Building a Dive Retail Database in Alaska
by Gene Muchanski, Executive Director
Dive Industry Association, Inc.
Starting on Week 14 in 2020, Dive Industry Association is beginning a campaign to verify its Retail Dive Store database on the DIVE LOCAL Website. Every week we will focus on a new state. Alaska is the first one. The purpose of the listing is three-fold. We want to identify all Retail Dive Centers, worldwide, that are teaching diving, selling dive gear, talking people diving and keeping them active in the recreation. We want to bring more divers into our recreation. Finally, we want to create an active local dive community in the State of Alaska.
The Dive Stores in Alaska are part of the Northwest Diving Community of the United States. Dive Stores are, in our opinion, the heartbeat of our recreation and usually the first contact with the general public. Dive Retailers are our Ambassadors of the Diving Industry.
Starting on April 1 (no joke) the Dive Industry Association will be mailing a post card to every Retail Dive Center in the United States to verify their mailing address. Every week we will pick a new State to focus on. On Week 14 we will list every Alaska Dive Store in our NW Dive Stores Directory on www.divelocal.org/north-west-us/dive-stores/ To prevent email address farming, we will only publish the stores name and their city & state.
If a local Retailer would like us to publish their website address they only need to mail one of their business cards to Dive Industry Association, 2294 Botanica Circle, West Melbourne, FL 32904.
The Dive Industry Association is promoting and support Retail dive Centers through its Dive Industry Retailers Association. All Retail Dive Centers are invited to join the association that promotes dive stores regardless of their equipment or training agency preference. A united retail dive organization is the first step to a growing and healthy industry.