The overall purpose of the club is to provide well-organized and safe diving and training at the lowest possible cost to its members.
Firstly, the Kuwait Mantas is a not-for-profit diving club, not a commercial diving operation. All officers, instructors, and helpers contribute their time and effort as volunteers. We have no paid staff. Of course, maintaining the major equipment necessary for diving, especially a boat, costs a considerable amount of money. All surpluses are used to pay for the maintenance and repair of equipment and to purchase new equipment.
Secondly, instead of relying solely on income from diving and training, as would a commercial operation, we organize several fund-raising events throughout the year, such as a dinner dance, quiz nights and horse-race nights. These events can raise a useful amount of money to supplement the income from diving. Thus, we can keep the charges for diving and training very low - only charging for the necessary materials more or less at cost.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, everything from filling cylinders to keeping the accounts, from carrying out repairs and maintenance on the boat to providing dive training, is undertaken by club members on a voluntary basis. In the Mantas, everyone plays their part in reducing the costs and making the club a success.
Since we lack premises of our own, and have no regular venue, part of that success is due to the system of Social events (usually Tuesdays). On joining, every member, whether diving or non-diving associate, accepts the obligation to host a social once in the year. Whether this is at home, or at another location, is immaterial; whether home cooking, or bought-in, likewise (although the first is always very much appreciated). This is not onerous, and guidance can always be given, but it does ensure staying in touch and maintains our spirit as a true club.