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Dive shops typically hire people who are certified divers to work in the retail portion. Sales experience is thus an advantage, though not necessarily a requirement. Besides sales, responsibilities at a dive shop could also include renting equipment, filling tanks and repairing and/or maintaining equipment.
This is a great place to go if you are an instructor or want to become one. Many (if not most) people take their book and pool portion of their dive certification at home and most dive shops offer certification courses. So there is alot of opportunity for teaching here. Teaching opportunities also include specialty courses as more people are going beyond the basic open water certification.
While working in a dive shop, you will also gain business experience. Answering phones, doing inventory, ordering merchandise, etc. is all part of the operation. If you are thinking of running your own business one day (be it a dive shop or other type of business) this is invaluable experience to have. It is also a stepping stone to managing a shop. While these skills may seem mundane, it can pay off in the long run depending on what your goals are.
As a general rule, you can probably expect to make in the range of $20,000, give or take a few thousand depending on the factors above. This would include commission and is for a dive shop in the states. The Pro Dive school website (www.prodiveusa.com) quotes management position salaries start at $25,000 and up. It won't make you rich but the experience can make it worthwhile. Not to mention the opportunities for dive travel.
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