difficult work in the backyard (unless I have an urge). This frees me to perform.
Affordable Cost of Living
Cost of Living
The overall cost of living in the island countries is finally reasonably priced.
Fresh fruit and veg and local delicacies can be found and inexpensive, to say the least on many islands. Since it has not spent in a polystyrene box at a ship that is refrigerated, and the fruit tastes real! Nothing like pawpaws off the tree in the backyard, and fruit in the current market lol!
Neighborhood restaurants are great (choose your country wisely… I knew someone who purchased a dive center in Mexico but who loathed Mexican food destined to fail!) And affordable. We eat out half the time!
The majority of diving destinations globally are in developing countries. The developed nations dollars (and Euros, GBP, etc, etc) are extremely strong in contrast to any developing nation local currency. This gives us much more purchasing power locally…
Purchasing a House
Buying a house locally is quite doable for many business owners. And I’m not talking about a tiny flat or flat on the 3rd floor. The majority of us after a few years has fine size homes.
And don’t rule out broad decks and swimming pools. All business owner in the tropics. Remember the costs in developing countries tend to be a lot more manageable than in developed nations.
Ah yes, the first thing that got us into this business in the first location. And we still do so. ? They will not be in the business much longer. You have to keep the magic and love of diving to produce this lifestyle rewarding!
Educate PADI when you want
Maybe you’ve just started to instruct and are still REALLY eager to enter the pool daily with DSD’s. Hell, I love to jump in the swimming pool and introduce the’magic’; of breathing underwater to the new set of divers.
Yet on a chilly rainy grey morning… well… Not so much. This is the boss’s privilege of course!