The Dive Professionals project started way back in 2007, and saw it's first networks and discussion group on Linkedin which provided the best platform for professional groups at the time.
Dive Professionals consisted mainly of training and exploration professionals and generally speaking of independents, owners and executives. The discussions we had were very varied and interesting, all in the spirit of exchange of information, striving for more professionalism. The network continued growing and as social media came and went (Google+) we expanded to Twitter, Facebook...
The prerequisites to join the groups was to be deriving income from diving activities, regardless of which sector...
As our members and followers network grew to thousands of professionals worldwide, some members decided it was time to go over from discussions to actions. In 2010 our first website saw the light of day...
It was not very successful, but was a first step towards creating a central portal for all professionals.
Fast forward to 2020, the network of dive professionals counts over 40,000 members and followers on our different platforms. A team of volunteers has emerged to take action to the next stage in order to fulfill our mission of uniting, professionalizing and creating a better future for all professional individuals and businesses active in the diving industry.
Our Network is vast and as fragmented as the industry we are a part of. Our humble beginnings are dating back to 2007 with the inception of our group on the new Linkedin professional social network. Which at the time was a superb opportunity for us to gather our network of professionals.
Our first group was at the time, of high quality, with great discussions; and was a place where professionals could discuss matters freely with their peers without having the clutter of amateurs disrupting the content.
We quickly grew to be the group for professionals... However our success, and quality was entirely dependent on our host Linkedin; which a few years in, decided to kill their group features (Something they tried to remedy 3-4 years ago, but the damage had been done and until today groups have totally stalled)
Due to this we expanded to other social media, like Twitter, Google +, Facebook, and more recently also on Instagram.
Although our network is vast, we have been unable to contain the amateurs and serious divers to join. (seemingly everyone is a professional these days)
As we learned through experience, that we are subjected to our hosts whims; and unable to uphold quality; we have recently decided to tone down our presence on social networks, and start focusing on our own internet portals.