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West Marine & SCUBA Gear?

This popped up on one of my SCUBA forums....puts a whole new dimension to West Marine products..

West Marine Testing Scuba Shops in Stores | ScubaGadget - Scuba News Service


..sure would be nice if they provide compressed air as well...yea I know added liability as well as specialized training.. but on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake finding fills is very limited.

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Is there a west marine on the eastern shore, that is easy to get to ??

Leave scuba to shops that have expertise and training and well kept equipment.
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Re: West Marine & SCUBA Gear?

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Is there a west marine on the eastern shore, that is easy to get to ??...
I don't know about the lower bay, but there is a WM super store on Kent Island and one in Rock Hall.

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Re: West Marine & SCUBA Gear?

SCUBA at WM??
Wouldn't that be like sourcing spacesuits at Advance Auto?

Sorry.....dive gear is already spendy enuff (as I recall). No need to drive it up more

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Re: West Marine & SCUBA Gear?

I think it would be GREAT. I would be 5 minutes from an air fill instead of 30-45 minutes.

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People got over Taco Bell and KFC being sold in the same store. I suspect they'll get over this, too.
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Re: West Marine & SCUBA Gear?

Considering the knowledge and expertise of most WM employees, I rather doubt I'd feel comfortable having anyone I care for getting information about scuba gear or getting refills from what is pretty much a convenient boutique marine store.

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Re: West Marine & SCUBA Gear?

The article said that SSI and Mares are "test marketing a new scuba shop." To me that implies that it will be run by their people, not West Marine's sales associates. Sort of like the veterinarians inside Pet Smart.

I think we're looking for issues before there are any.
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Re: West Marine & SCUBA Gear?

I suspect the logic is "Divers often have boats. Divers go to a store for air, sometimes every week. Gee...if we serviced divers, we could get more boat owners to stop by West every week, and then they might buy stuff for their boats while they were here."

The logic might work, depending on the cost of adding dive services to a store.

"Leave scuba to shops that have expertise and training and well kept equipment. " Oh, right, like there are any of those on this planet? Come up to the northeast, plenty of gen-you-whine certified shops give short fills, dirty fills, outright lie about VIPs being necessary, outright lie about plus hydro....

You get better odds on the local indy gas station having a clean restroom. Sad to say.
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Re: West Marine & SCUBA Gear?

There was a sport store in San Diego (can't remember the name, but it was like Sports Authority) that had its own scuba shop, which rented tanks and such, but they didn't do more advanced stuff like hydrotesting. I could see West Marine similarly broadening their horizons because many people are more likely to go to specialty online stores and local marine chandleries than WM for high end sailing components. A salesman in the Sausalito store last year told me they're moving away from sailing and into equipment that's focused on "water sports" such as SUPs and kayaking. Given the beechin everyone gives WM about boating products, it's probably a good business decision.
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