I was visiting Island Divers Hawaii, the new dive shop on Schofield Barracks yesterday and while talking to the store manager he mentioned some staffing issues that they were having and that they were looking for someone part-time for weekends.
I have thought about working part-time at a dive shop to get more experience with and knowledge about the various brands of dive gear that I am currently unfamiliar with. This may be the opportunity that I have been waiting for to get just that.
If I take the job, I would be running the dive shop from 6:00 in the morning until 5:30 in the evenings every Saturday and Sunday. It will be long hours, but the work is not very difficult or stressful. Unfortunately that would prevent any weekend diving for me though.
I mentioned that I may be interested in the position, and he is going to speak with the owner about choosing me instead of the person they just hired for the position and let me know if they can make the switch or not.
Perhaps if I take the job I can persuade them one day to consider cold-filling tanks instead of the dry hot-fill method they are currently using. Yes it takes just a little more time, but there is less stress on the tanks, and the customers get perfectly filled 3,000psi tanks every time that way instead of a range anywhere from 2,600 to 3,200 that I have gotten from them in the past.
And the thought of a 30% Employee Discount on equipment purchases doesn’t hurt either.
Since my current scuba tanks will be due for their annual VIP inspections soon as well as their 5 year hydro inspections, I decided it would be a good time to purchase some new ones.
I added four new 80 cf aluminum tanks to my equipment inventory this week. Two black tanks that I purchased from Island Divers Hawaii’s new Schofield Barracks dive shop, and two bright yellow tanks that I ordered from Scuba.com. All four tanks have Pro Valves on them so that I am able to use wither yoke or DIN regulators, giving me more options for later upgrades if I decide to.
I will be using the new black tanks for regular air, and the new yellow tanks will be dedicated to Nitrox fills. I will be using my old tanks as spares for now until I decide what to do with them.
The tanks from Scuba.com were the most expensive because I had to pay full price, along with the high shipping costs to Hawaii. They cost me $276 for both of them, plus another $195 for shipping.
I was able to get both of the black tanks from Island Divers Hawaii for $239 with my 30% employee discount because I am a DMC with them. Normally they are $215 each plus tax so I saved a mint by getting them from Island Divers Hawaii. They even threw in the first fill on each of them for free.