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Man believes to have made $15 million diving for golf balls

Published on: 13th November, 2015 | Diving News
Photo credit: Image Credit: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/06/sport/golf-ball-lake-diving-divers-course/
Ever thought about changing careers? Thought about becoming a diving instructor or getting into the diving industry? How about just dive for golf balls, and make a considerable amount of money.

 Glen Berger is a diver, but not of the normal kind, he doesn’t dive reefs or caves, he dives the lakes of golf driving ranges. He retrieves the balls back from the bottom of the lakes and sells them back to the clubs to use in driving ranges. 

He believes that he is retrieving between approximately 1.3-1.7 million balls a year across the golf rich state of Florida. At $1 a ball, and some worth more than that, Berger believes he has earned more than $15 million dollars. 
But its not as simple as it sounds, Berger has encountered a variety of different things, including tables, golf carts, lawnmowers, and even snakes and alligators. Berger said “I don’t really like to talk about alligators but they happen”, he said one of this most frightening experiences was when a 2m long alligator crawled onto his back, he managed to escape without injury and approximately 4000 gold balls. 

The original article ‘This man says he made $15 million diving for golf balls’ by Jai Bednall is available here: http://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/this-man-says-he-made-15-million-diving-for-golf-balls/story-fno61i58-1227584954886 


Ryan Duchatel

REC Divemaster, OC & CCR TEC diver. PhD candidate in Experimental Pharmacology