A Look Inside DJ’s Scuba Locker 0
Our Featured Dive Shop of the Month
Since our earliest days, YourBagTag has focused on providing custom scuba tags for dive enthusiasts. And many of the ideas for the equipment tags, personalized zipper pulls, and work order tags were a result of a collaboration with our dear friends Dan and Cindy at DJ’s Scuba Locker.
This week, we’re sharing their story and we think you’ll find them as amazing as we do!
About DJ’s Scuba Locker
DJ’s Scuba Locker, located in Brookfield, IL, opened its doors in 1995, but Dan and Cindy’s passion for diving started way earlier. Dan was a certified diver when he and Cindy met. Although Cindy was not, she quickly developed an interest and in 1984, the year they were married, she earned her diving certification.
Dan became a certified PADI instructor in 1986 and they started a dive club. After several years of traveling with their dive club, they decided to take it to the next level and opened their own dive shop. So in 1995, DJ’s Scuba Locker opened in a small storefront in Lyons, IL. As the business grew, they eventually moved to their current location in Brookfield in 2012.
DJ’s Scuba locker is a full-service SDI/TDI/ERDI Professional Develop Center and a PADI Dive Center, specializing in Public Safety Dive training, equipment sales and travel. DJ’s runs three to four scuba diving trips per year to amazing locations such as the Cayman Islands, Maldives, Cozumel, and Bonaire.
DJ’s also works with Fire Department dive teams, providing them service for their dive equipment, training and purchases since 2006. DJ’s works with over 65 of these departments and partnered with the Romeoville Fire Academy in 2012 to instruct their subsurface classes through ERDI.
In 2016 DJ’s Scuba Locker became the National Service Center for the Interspiro Surface Supplied Air Systems, which are used by fire departments for recovery, rescue, and locating evidence.
DJ’s Community Outreach
In addition to being an awesome dive shop and resource for fire departments, DJ’s Scuba Locker has found several ways to give back to the community by sharing their love of everything diving.
DJ’s is a strong supporter of Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) program whose Instructors teach Veterans from Walter Reed and Bethesda hospitals how to scuba dive. They also participate in fundraisers for these Veterans and are proud to say that one of their amazing customers even sponsored a SUDS diver on a recent trip to Cozumel.
Additionally, each year, DJ’s partners with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and the Wounded Hero Foundation to support Wounded Veterans through an adaptive sports and military camp. These Veterans come to camp for a long weekend event to participate in a round robin of sports including rock climbing, basketball, swimming, and of course, scuba diving.
Besides donating the equipment, dive instructors and volunteers, DJ’s teaches Veterans how to scuba dive and play games underwater such as, hockey, torpedoes, and underwater bubble guns.
According to Cindy, the underwater scuba games are always a big hit for the Veterans. This past year, DJ’s designed a challenge coin for all Veterans who participate in the scuba portion during this camp. When they complete the challenge, a scuba instructor and military veteran who works for DJ’s, palms the Veterans their challenge coin underwater.
DJ’s also works with the Shirly Ryan Ability Lab to sponsor scuba programs for children who have disabilities or have been injured. Some of these children have the opportunity to get certified in scuba. DJ’s partners with a dive shop in Florida, Sea Dwellers Dive Center, who provides the dive boat and crew for the dive trip with the kids.
DJ’s Scuba Locker and YourBagTag
Yes, we think DJ’s Scuba is pretty special. And we are proud to say that they’ve been with us on our journey from the very beginning. When we first had the idea to create tags to help scuba divers identify their gear, we approached Cindy and Dan and asked for their help.
They donated props and let us borrow equipment to test our ideas on. And they provided ongoing feedback and suggestions for new products to service scuba divers, dive shops, and dive resorts.
DJ’s was instrumental in helping us come up with many of the ideas such as the wetsuit zipper pulls and custom mask straps. Together, we also came up with the idea of the Velcro straps for scuba tanks to help identify them.
“It’s great to be able to personalize your gear”, said Cindy. “As a thank you to our customers who join us on one of our trips, they receive either a personalized BCD tag, zipper pull, luggage tag or key chain from YourBagTag as a memento.”
Cindy also asked us to design work order tags to mark their customer gear and writeable BCD tags for tracking equipment, which we were happy to do.
According to Cindy, “It used to take a lot of time and effort to keep the service documentation with the equipment. Now, this tag stays with the equipment throughout the entire service process. We also asked to have the ability to keep track of equipment by diver for the caring for kids program. We asked, and they delivered. A writeable BCD tag was designed for our programs.”
So, we worked with DJ’s to design these tags for their needs. Two examples are below.
We were more than happy to help Cindy and Dan come up with a more efficient way to track service orders and mark dive equipment. It has been a great partnership over the years!
They are one of many dive shops across the country and around the world that we are proud to partner with.
Whether you need custom tags to identify your dive shop gear, mementos for your dive travel customers, or a custom solution like DJ’s work order tags or BCD equipment tags, we are happy to help you make your dive shop stand out.
Give us a call at 479.553.7275 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Scuba Cave Diver? Show Them! 0
Attaching YourBagTag Scuba Name ID Tags to Dive Shop & Resort Rental Gear 0
While 4 inch zip ties work well for attaching YourBagTag scuba name ID tags to recreational gear, dive shops and resort rentals get a lot more wear and tear. A more sturdy way of attaching tags was given to us several years ago by a dive shop owner who stopped into our booth at the Diving Equipment Marketing Association (DEMA) trade show.
You will need several items - 150 lb test fishing leader, mini copper double barrel crimp sleeves 1.4 mm X 7 mm, and a crimping tool. I purchased mine on Amazon.com, here are the links as of Jan. 2017:
Cut a suitable length of leader material - actual length will depend on where you are going to attach the tag. Try and keep the length to a minimum as excessive length may allow the tag to catch on other equipment. Carefully insert ends of leader into the barrel crimp and use crimping tool to finish the crimp. Be sure and test by pulling on the tag.
Note: If you are using a different thickness - lighter/heavier line, you will need to adjust the size of the crimp. CatchAllTackle.com suggests the following crimp sizes for line:
- 1.0mm x 14mm 60-80lb mono,
- 1.3mm x 14mm 80-150 lb,
- 1.4mm x 14mm 120-150lb,
- 1.5mm x 14mm 150-200lb,
- 1.8mm x 14mm 250-300lb,
- 2.0mm x 14mm 300-400lb,
- 2.2mm x 14mm 400-500lb,
- 2.5mm x 14mm 500-600lb,
- 2.7mm x14mm 600+,
- 2.9mm x 14mm
New Scuba BC Slate Name Tag 0
Many of our products begin as ideas or suggestions that come from you, our customers. Our new Scuba BC Slate Name Tag is no exception. The idea for this tag came straight from the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) trade show floor. A dive shop and resort owner came up to our booth on the show floor and said, “We love your embroidered BC name tags, is there any way you could make one that we could write on with a grease pencil?” The BC Slate Name Tag was born. Dive shops, resorts, and live-aboards can now enjoy the same benefits of being able to quickly identify their students or guests when they are all in the same kind of dive gear. The BC Slate Name Tag is made with the same tough 2 inch polypropylene webbing as our standard BC tag and comes with a white or yellow matte plastic slate material that measures 2.5 inches wide by 1.75 inches tall. The slate is attached to the webbing by a marine adhesive and 4 nylon rivets.
The slate can be engraved with up to 2 lines of laser-engraved text. Wholesale pricing is available.