“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” Charles Bukowski
Since you are reading my blog you may very well have also read “What is DiveStrong” on my website, how the name of my company, and that of my colleagues in Slovenia, was the result of brainstorming in a timed three-minute session during our Course Director Training Course in the Dominica Republic, in 2010. We, all of my friends and colleagues of the 'DiveStrong' team, made it through our challenge in 2010 and have all gone forward to create successes, for not only ourselves, but the many candidates we have mentored and encouraged in diving – at all levels.
In February 2013, I along with my husband and most favorite Dive Master – Randy Kliewer, decided the dive environment we were involved in didn't reflect the positive, ethical and progressive atmosphere we wanted to embrace. As a result, DiveStrong Canada was born.
We do not have 'bricks and mortar' so it is with a great deal of pride that I say thank you to our clients. PADI Elite Instructor Status 50 (over fifty students, less than 100 ☺) was a milestone achieved in our first year. Your belief in us and your promotion of DiveStrong - through word of mouth advertising and support of our many efforts – has spread the word.
Our second year has seen a continued and increased request for courses inclusive of Instructor courses – again at all levels from the Open Water Scuba Instructor to Specialty and EFR Instructor. In addition, our dive travel opportunities have filled and satisfied clients have come back for repeats! Thank you! I think the best compliment I received recently was “I know they fill fast, so please don't forget me when you get all the details complete”.
We have a lot planned for this upcoming year – but most of all, we plan to continue doing what you, our clients believe in us for – answering your questions, mentoring you forward, assisting you with your dive and travel success. That is why we are DiveStrong – we have strong support.
Thank you for a great second year, safe dives and travels to everyone.
Lana and Randy