Love this business like we do?

We are looking for someone who does.
Someone special.

This week marks the start of our 20th year owning and operating Rec Diving together.  Much more than a labor of love, it has offered us an incredible lifestyle and opportunities beyond our dreams.

Now we’re looking for the next team or dynamic individual to carry Rec Diving on into the future.  If you have ever wanted to be part of the diving industry and own your own business, this could be for you.

Rec Diving is profitable and stable.  The price for the business is $350K, which may vary slightly with the value of inventory at the time of closing.  We are offering it for sale as a turnkey retail operation, though we are here as long as necessary to get the new owner(s) up to speed.

If you think this opportunity could be for you, we would love to hear from you at jim@recdiving.com.

Our Ultimate Dive Adventure

We didn’t set out to own a dive shop.  For us, we made the leap from the corporate world to Rec Diving at a time when we were seriously seeking more balance in our lives and more time together.  (We were definitely both workaholics!)

We knew we had a leg up with an established successful business (Rec Diving has been the industry leader in SE Michigan since it started in 1975).  The favorable Woodward Avenue location and stable client base were a plus, and of course we both LOVED to dive and travel.

Still, we told ourselves if it wasn’t a good fit, we could always return to our previous successful careers.   That didn’t happen!  It turns out we loved it. And even more than that, it was life-changing.

We’ve had the opportunity to dive the most incredible sites in the world, and encounter fascinating cultures and enjoy adventures on nearly every continent.  We’ve met amazing people at every step, and shared experiences that have transformed us.

We’ve had the privilege of turning multiple generations onto diving.  And what a personally rewarding bonus that turned out to be!  Rec Diving gave us a unique opportunity to share our passion with others, and we are better people for it.

And through it all, we did create more balance in our lives, more specifically a work/life/dive balance that has served us well.

12 replies
  1. Linda R
    Linda R says:

    Congratulations Jim and Diane on a great 19 year run. We hope that you find someone with the same passion and love to carry on the Rec Diving tradition.

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      • Diane Richards
        Diane Richards says:

        Our next adventure is hopefully working with the new owner(s) to carry on the Rec Diving legacy with some incredible dive trips sprinkled in =) First we have to find that special person(s) to buy Rec Diving! We figure it will definitely be a “process”, but we also believe the only way to find someone is to put it out there.

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  2. Barb and Gary
    Barb and Gary says:

    Congratulations on a successful career change. We’re so glad you left the corporate world to help us enjoy diving more than we ever thought. We hope we get a chance to see you before you leave when we visit Michigan.

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    • Diane Richards
      Diane Richards says:

      Thank you Barb and Gary! We’re so glad we left the corporate world too (with no regrets) and thankful that we have been doing what we love for almost 20 years. And don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere, we plan on working with the new owner(s) when we find them! Definitely stop in when you are in Michigan =)

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  3. Don, West Bloomfield
    Don, West Bloomfield says:

    OMG its been 19 years??? I remember when Mike and Linda left and everyone thought that Rec Diving would fall apart. You certainly proved all of them wrong. Let’s hope that your successors will also. Good Luck in your next life’s adventure; you have earned it. Looking forward to chatting with you in Bonaire.

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    • Diane Richards
      Diane Richards says:

      Thanks Don. That’s very nice of you to say. And you are right, we did have some big shoes to fill! We still have the best staff and team of instructors and dive leaders in the industry. We’d love our successors to benefit from Rec Diving’s stability and then take it to the next level with their own flair.

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  4. Arianna Stewart
    Arianna Stewart says:

    Hi Diane & Jim;
    Grandpa told me that you are going to sell Rec diving and retire. We are planning on another Family trip to Roatan during Christmas of 2018. I hope you will be on that trip also, it won’t be the same without you.
    Thanks to Jim for teaching me how to dive and Snipe hunt.
    Thanks to Diane for being my dive bubby.
    Love Arianna (Ari)

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    • Diane Richards
      Diane Richards says:

      It was our pleasure teaching you and being your dive buddy on many awesome trips! Tell Grandpa to slow down haha, we just started our search for the new owners! We figure it might take some time =)

      A family trip to Roatan sounds perfect! We had so much fun with you guys when we last went.

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  5. Walt and Pat
    Walt and Pat says:

    What is the saying, time flys fast when you are having fun, or are with great friends! Best of luck with your new chapter in your life! You two have made a great difference in our lifes.

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    • Diane Richards
      Diane Richards says:

      Thanks Walt and Pat! We certainly have shared many super fun dive trips together and we look forward to many many more! We’re hoping the next chapter will be training the “new Jim and Diane” so Rec Diving can continue helping create incredible memories for you and more divers in the future.

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