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Meet Brian Hall of Dockside Divers in Point Loma

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Hall.

Brian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started the company in 2005 as a way to take my love and passion for the water and make money. At the time of starting it, my wife was working 30 hours a week, plus another 30 hour internship on top of 18 units in school. I was goofing off spear-fishing each day and she politely informed me that we “were broke, and that I needed to contribute a little more”. It was originally a side business while working at Sport Chalet in the Dive department, but I quickly realized that I enjoyed being the one who makes and disburses the decisions and not the one receiving them. One customer quickly grew into 10, then 50 and at 65 I left Sport Chalet. We now have over 600 per rotation almost 13 years later.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a fairly smooth business to run. The biggest struggle was making a decision to actually pour my heart and soul into it, once I did that in 2013 things have really taken off.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a marine service business based in San Diego. We have both topside (boat detailing/washes) and diving service. We are known for our commitment to providing excellent service and communication to the customer. One of the things I am most proud of is the development of our younger partners, who have grown up with the company. I believe that is what sets us apart from other competitors, as they have a vested interest in maintaining the high standards we have set, which enables us to continually accommodate new customer growth.

What were you like growing up?
I’ve grown up in San Diego since the age of 1. I have always been and outside kid, but didn’t take full advantage of being so close to the ocean. I was always the kid in class who asked questions, but didn’t care for the homework. I felt I had learned it in class, so what was the point? I played football for 10 years, deciding to stop after my Junior year in college, which was at the University of Louisville. It was being in Kentucky that made me realize I had ignored one of the coolest things, the ocean!

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