On this day 24 years ago a young WA couple, Wayne Stewart and Leanne Hammence, decided to start a dive business on Christmas Island. Christmas Island Wet’n’Dry Adventures was born, starting out in a small flat in the Kampong.
In early 1996, a Japanese guy arrived for a diving holiday. Although he was meant to stay for only 3 days, he ripped-up his return ticket to Japan and stayed. Despite having very little English, he plucked up the courage to ask Wayne (with his English dictionary in his left hand) for a job: “Me. Diving. Job,” and he has been diving here on Christmas Island ever since!
By 1999, Wayne and Leanne were ready for a change and that Japanese guy(now with slightly better English) took on their business as his own. With just 14 tanks, 4 x sets of rental gear, a 1974 model Land Rover and “Feral” the trusty boat. Hama ran the business from his tiny backpacker’s room behind the Rumah Tinggi.
He had the opportunity to expand his business on many occasions, but he made the conscious decision to keep it small and personal. Focusing on small groups with small impact, he places a high value on friendly customer service.
22 years later he is still here on the island, running the same small business. Now he has help from his wife, two daughters and dive master extroadinaire, Lynny Jenyns.
Thank you to Wayne and Leanne. None of this would have been possible without your support and kindness. Hama still cant believe the serendipity when he discovered that the business was registered on 13th June, Hama’s birthday. “This is my business, it is my destiny”
Happy 24th Anniversary Wet’nDry. Happy Birthday Hama. Thank you Wayne and Leanne.