Business Focus: Underwater Phantaseas On

Instructor Michelle gets ready for class


Business: Underwater Phantaseas
Address: 160 S. Union Blvd.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Founded: 1990
Contact: 303-988-6725;
Employees: 30

Interview with Derek Prosser, owner

Q: How did you get involved in this business?
A: I was drawn to the water from a very early age. So, when I was trying to decide on a career path, scuba seemed like a good fit. I became a scuba instructor at the age of 20 in 1984 and have been in the scuba business ever since.

Q: What distinguishes you from other businesses in your category?
A: We are a one-stop scuba shop. With our on-site pool and classroom it is very convenient to complete your scuba training with us. Once certified, we have everything the Colorado scuba diver needs to stay active. We escort six to eight scuba trips each year to exotic destinations all over the world. We also have a full-service repair facility, plenty of rental equipment and a great selection of new equipment to purchase.

Q: What do you like best about your line of work?
A: The best part about my business is the fact that we are always dealing with happy people who are visiting us in preparation for an exciting scuba trip somewhere exotic.

Q: What is your business’ biggest challenge?
A: Our biggest challenge is getting the word out to people, who are thinking about scuba that it takes far less time and money than they think. A lot of our new customers are surprised to find out that they can get scuba certified in as little as two weekends. And for around $400.

Q: Something people might be surprised to learn about you or your business:
A: Other than what I discussed in the previous statement, I think people are pleasantly surprised to find out what a friendly and welcoming industry scuba is. Most of the people you meet in the scuba world are there because they love their sport and love helping new people to get involved with scuba.