By 1995 Seven Seas Divers had grown into a small community network that numbered in excess of 1000 divers but other interests were beginning to emerge. Jim began to realize that like him many of his divers loved to snow ski, mountain bike, golf and trail hike so he decided to try an experiment.
The "First Annual Snow Ski Extravaganza" was scheduled for that winter and eleven diver-types took on the challenge - after all - snow is frozen water. Since then the ski trips have become an annual event. Then there were the mountain bike weekends on single track, the over night hikes in North Georgia, white water trips on the Ocoee, par 3-hole sponsorships at several golf tournaments, etc, etc. Scuba was and is still the core of the community but what is clear is that Atlanta is an adventure capital and we have decided to take that seriously.
In 2005 Seven Seas Divers officially filed papers with the Secretary of State to change their corporate name from Seven Seas Divers, Inc. to Venturetrek, Inc. and the corporate mission expanded to multi-adventure training and travel.
A couple of years ago Jim was asked to take on the role as Faculty Advisor for the Scuba Tech club and also to help coordinate and recreate a new scuba training program for the Campus Recreation Center at Ga Tech. This was a perfect match in his role as a Unit Director for the Distance Learning and Professional Education Department at Tech but more like a marriage as a scuba instructor. He quickly agreed to take on the challenge but knew that he could not do it all. He worked collectively and closely with another fellow instructor - Mr. Jim Greenlee. So take two of the best instructors in the city, the best aquatics facility in the country, years of collective experience, the proven success of Venturetrek's chartered travel program - put it in a can, shake it up and what do you have. Total magic...
Atlanta is a gateway to great scuba and snorkeling destinations as well as some of the best snow-skiing destinations around. Locally, there are amazing road and mountain biking opportunities, back-packing and day-hiking, tubing, white water and of course golf courses galore. Venturetrek plans to continue tapping into the best of each.