Bill Lamp'l

Bill Lamp'l

Founder


Grove Scuba

Miami, FL USA


You either have the time or the money. Right now, you might have the time, but not the money. Later in life, you might have the money, but not the time. I wanted to make sure time didn’t run out before it was too late to do something I love.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA.
Attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor's degree in History, Technology, and Society—a degree that combined history, math, science, and engineering classes.
After graduating, he wanted to do something during the summer before he started law school, so he completed his divemaster and dive instructor certifications.
From then on, he continued diving regularly—says he always considered diving to be his back-up career.
Moved to Miami, FL, where he attended the University of Miami and received his PhD in law.
He practiced law for about a year and a half after graduating, but realized that it wasn’t his passion.
In 2006, he decided to follow through on his back-up career plan and opened Grove Scuba in Miami where he is a certified PADI Course Director and actively involved in diver safety training.
He is also passionate about traveling and underwater photography—his work has been published in National Geographic, Scuba Diving Magazine, Sport Diver, and more.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
History, General
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
doctorate
Doctorate
Law
University of Miami
certification
Certification/License
Scuba Instructor Trainer
certification
Certification/License
CPR and First Aid Instructor Trainer
Career

Career

Founder

I own and operate a scuba diving shop in Miami.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Action Sports
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Being Physically Active
Being Physically Active

Day to Day

My day typically involves checking in students and certified divers in the morning and diving with them in the ocean in the afternoon.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You definitely need to go through divemaster and dive instructor training.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

You need to have a passion for this work. Take some intro to scuba diving classes to see if it is something that truly interests you. Getting certified is something that can benefit you in a variety of ways even if you don't pursue diving as a full time job.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Diving for work is going to be less fun than diving as a hobby."

There are always going to be days where the work aspect of this job is stressful and not enjoyable. In those cases, diving does become less fun than it was when I started. At the end of the day, diving is something I love, so I always take the time to go on dives just for fun in order to remind myself why I decided to do this.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

It is a struggle to start your own business. It takes a lot of money to invest in getting the business going and then it always takes a while to build up a clientele that will start earning you money.

Work Stress
Work Stress

In addition to financial struggles, running your own business is generally stressful. You have employees and customers to worry about, equipment safety, etc. Thankfully, diving is my stress relief.