Cris Merz

About Cris

Cris joined International Training in 2006 and currently conducts the team of Regional Managers in North America dedicated to ensuring our members are kept up to date, introduced to our new products, changes and advances with the company and expanding new business.  While not managing the sales team, Cris’ department overviews business development in the Caribbean, Central and most of South America.  Cris still gets underwater as much as he can now that the office moved to Florida and splits his time cycling when he is not diving around the coast of Florida or wherever life takes him

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You’re Fired…

We've all been there... struggling to please a customer who's always trying to swindle you into a deal that's good for them but not so great for you. Or the ones who no matter how far you go out of your way, will just never be happy. It might be time for you to fire your customer...
April 24, 2017/by brittany hadfield

Selling Training Online

Did you know you can get credit for your customer's e-learning courses? Now you do! And you most definitely should be doing this. We're walking you through exactly how to do it so you can get the credit for all your courses.
March 30, 2017/by brittany hadfield

Haenyeo : The last of the greatest generation of women divers.

Though the tradition of free diving in Jeju dates back to 430AD, it wasn’t until the 18th century that women became the dominant force in the free diving trade.
January 3, 2017/by SDI/TDI/ERDI

Cris Merz

December 21, 2016/by SDI/TDI/ERDI
How to win at retail

How to “WIN” at Retail and Visual Merchandising

Today, consumers like shopping online, it isn’t your fault – it is the way we do things now. However, what we can do is to learn how to make our store warmer, friendlier and more appealing than our competitors. Here are a few tips that can help you as a retailer improve.
November 21, 2016/by SDI/TDI/ERDI
Adding Value

Stop Discounting, Add Value

While most retailers think that by making things cheaper they will be able to close the sale easier because people focus a lot on cost, well, that’s just lazy selling.
October 24, 2016/by SDI/TDI/ERDI

The TDI Tech Divemaster – What is it & why do it?

Technical diving offers new challenges with advanced levels of planning, gear configuration, and of course training.
October 4, 2016/by SDI/TDI/ERDI
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Do What You Love as a Career

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C. S. Lewis
August 31, 2016/by jamescouncill

What is YOUR favorite Dive Site?

I was asked to put down a list of the top ten destinations in the Caribbean according to Yelp and decided against it. You can “Yelp” it yourself.
August 3, 2016/by jamescouncill
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Do You Tip Your Flight Attendant?

Tipping can be a delicate topic that people tend to awkwardly dance around at times.
June 29, 2016/by jamescouncill
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Why Did I Open My Big Mouth?

Aquaworld was celebrating their 30th anniversary and decided that they would host a bash that included a 12k and a 6k race in the hotel zone of Cancun on the 8th of May. Now pay attention to that date because it’s important.
June 1, 2016/by jamescouncill

What to Look for in a Local Dive Shop?

Finding a great dive center is not always easy, but it doesn’t have to be difficult either and if you find these three elements, you are on the right path.
March 2, 2016/by jamescouncill

Which Specialties Make Sense for Me?

You may already have the answer to the direction you want to take, but if you don’t, here are a few tips to assist you.
March 2, 2016/by jamescouncill

5 Tips for a Safe and Fun Night Dive

Diving at night is diving in another world and it should not be taken lightly… even if you have dove the same site, time after time during the day, doing so at night will bring you to a new world, with new shadows and new life.
September 2, 2015/by jamescouncill

3 Reasons Your Mask Leaks

Three topics will be covered that may assist a diver with mask leakage issues: hair, mask size, and mask quality.
 
January 6, 2015/by jamescouncill

3 Conversation Starters Among Scuba Divers

What makes for good fun conversation over a cold beverage after a day of diving?
 
November 13, 2014/by jamescouncill

3 Tips for Diving Nitrox Safely

The best way to prepare and plan is to follow three core tips when diving Nitrox. 1. Analyze 2. Label 3. Set Computer
 
November 12, 2014/by jamescouncill

Amazing Underwater Encounters

View some of our amazing underwater encounters, and send us yours too!
 
September 2, 2014/by jamescouncill

Open Water Certified, Now What?

There is so much out there with continuing education, sometimes it can be a little bit overwhelming trying to choose what the next steps should be. A lot of it may also depend on the region you live in and what your local dives may entail. The bottom line is… the adventure has just started.
April 9, 2014/by SDI/TDI/ERDI

Nitrox – When to Dive It

by Cris Merz: The fantastic stories about voodoo gas seem…
March 13, 2014/by SDI/TDI/ERDI

Media Luna Hotel y Resort Looking for an ADVENTURE OFF the beaten path?

Recently, La Media Luna Facilities joined the growing ranks of…
July 26, 2011/by tdisdiHQ

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