Posted 17 February 2011 - 02:12 PM
Posted 17 February 2011 - 05:43 PM
That's my thought!
Posted 18 February 2011 - 08:16 AM
Posted 18 February 2011 - 10:34 AM
Wait-staff of all kinds really depend on tips for their income. Its the nature of the job..HOWEVER.... Dive Guides and Dive Master, jobs are much sought after jobs on the island.. They most often pay... very well ......for the island.
20% of a $70 2 tank X 6 equates to around $75 a day. That( $75 a day) is real good money In Mexico and on Cozumel..
Tips? Do they split them all 50/50? Hummm For me I tip them separately. One or other may have done a Great Job while the other was a lazy slacker...I .. tend to give the Captain less than the Dive master..
What do I look for ?
The Boat Captains job:
Get me there quickly? Welllll For sure, but safely and comfortably too!
He needs to drop me, in the right location too.. BTW.. I dont expect the boat to be new but I expect it ot be clean and spotless..
When I first hit the water I am looking for the reef.. Its... its wayyyyyyy over there? = Swim swim swim... He just lost a big portion of his tip.. He, better excel at the rest of his assigned work task : ) If he's in a hurry to get me back? Rushing to return by noon or sooner? It goes down some more.. Thats why more and more shops are requiring the Guys.... to stay X number of hours per day..
Dive Guide/Master: Its all dependant upon what you desire.. No Less than a brief description of what and where, we are about to dive .. any issues or peculiarities, such as faster than normal currents etc etc Particular things to see here and there..along the way.. I dont need him to hold my hand, but I will be cognizant of how well he is watching his group.. Is he herding us?? Just trying to move us along .. get .. to ... the .. end ...... of this dive? Or is he stopping along the way to point things out? Or is he just obliviously drifting along..Again...just waiting for this dive..... to end..
Captain and Dive Guide: If you dont dive often with them you may not know.. But are they Pressing to dive only the dives close to the pickup point and return..?? Do they tend to always have excuses why they dont want to dive this dive or that?
Tipping is very personal..
Finale Note: YOU... have responsibilities too.. I dont have as many dives as say Mike Beasley on this board , but I have dove a bit.. I know...
I make... a shore dive first on every trip no matter where I am.. I check my gear.. and my weights and look for any ear issues I might not have been aware of.. I get to the boat EARLY!.. I have EVERYTHING in a package weight belt holding it all together in a neat package, and ready to go..
For me .. a huge point of irritation.. No One on that boat is your Personal Valet/Nanny.. If you feel you need one ? You need to do a lot more shallow water beach dives......
I know this was long and not always Focused on tipping but I hope some will find it was all worth repeating??
Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:18 PM
I admire you for checking first...top notch in my book!
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Posted 19 February 2011 - 01:28 AM
Posted 21 February 2011 - 08:59 AM
Posted 10 March 2011 - 09:56 PM
even if you think the captain is a slacker DURING your dives, remember he is responsible not only for getting you to the reef, but to also set up the equipment, to make sure the boat is in good safe working order before you show up, cleaning the boat afterwards, maintaining his certificates (yearly usually) and so much more. you are seeing most of the DM work during your ride to and from and in the water. the capt and mate's work is a different story.
if the boat ain't working, the DM can't take you diving. so they split. even if you are not in agreement. i have worked on tours where we had 17 people splitting tips. one guide was seen accepting a tip, not putting it in the colletive tip jar, and he was denied any tips that day and was no longer trusted. tips that day were around $20usd. after all was said and done, his greediness was for a $2 tip or so.
it is fine to give a tip to the capt and one to the DM to the proportions you see fit. just know that in the end, it is split 50/50. but if they tell eachother what was given, and you give the capt less, he may get the hint and up his service.
Calle 11 % Melgar y 10av
Edificio Portales, Local 1
Dressing Fishermen and Triathletes from Head to Toe
Posted 11 March 2011 - 06:00 PM
Tipping is a personal decision based on service rendered and the financial situation of the client. I have seen people leave no tip whatsoever and I have seen people tip more than what they paid for the trip itself. Mostly what I see is around $5-10USD per diver per 2 tank trip.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 08:17 PM
FYI, a trip consists of 2 tanks and about 3 hours total time.
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