The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 23
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C2 SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1997 MONEY THE SALINA JOURNAL Dive / Exotic places, sharks popular FROM PAGE C1 "It's an experience that is completely out of oneself. And I don't have to worry about the stresses of job and day-to-day life," said Hirsch, a lawyer for her state's child welfare agency. Carl Roessler, who is considered the granddaddy of dive travel specialists, said he's seen a lot of changes in the 31 years that his See & Sea Travel has been around. Hotter equipment and easier access to Caribbean islands have made the sport much more popular. As a result, more and more novice divers are heading to the Caribbean where the waters are warm, currents calm «ri ,,, ' and tne re ~ Theresa sorts we ii. Whole equipped. ... . "Diving off heightened the East or interest in West Coasts - ITUKIKM in while wonder . ; the OCeanS." ful for enthusiasts, is 1 Susan Wilmink sometimes Dive Travel daunting for publisher beginners," he said. "However, if they can go to a beautiful tropical island in beautiful toasty water with a minimum of equipment to lug around — it's a very positive selling experience." Experienced divers go afar But that influx of new divers to the traditional dive destinations is pushing more experienced divers to go farther afield, sometimes spending their entire vacation on a dive - boat-cum-floating hotel — ; called liveaboard — that cruises to remote reefs and sometimes never stops at land until the week is up. "As these hordes of eager beginners are going to the Caymans and Australia, the more experi- • enced divers are going on live- aboards to get farther and farther away from the crowds," Roessler .said. P'ive years ago, there were perhaps 40 liveaboard boats, while today, there are 150 to 200, he said. Some of the boats are little gzm^m^^^-ms* Dennis L. Bozarth, CFP Rcgistrm! Principal Branch Office Manager 021 Buckeye Salina KS G7401 (913) 823-0205 SmiAmerira Kcviirilirs, Inc. Moujx-r Pacifir Stix-k Kxcluingp, NAST), SII'C SunAmerica Securities A SunAmerica Company IRA'S Annuities (Fixed & Variable) Long Term Care Insurance Life Insurance Mutual Funds Tkx Advantaged Investment Retirement Accounts & Rollovers Stocks & Bonds Joan Streit Karla Augustine Thaine Strelt Representative Service Representative Flnnncial Planner Insurance and Financial Services Streit Financial Services 713 Roach, Salina, KS 67401 827-4540 * 800-536-4540 The Associated Press Divers board a boat for another trip to Sipadan Island's reefs in March 1996. The remote Island off the coast of Malaysia's Sabah state has been damaged by catering to too many divers. more than converted ferries or fishing boats, while others were, built from the keel up as dedicated dive boats, with air conditioned cabins, film processing, and even hot tubs on board. Roessler is ready to go the next step, and has equipped a Grumman HU-16 Albatross sea plane with guest rooms so that he can fly four to six people to remote destinations near Palau. For $6,000 per person per week, the diving elite will use the plane as their home and as their diving platform. Lucrative for travel agents But even for less ingenious travel agents, the dive market is a lucrative niche. "People start with beautiful creatures on reefs," Roessler said. "Then they get bored with those and move up to schooling hammerheads" that are at locations like the Cocos Islands off Costa Rica and the Galapagos. "We keep them for 25 years," he said of diving clients. PERSONALS And dive vacations are not cheap. A trip on a liveaboard can run $1,500 or more a week, plus air fare and land costs. Even basic packages for novice divers double an agents' commission because they not only sell the resort stay, but the diving, which usually costs about $60 to $70 per person per day, said Susan Wilmink, publisher of Dive Travel, which offers marketing seminars to travel agents. Advertising through the trades, Dive Travel charges $29 a person to explain the basics of what divers are looking for and who the wholesalers are. She expects about 250 to 300 agents will attend this year. Travel agents "have to find some other way to make extra commissions ... they're all struggling to figure out some sort of a niche and this seems to be a nice lucrative one," she said. Swim with the sharks In fact, dive travel itself is be- ELLIOTT CRUM Three promoted at Salina Fire Department The Salina Fire Department has announced the promotions of three employees. Mark Laas was promoted to fire engineer and emergency medical technician from firefighter and emergency medical technician. He has been with the department since 1991. LAAS George Elliott was promoted to emergency medical service lieutenant from paramedic and firefighter. He has been with the department since 1989. Galen Crum was promoted to fire lieutenant from fire engineer and emergency medical technician. He has been with the department since 1978. Eichelberger joins Security Savings Bank Al Eichelberger has joined Security Savings Hank, 317 S. Santa Fe, as a senior vice president of the loan department. Eichelberger will be responsible for commercial, real estate and consumer lending management. He formerly worked as a commercial loan officer at Nations- Bank, 138 N. Santa Fe. Boyer is loan officer at First Bank of Tescott Brian Boyer has joined Bank of Tescott, 600 S. Santa Fe, as a loan officer. Boyer has worked in banking for five years, most recently as a commercial and agriculture loan officer at NationsBank, 138 N. Santa Fe. Sheriff's office hires new records clerk Bernadine Herman has been named records clerk at the Saline County Sheriffs Office. Bayer joins staff at Mid State's Hair Suite Coni Bayer has joined the Hair Suite at Mid State Plaza. Bayer will do manicures and pedicures. She formerly worked at the Hair Loft Salon, 1330 W. Crawford. Nothern has new job at Salina Journal Val Nothern has been named administrative assistant of the circulation department at the Salina Journal, 333 S. Fourth. Nothern has been with the Salina Journal MrkTtlMM for four years, NOTHERN most recently as a single-copy manager. From Staff Reports EICHELBERGER ADAMHEALY 2075 S.Ohio, Suite 7B 823-7713 For auto, home and life- Being in good hands is the only place to be; A.G. Edwards gives you three reasons to consider our money market funds: 1. COMPETITIVE YIELDS 4.93%/5.05% Compound Effective! Yield/SEC Standardized Yield Average Portfolio Maturity: 90 Days A.G. Edwards Centennial Money Market Trust 2. 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