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

31 March 2014 - 08:14 AM


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.


Interesting. On several occasions (non-diving trips, safaris) I've been asked by the other clients to collect the tip since "as the American, you're used to that sort of thing." I usually do as you do, find out what the norm is and let people know if asked. I'm usually up front about how much I'm tipping and why.

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

25 March 2014 - 01:39 PM



Frankly I find your comment offensive that you (who have enough money to fly transcontinental and then drop $3K on a live aboard and dive with many thousands of dollars of gear) cannot afford to tip an extra 15%. But to the people taking care of you (who are probably just scraping by) that same amount of money is "nothing to the individual". It means a lot more to them than it does to you.


To clarify my comment (because a couple of people picked up on it) means this: The OP was multiplying out his total contribution to make it seem large ($300-450 over the week). And dividing the amount to the staff to make it seem tiny: $10/day. In reality if everyone on the boat declined to tip over the course of a week, we're talking about something like $500-$800 each staff member would be missing from their expected pay (and it is that on US boats) for the week. That's a significant amount of money and certainly means more to the staff member than to (probably) any of the clients on board such a boat.


Remember, in the US/Caribbean most of these places where boats are based from are *not* inexpensive places to live. SE Asia may be different, I don't profess to understand those economics.

In Topic: Philippines crustaceans

24 March 2014 - 11:53 PM

Thank you very much! I'm away from my books right now, but will look these up when I get home.

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

24 March 2014 - 12:43 PM


Can you assume that? I once went on a liveaboard where another passenger told me the captain/owner of the boat took a cut of the tips. I was a bit shocked but didn't have a chance to investigate further at the time.


I've seen rumors to that effect in these threads. I have no idea, but I suspect it is a rare boat that does so.


Unless I get truly exceptional service from someone, I either tip in an envelope to all or, for day trips, give it to the DM. I assume there is some agreed upon tip-sharing program and don't try to second guess that by tipping every single person on the boat with my assumptions of what each person "deserves"

In Topic: Canon G1X Mark II

23 March 2014 - 11:52 PM

I'm wondering what peoples thoughts on this are:




I've been using smaller-sensor G series cameras for a while. It looks like this camera will fix the earlier G1X macro issue. And they are constantly comparing it to an SLR, so if it manages to fix the no TTL in manual problem, then this may be my next camera. That's my biggest complain with the current G series.


This seems like a nice step between the G series and the u4/3 cameras in terms of functionality. 


The manual is now posted on Canon USA's site. The manual flash is again limited to 3 steps, so operationally this is not an improvement.