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Dwindling Dive Stores

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As most divers know, the number of full-service dive stores in the U.S. gets smaller each year. The internet businesses have had an impact on them, as they have on all retail stores

Infrequent divers are buying less equipment, preferring to rent it on tropical vacations. Many foreign dive resorts, which once only offered free-flowing regulators and threadbare BCs, have recognized the value of renting well-maintained gear, which has changed divers' attitudes toward buying gear. And besides, who likes to tote heavy gear through airports?...


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