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.
About 12 years ago Jim was the co-founder of the Ga Tech Scuba program known as GTScuba (a collaboration between Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) and the Campus Recreation Center (CRC). He was also asked to become the Faculty Advisor for the Scuba Tech club. This was a perfect match in his role as Academic Director at GTPE but more like a marriage with his background as scuba instructor. Over the past 10 years the program has grown exponentially and has gained the reputation as one of the best university training centers in the city, with one of the best aquatics facility in the country, years of collective experience (13 instructors and multiple Divemasters), instructor led certification trips - put it all 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.