They would risk their lives just to recover a golf ball. Some of them have been bitten by alligators, snakes and snapping turtles in retile infested ponds, but they persevere. Who in his right mind would risk his life for a job like that? Well, maybe you would if you realize that you can make somewhere in the ballpark of $650 to $900 recovering golf balls.
If you are just starting out with this kind of job, it would cost you. Aside from the usual snorkel gear guide and full face snorkel mask, you need to be a licensed scuba diver. A good diver can easily recover somewhere between 3,000 to 9,000 balls a day and it can weight around 80 pounds. This means that the lift can be heavy and you need to have a vehicle to do it for you. You also need to be ready to work on all conditions and that could be a health hazard. If that sounds like too much work, you can also consider using some high-tech methods of ball recovery.
What it’s Like to be a Golf Ball Diver
What’s a man wearing a wetsuit, hood and booties doing in a golf course? You might find it funny but instead of the usual stashes of golf clubs, you can find in his cart a couple of extra scuba tanks, full face snorkel mask and maybe a snorkel gear guide. On top these, you can find in his cart some yellow mesh dive bags some of which are filled with balls while some are empty. This is how it’s like to be a golf ball diver.
When he dives below the surface, the story abruptly changes. Raking through branches and mud, he recovers balls like there’s no tomorrow, picking five to seven balls at a time and filling his mesh bag with it. When he emerges, he would easily have filled each bag with a thousand balls and weighing roughly 70 pounds each. In a single hour, he could earn more than $100 and in a year, $2,500 is a likely earning from a single pond. A lucrative business if you can recover balls.
Ways to Cash In Recovered Golf Balls
If you’re a large scale diver, you might want to consider dealing with wholesalers who would buy as much as 5,000 balls at a time. Most wholesalers would buy between 6 to 12 cents per ball and if you’re a good collector that can easily add up to hundreds of dollars on a daily basis.
If you’re not an unusually fast collector, you might consider retailing your balls on your own. You can either sell it on a plea market or if you have Internet access (who doesn’t these days) you might consider selling them online. If you head over at eBay, you would be surprised at how many are bidding for golf balls. If you want to make more, avoid the ‘buy it now’ option and go for the actual bidding instead.