Patrick & Sherry Hammer Sell Scuba Emporium

Patrick Hammer

It is with mixed emotions of great pleasure and sadness Sherry and I announce that we have sold the store and want to slow down (just a bit).

In 1974, when I first opened Scuba Emporium, people thought I was crazy. However as crazy as it seemed, it has been an unbelievable run.

We have had the pleasure of certifying tens of thousands of scuba divers, made over ten thousand PADI Instructors, and had stores in 4 states. We have helped many open up successful dive stores and traveled the world with our wonderful customers by our side. We watched families grow and witnesses our young customers get married and circle back around, allowing us to train their grandchildren.

We thrived in good economies and survived when the economy was weak. We have made friends all over the world and had the best job in the world.

So it is time for the next exciting chapter in our life. We plan to continue doing what we love, teaching and running dive travel trips. I want to continue to teach PADI Instructors locally, in other states, and abroad. Sherry loves teaching children and still is hopeful to be able to make young scuba divers. Together we will teach classes and specialties. Our dream is to continue to be leaders in the industry and inspire others to follow their dreams with scuba.

Retail has changed so much over the years and we do not want to be tied to the retail aspect of the business.

We cannot express our gratitude to the many loyal customers that supported us over four decades, our amazing staff (some of which have been with us for twenty plus years and are a second family to us), and PADI, the greatest training agency in the world.

We hope to continue to grow the dive industry.

We thank you for this great run and remember, we’re not leaving, just changing directions. We have some great trips planned in the future and hope you will continue to travel with us.

We can be reached at:
Patrick E-mail: Patrick@scubaemporium.com
Cell: 708-650-3483
Sherry E-mail Sherry@scubaemporium.com
Cell: 708-651-3483

 

About Gene Muchanski

Executive Director at Dive Industry Association. Board Member at Dive Industry Foundation. Marketing Consultant to the Diving Industry. I have been a certified Scuba Diver since I was 15 years old and have been a passionate waterman for as long as I can remember.
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