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THE BEGINNING | OUR MILESTONES

It would be interesting to document how a small humble 1 man dive business operating on the 2nd floor in a Shophouse along Telok Ayer Street became Singapore’s Top PADI Dive Centre.

 

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ORPHEUS DIVE

HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN

Before the history of Orpheus Dive gets lost, we thought it would be interesting to interview the founders of Orpheus Dive, how did the dive shop start and what are the hurdles faced during the different phases and how Orpheus Dive overcame all the hurdles to become what they are today.

Orpheus Dive has come a long way since 1999 till now. It has been a long journey, not necessarily financially rewarding but it has many memories, good and bad. It has been a goal for me to provide the utmost services to both local and international scuba diving customers here in Singapore. I never believe Singapore dive centres should always be in the shadows of our peers from other more established countries and mould a generation of Instructors who are not only good in what they do but also financially capable is my dream. 

 

A Message to all my competitors. Achieving this dream is not impossible. Look in the mirror each day, and ask yourself this over and over again. What can you do to make things better for the entire industry. When the industry grows, so do you.

Founder – Lester Kwok 

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1999

WHERE IT BEGAN

Our founder started his journey with one of the most aggressive Singapore Dive Centre, known as Abyss Scuba International. While working full-time with Mediacorp, he spent weekends either diving or hanging out at the dive centre helping. It was then when he learnt that the diving industry is still at infancy stage and potentially has alot of room to grow.

1999

SHOP HUNTING

Looking for a suitable location for a dive shop was not an easy task. Most dive shops are scattered all over Singapore. Considerations such as accessibility, public transport, parking, food, washing area in shop were some of the few factors.

Working with a shoestring budget, we decided to park ourselves at 184A Telok Ayer Street. With 2 partitioned room and a hall, this was kinda ideal for what we need to get the shop started.

1999

THE ORIGINAL TEAM

The original team of Orpheus Dive Instructor consisted of 2 cousins and our founder. The team started to grow very slowly, competing with some of the bigger players in the market. It was a tough period as Orpheus Dive was constantly challenged, by SARS, uncertainties in the Southern Borders of Thailand, fierce competition from the bigger boys. Customers were mostly friends that got addicted to diving and rose the ranks to become Diving Professionals

2005

OUR FIRST IE

In 2005, Singapore saw their first IE with a total of 8 candidates. It was a combine IE with 7 candidates from Orpheus Dive. PADI Course Director Azman Sulaiman with PADI MI Lester conducted the entire course for all candidates.

2008

EXPANSION – THE SCUBA SHOP

2008 was the big year for Orpheus Dive. We left our original place in Telok Ayer Street and expanded to 363 Beach Road, and set up The Scuba Shop, the retail arm of Orpheus Dive. We officially became the first Scubapro Master Dealer in Singapore as well.

1999

THE ORIGINAL TEAM

The original team of Orpheus Dive Instructor consisted of 2 cousins and our founder. The team started to grow very slowly, competing with some of the bigger players in the market. It was a tough period as Orpheus Dive was constantly challenged, by SARS, uncertainties in the Southern Borders of Thailand, fierce competition from the bigger boys. Customers were mostly friends that got addicted to diving and rose the ranks to become Diving Professionals

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