This is an open letter to the industry from PADI Platinum Course Director and Store Owner Patrick Hammer:
As a board member years ago, I was proud to be on the board and part of the industry. Here we are years later and I ran and recently completed a one year term. I am now running for a three year term in the A-4 category. I strongly believe that all stake holders must work together to help grow the industry. I felt very good about my last term and believe there is still a lot of work to be done.
You cannot believe how hard and devoted the DEMA staff are and all the effort they put in. My hat is off to the staff at DEMA. DEMA Board Members volunteer their time to serve and help drive the industry in the correct direction. This includes the GoDiveNow and Hurricane relief programs, along with all the involvement with industry-related legislation.
After 43 years in our industry , I strongly believe I have a lot to give back, and I sure appreciate all the support I have received and continue to receive from all of the stakeholders. I want you all to know I am here and am proud to serve as your voice to DEMA. Please do not hesitate to send me an Email on any idea or problems, I am glad to bring them to the meetings.
Together and only together can we grow this industry. It is time to remove SCUBA from a one time “bucket list” event to an experience enjoyed for a lifetime!