- Published on Monday, 01 October 2012 10:33
- Written by Rick Stratton
Welcome to October! Oktoberfest! Halloween! Back to school, and harvest season. The end of the summer and dive-season always makes me think of history and the roots.
Dive News Network has its roots in being a hub of information for the local diver. When I first moved to Whidbey Island, WA back in the 90’s, I was searching for local dive sites. I was hoping to see a calendar or good local newsletter that would help me find local dive activities. No such thing existed at the time, and rather than just walk away I started the early stages of what has grown to be Northwest Dive News and ultimately Dive News Network. 16 years feels like yesterday most days, but DNN has grown up.
Over the years we have evolved, but our core goal remains. Each edition is dedicated to promoting the sport locally helping our readers become more knowledgeable and more active divers. These days when people think knowledgeable, they just type whatever they are looking for into Google hoping the search engine will find their answers. The easy access to information on the web does help, but our sport and business has changed. I sometimes feel a sense of isolation when I use a search engine to answer questions about diving versus connecting with my fellow divers at a dive club meeting or even on a club dive. The sport has grown most by connecting divers with other divers and fostering the feeling of community.
If you were looking for local dive activities, not too long ago, I would have suggested you contact your local dive shop (and ultimately dive club), and while it’s still a good suggestion, the business climates have changed and cooled over recent years. Dive shops are scaling back like most business, and dive clubs are struggling to find new members. DNN saw this happening, and I knew something needed to change. We have stepped in to help the local dive shop and local diver connect with other eager active divers. We are the dive clubs’ and local dive shops’ resource to share what is going on in the dive community. Come find the news and events both in-print and online at www.divenewsnetwork.com. It will help you connect and become a more active diver (and have more fun).
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Until the next dive,