Fort Lauderdale resident Nico Giani got his first taste of scuba diving in East Africa.
“I was twelve years old,” he remembers. “My parents were missionaries and we were living in Arusha, in East Africa. I used to spend the summers on the beach with the other Americans and, one day, one of their parents showed us the basics. I was hooked.”
Fifteen years later, Nico is no less passionate about diving – and has turned his hobby into a profitable business by teaching scuba diving from his shop in Pompano Beach, FL.
“I get to do what I love every day,” he admits, “and it’s really rewarding to be able to share that with the students that I have. I’m PADI certified and considered one of the best instructors on the beach.”
To help him with his business, Nico invested in not just one of our boat boxes but several.
“I needed two right outside my shop,” he says. “One is your Seat Top Storage Box. It’s great for storing scuba gear, rope and tanks – but also makes a comfortable place to sit down, hang out and watch the world go by when it’s quiet.”
His other dock box is a Large Polymer Dock Box.
“It’s huge,” he explains, “which means I can use it to store tanks, masks – pretty much everything I need – within easy reach. I can lock it too, which is great peace of mind even in a neighborhood with a low crime rate like this one.”
Although they’re left out all year round – often in direct sunlight well in excess of 100 degrees – both boxes look brand new.
“It’s incredible. I have to repaint my chairs and table every year because of sun damage, but these boxes are clearly made to last.”
Nico also has a pair of Small Polymer Boat Boxes which he uses as storage solutions for his boat when taking students out on the water.
“They’re good for all sorts of things,” he explains. “I like to throw my student’s belongings in there – things like wallets, phones etc. That way they know they’re safe. I’ve also been known to use them as a cooler once in a while!”
With a hectic schedule and a constant stream of customers, Nico has this simple reason for choosing our products:
“The initial purchase cost might have seemed high, but they’ve lasted me for years. I can’t imagine what a hassle it would be to have to replace the boxes every summer, when they fade or crack because of the sun. I think I’d have spent much more on cheaper options in the long run.”
That’s a philosophy Nico learned from scuba diving:
“Always invest in quality equipment,” he says. “Because you don’t know where you’re going to be if the cheaper alternative craps out on you!”