I caught this thread late, but I have to share my two cents...consider it a tip.
Many moons ago I worked as a DM at Bob Soto's in Grand Cayman and being one of the most bargain dive operations on the island we were rarely tipped and really knew what NOT to expect. On those rare occasions we were tipped it allowed us a decent meal and a few brews, otherwise with our minimum wage pay we were living paycheck to paycheck and drinking beer and eating french fries with tartar sauce pretending they were shrimp. Of course living arrangements were substandard....mine was a fold up cot in the kitchen/living room of a tiny rental with no A/C.
If you can afford a $5k trip surely you can afford to tip your crew who make a measly wage and work their asses off to keep you safe and comfy....if not maybe you should dive in cheaper places.
TIP and don't be a w****!
You are comparing working for a bargain dive operation against what I am describing as a top end operation. why should a guy working on a $4750 boat be tipped more than a guy working for a bargain operator. That just doesn't figure. Do they not deserve the same if they give an equal level of service.
Yes I am fortunate and can afford a $5k trip but that doesnt mean I will pay a tip on demand. Like I said, earn it you may get it.
You had a choice, you didnt have to work there. But regardless of not being paid very much and not getting much in the way of tips, you still worked there because I guess you actually loved doing your job rather than the money. Which if you read all of the previous postings about tipping is what I have said all along. The trouble that I have experienced is some DM's are so engrossed in how many hundreds of dollars they are going to make from each trip that they forget to give the customer any over the top service and in some circumstances below standards service. Why the hell should I have to tip someone who has not given me good service.
I think a lot of the world live paycheck to paycheck, you dont have to be a DM to be like that. If you thought that you were going to get rich by being a DM then PADI mis advised you BIG TIME.
And yes when i have taken $5k trips I do tip 10-15%, not because the brochure says so, but if it has been earned. I have also refused to pay it as it hasn't been earned.
Edited by Drew, 06 September 2010 - 11:49 PM.