An adventurous business model?
Somehow I had imagined whale watching calm and contemplative, maybe even meditative in harmony with nature. But far from it: riding on a Zodiac dinghy in the fog with 12 knots across the water, chasing the next whale that pops up somewhere in the waters off St Andrews by-the-Sea to breathe is quite adventurous - and fits perfectly with Dave.
Because his business model is itself the purest whale watching: "Mother Nature is a moody mistress. And she has a million tricks in store. You can only guess in theory what the whales are going to do next - you can not be sure. "
The perfect setting for entrepreneurs
What he describes there sounds like the perfect attitude to life for an entrepreneur: Of course you can acquire a lot of knowledge and work out all sorts of strategies. You can not really be sure what happens, because the market is unpredictable. "
Dave therefore makes what is best as a whale watcher as well as entrepreneur: he reacts flexibly. For example, in which his Zociac snaps to a different location, when a whale is reported there over radio.
Flexibility as a competitive advantage
In this maneuverability, Dave sees his big advantage - in every respect: there are other providers for whale watching in St. Andrews - including catamarans and fishing boats. But Dave, he says, can react to the unforeseen things much faster with his Zodiac dinghy.
Also because he hardly has any expenses: "For a Katameran, for example, you need a crew, I can control the Zodiac alone. That costs me so little! "He explains his business concept.
Foundation from the belly
Before Dave 1995 be Company He has a good job with the government in the capital Ottawa. But then he saw in British Columbia in Canada's west, a Whale Watcher with a fast and manoeuvrable Zodiac dinghy and thought spontaneously: "Thats me - I want that too!"
Dave admits that the idea has mainly inspired the boat. In just a few hours, he had decided, out of his guts, to throw up his job in Ottawa. Five days later he quit. Without business plan and double floor.
No Risk, no Fun!
The company's location was also quickly found: St Andrews by the Sea was the birthplace of Dave's father, so many contacts were available. Since then, Dave has been doing what he enjoys: he heats with a zodiac over the water. And quite successful: he has won several prizes so far.
Giving the safe job to a government agency to make something as adventurous as whale watching, with a fragile engine dinghy: for many Germans unthinkable. On the east coast of Canada, in St. Andrews by the Sea, David Welch has found his dream job.
No one ever went overboard!
Dave does not have a formal education for his job: he has partly read his knowledge, partly learned through observation and experience. That's pretty good: at the preliminary meeting, he can tell us details from the life of the whales that one might think he was a marine biologist.
And even using his Zodiac inflatable boat dominates Dave, as if he had never done anything else. Critics he holds dry against: "So far, no tourist has ever gone overboard."
Originally a media manager
At the same time, Dave had originally done a training in mediamanagement since also worked. Later, he was appointed to the Canadian Government's administrative organization in the capital, Ottowa.
When he met 1995 a whale watcher with a zodiac dinghy in British Columbia on the Canadian west coast, he saddled briefly and founds his company Fundytiderunners.
Re-launching is becoming increasingly important
The colleague from BC had helped him a lot back then, when Dave told him he wanted to copy his idea on the other side of the country: "I was not a competitor - because he explained everything to me." Nevertheless, all this had been "a lot of work" , But that was worth it: To date, Dave is the only one who offers whale watching on the east coast with a Zodiac rubber dinghy.
The ability to start a new career every few years is not a shortcoming for the Canadian but an important and necessary skill: "I've tried so many jobs in my life, I'm already on 50," he says and is convinced : "Doing a job all your life may have worked for our parents. But today it does not work anymore. "
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