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BDSC

Member Since 15 Jul 2008
Offline Last Active Jul 30 2014 02:08 AM
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In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

31 March 2014 - 08:08 AM

 

I was just on a trip and the dive shop owner took all the tips and said, "we will distribute, don't you worry".  I don't know if my money ever made it to the workabees.

 

I never participate in "group tips" because you never know what happens to the money. I know of a dive shop owner who collected a group tip at the end of the week and then told another employee at the shop the guests gave enough so he didn't need to. On all the trips I put together, I never collect a group tip. I will try and find out what is the norm and if anyone asks I just tell them what I found the usual or customary tip to be.


In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

14 March 2014 - 02:11 PM

I have never liked the idea of tipping on a liveaboard being based on a % of the cost of the trip. Let's say you book a liveaboard that cost $2000 for a week and give 15% for a tip of $300. Now lets say you do a liveaboard on an upscale boat for $4000 for the week. You are already paying more for the extras like a nicer room, maybe better food, etc. A 15% tip here is going to be $600. Didn't the folks on the less expensive liveaboard work just as hard filling tanks, cooking food, cleaning rooms, leading dives, etc. as the crew on the more expensive boat? Should they be tipped half as much? Did the folks on the more expensive boat work twice as hard? Likely not at all.

 

I would say tip what you feel is appropriate and don't let anyone tell you how much to tip.


In Topic: Discounted trip to the Socorros in November 2014

09 October 2013 - 03:04 PM

Back to being full again!


In Topic: Discounted trip to the Socorros in November 2014

01 October 2013 - 04:14 AM

Quick update to this trip. While the trip is officially full, I do have one couple who would be willing to give up their two spots if I can find someone to take them. They are in the process of building a new house and would use the extra money for a few outdoor projects they want to do when the house is done. They will still go if I don't find anyone but I'd like to help them out if I can. So if anyone is interested let me know. I do have a single guy who would take one of the two spots if we can find one more but he understands I would give the opportunity to two folks who come as a pair as well.

 

Thanks!


In Topic: Discounted trip to the Socorros in November 2014

18 September 2013 - 02:23 AM

I'm sorry it's taken me several days to get back up with you. I am out of town working and it's been long hours! I did fill the space a few days before you posted but I just haven't come back and posted that the trip is full. Sorry about that.

 

But the trip is full at this point. However, it still is over a year away so I will be glad to put anyone on a waitlist. Just let me know.

 

Thanks