ron_kipp_ ocean author, dive business, scuba diving businessRon Kipp’s Story

The Cayman Islands —  Ron Kipp was a rising star at IBM during the company’s heyday in the 1970s. By 1980 Kipp, a former Air Force officer who served in Vietnam, was living in suburban Ohio and working as an IBM sales executive. It appeared he had “everything” but Ron felt restless and unhappy—until he risked it all and abruptly left the corporate world to follow his dream of owning a scuba diving business in the Cayman Islands.


“How I jumped Off the corporate Ladder and Into My Dream”

Ron shares stories of the hilarious, epic fails and thrilling successes associated with his life-changing move to the tropics in his new book, From ‘Big Blue’ to the Deep Blue: How I Jumped Off the Corporate Ladder at IBM and Into My Dream of Owning a Cayman Islands Dive Center.

Ron’s story is a heart warming and hilarious must read, perfect for dive travel pros, scuba diving enthusiasts and anyone who’s ever felt locked into a life that’s unfulfilling and longs to pursue their passion.


An Inspiration to those Yearning for a New Start

Far from a cautionary tale of one man’s midlife crisis, the book is an inspiration to anyone who’s ever longed for a fresh start. It’s an especially important read for the dive travel industry, as Ron’s stories provide an intimate look at the dawning days of dive travel in the Caribbean.

The official book launch will take place during the dive industry trade-only DEMA Show 2013 in Orlando, FL November 5-8, 2013 in the Cayman Islands Pavilion, Booth #1452.


About Ron Kipp

As a young kid, Ron Kipp had a passion for model airplanes and wanted to grow up to be an Air Force fighter pilot. Unfortunately, while in the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Tulsa, Ron learned that he is colorblind. His colorblindness kept him on the ground as an Air Force supply officer instead of in the cockpit of a jet. After serving in Vietnam he was honorably discharged and landed a promising sales position in the office products division of “Big Blue” corporate giant, IBM.

Restless for adventure, Kipp learned to scuba dive in 1968 and soon became an instructor, training students and taking them on exotic dive trips. In 1980, on the eve of his 40 birthday, Ron became the new owner of Bob Soto’s Diving, Ltd., located on the island of Grand Cayman, which he operated for 23 years before selling it in 2001.

Ron Kipp’s book, From ‘Big Blue’ to the Deep Blue: How I Jumped Off the Corporate Ladder at IBM and Into My Dream of Owning a Cayman Islands Dive Center retails for $29.95 and is available at select bookstores and dive centers in the United States and in the Cayman Islands and on To learn more, visit

Ron currently owns a film production company, Caribbean Producer Services on Grand Cayman, where he lives with his wife Kathie Kipp and their two spoiled Bassett hounds.

For more information contact Ron Kipp by phoning 310.534.3157 (international calling rates do not apply) or 345.916.0102 (Cayman cell, international calling rates apply); e-mail or visit